In Hebrew the word for bee is identical to the name (Deborah) which means “Word of God” and to speak or pronounce it as an oracle.
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.
All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)
The bee is known for honey which is the product of its labor.
Honey is renown for being a nutritive source of strength.
The land promised to God’s people was described as a land
“flowing with milk & honey“–where milk is comparable to the initial nutrition of a new believer (1 Peter 2:2) and honey for those who are going the distance even going through the privations of war. Faith is about growing through going through and it is a good fight…interestingly honey was used several times when warfare is mentioned—Sampson killed a lion and a bee built its comb in the carcass of the dead predator. The predator housed the nutrition for the warrior upon his return. Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance (James 1:3) These trials come from the resistance yet as we go through them they are being used to develop (mature, bring to fruition, wholeness) the character of Christ within us as we learn to do as He says.
Also Jonathan the son of Israel’s first king (Saul) sustained himself with honey when he grew weary in his single-handed combat against the enemies of Israel.
The Word of the Lord is sweeter than honey
(Psalm 19:10, Psalm 119:103).
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusts in Him. (Psalm 34:8)
The unity of brethren in the House
(family of God, household of faith),
King David likens to being sweet (Psalm 55:14).
The prophet Ezekiel tastes a scroll that was given to him by The Word Of God, and it tastes sweet as honey (3:3),
and the same happens to John the Revelator (Revelation 10:10).
The difference between the kingdom of God and the dominion of the prince of darkness, Satan or Beelzebub aka “lord of the flies” is as apparent as the difference between the bee and the fly: bees have a house, live in a colony and adhere to central rule. Bees like flowers, make honey, speak a language, care for offspring, and are armed.
Flies are homeless, aren’t social, acknowledge no authority other than themselves, like dung and decaying flesh, make nothing, speak no language, don’t care for their offspring, and are not armed.
The root of this Hebrew word also is the name of one of the Cities of Refuge in ancient Israel –the name of Debir originally was Kiriath-sepher. It was taken in warfare by Othniel for the hand of Caleb’s daughter in marriage and the name changed to Hebron which means, interestingly enough–“united” or a joint or a connection as was used in the tabernacle. A friend with God for
this is the place associated with Abraham and God’s covenantal promises.
And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. And that you should not lose heart, but that you would be imitators of those who by faith and patience have become heirs of The Promise. (James 2:23-24, Hebrews 6:12)—because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance (James 1:3) and Jesus says that he who HEARS His Word and does it is as a man
building his house on a rock and nothing could tear it down. It withstood all the storms of life.
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)
In John 15:14, Jesus says, “You are my friends if you do what I command.”
Of all the places God has takes me– even the tiniest bit of His creation, He manifests His Truth to those who seek to do His will.
Also, debir was the inner-most part of the Holy of Holies in King Solomon’s temple.