Hebrews Chapter 5 (ESV)
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Warning Against Apostasy
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
- The author was upset that his readers had not realized what a wonderful High Priest they had in Jesus and gone on to maturity. He explained that the way to become mature in faith is by constantly using the truth God has revealed to distinguish good from evil.
- The difference between “milk” and “meat” is not between a little knowledge and a lot. The difference is found in the way we process Scripture. For those who hear but do not apply Scripture, the truths they know are milk. But to those who hear and apply the Word of God, the same truths become solid and sustaining meat.
- How would you describe your spiritual appetite now? Why? How would you improve your spiritual appetite? Pray for a sustained hunger for God’s word to satisfy your spiritual development.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the “Spiritual Journal” book.