9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith Yahweh.
In this instance the sun symbolized the sovereign power and glory of the commonwealth, of which Jerusalem was the capital. It went down when the state was destroyed by the Chaldeans.
But it shone forth again; and again went down, when the kingdom was taken away from the Pharisees -- when "the sun was darkened, the moon gave no light, and the stars fell from the Heaven;" and were thenceforth suppressed superlatively "until He come whose right it is," even "the sun and shield."
10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.
Bro Roberts applied the first part of this verse to himself in his autobiography 'My Days and My Ways'. Also...
"Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?" (20:18)
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Yahweh Elohim of hosts.
To be off one's food is a bad sign.
It shows that something is wrong. A person in health has an appetite-he has regard for his meals, and eats them with a relish. This applies alike to babes and adults-to the contents of the feeding bottle and to the solid food on the plate.
To turn from the natural to the spiritual. There is an edifying analogy. Healthy creatures in Christ Jesus want their food-their spiritual food-and they enjoy it when they get it. With them it is not a mere "doing" of their daily readings, but an exercise which gives positive delight. Without a doubt the extent of our appreciation of the appointed readings is an index to our soundness and robustness in the truth.
The proper-the ideal-state of mind is that of Jeremiah...
Or that of the Psalmist:
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste? Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth." "I opened my mouth and panted: for I longed for thy commandments" (119:103, 131).
But let us not be downcast, if our health is feeble, and our appetite capricious-if we fall greatly short of this lofty standard. Our condition will improve with patience and right treatment. Let us not cease eating. Let us keep up our daily reading. Let us read as a cold matter of duty rather than not read at all.
Bro AT Jannaway
Jeremiah is one of those who will eat the little scroll [Rev 10: 9-11]; and in consequence become a constituent of the same; that is, of the angel. We may see from this, that words may be eaten as well as more material substances.
To eat words is first to know them, then to understand their meaning; thirdly, to believe this heartily, and to assimilate it to our mental habitude, that it may become the rule of our thought and action. When this result is attained, the words are not only eaten, but eaten up, or thoroughly digested; and they become part and parcel of the eater inseparably.