Just Inside the Door
What if you go to a housewarming party for good friends, and you step in on the doormat and just stay right there. You’ve never seen their house. It looks really nice but all you see is the “mud room”. You are really hungry but the food that you are enjoying the aroma of is on the dining room table so you cannot even see it, let alone taste it. All your friends say “Hello” to you as they come in but they go on and join the party. Everyone comes to tells you how you are missing out on so much great food and party games, but you just stand there starving and bored.
Our Passage for Today:
Last time we talked about verse 11.
Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV) (focusing on verses 12-13)
“We have much to say about this but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not aquainted with the teaching of righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
The writer of Hebrews is talking to a group of people who had time to mature but had not matured. He speaks of them needing milk instead of solid food. This refers to a nursing baby as I am sure you deduced. To not be ready for solid food is to be very immature, right?
Let’s go to Verse 12:
“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers…”
I know what some of you are saying right now. 🙂 “Me teach! No way!” However, consider this – teaching is not always done in a formal setting. Most teaching is done one on one.
- Two friends talking together about what God has shown them recently in their study time of God’s Word.
- A mother teaching her toddler “Jesus Loves Me” or a Bible verse.
- A father teaching his son about being a man of God by the way he acts and speaks.
We have endless opportunities to teach, but we must be equipped if we are to teach well.
What Kind of Teaching
Teaching does happen, but what kind of teaching? So often, what happens is that an immature Christian will share worldly wisdom thinking they are sharing God’s wisdom. They are too immature to see the difference. This is dangerous and damaging. When people are looking to us to share our knowledge of God with them, we may really mess them up if we do not know God and His Word well enough to handle it effectively (2 Timothy 2:15).
I believe it could be said that a person who shares worldly wisdom pointing to God’s Word as a reference is possibly slipping into error and false teaching, albeit unintentionally. So, it is definitely a dangerous route to take. The New Testament has much to say about false teachers. May we be very careful as we share formally and informally. May we benefit those we share with by giving them the powerful truth of God’s beautiful Word.
“…you need someone to teach you elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!”
We all need to be taught by Christians who are more mature than we are, but we need to know the elementary truths of God’s Word for ourselves. We need to move onto that solid food.
Now to Verse 13:
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching of righteousness.”
If our knowledge is only of basic salvation – we will not grow in our walk with Christ. It is only in the Word of God that we will be “acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
As we study God’s Word, He will teach us about the deeper things of sanctification and holiness. This is Him cleaning us up by His power and helping us to bring glory to Him – to live out our lives in righteousness.
A Wonderful House
When we get saved, it is like walking through the door of a wonderful house full of things that God wants us to taste, see, know and do. If we stop at that front door of salvation, we miss out on all the amazing rooms (maturity and an intimate life with God) in the house. We will never experience closeness to Him, His greatness, His beauty, His holiness, His compassion… oh, my friends we will just miss so much that He wants us to have.
Let’s explore these amazing rooms together! He has so much to show us! He has so much for us to do! Let’s move on from just milk and begin a steady diet of that rich, nourishing solid food He has provided for us – so that we can grow up strong and healthy – for His glory and our good!
Lord, thank You for showing us Your truth. Help us to seek after You knowing that what we seek is so much better than what we give up. Thank You for showing us that there is so much more that You want for us. Give us a hunger to know You intimately. Give us a deep insatiable desire for Your Truth. Help us to grow and be ready for solid food, for all the wonderful food that You have for us. Help us to grow strong in Your Word and in the knowledge of You. Make us wise only with Your wisdom. Draw us to You and make us completely Yours. Be glorified in us! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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