MEAT AND MILK
When the scripture refers to milk or meat in the context of doctrine or simply truth, what is God telling us?
Some might think that this refers to education or the lack of it.
But if it is education, it is of a spiritual kind.
Progress in the Christian life must come directly from God Himself.
Who would deny for one minute that the names known by most as stalwarts in the faith such as Finney, Wesley, Khulman, Graham, Muller, Bonhoeffer, Spurgeon, Nee, and so on…
(some will subtract here or add – there is a lot of opinions always present amongst Christians),
…were mature ‘meat’ lovers.
Let’s turn to the verse where we find these terms:
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The King James uses the term ‘Strong meat’ and as you can see above, the NKJ gives us SOLID FOOD.
I think this helps paint a better picture for us. Because immediately we can think of babies fed at the breast or with milk from a bottle. They haven’t moved on to solids yet.
Firstly though let’s establish the fact that there is only one kind of food.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
So whether milk or solid food – we cannot stay alive spiritually without the milk of The Word. Or the solid food of The Word. But it is the same food (or menu!)
You are reading this blog post, I’m glad you are. But let me assure you that the red letter verses herein, will feed you in a far better way than anything I say about them.
So if you abandon this post and turn to and open, your bible – heh! You can’t go wrong!
Are you still here?
So what’s the difference between the milk and the solid food?
In my view, spiritual experience and experiences, is the answer.
Paul the apostle was a well accomplished individual in his religion – in many ways surpassing his peers:
And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
But he was spiritually blind. A head full of knowledge but his experience was limited and religious.
Until one day he ran out of steam fighting his conscience and he experienced/encountered the Living Christ on a road to Damascus. (Acts 9)
There and subsequently, he came to visions and revelations of The Lord. (II Corinthians 12/1).
He used his ‘spiritual faculties’ – serving God with his spirit in the Gospel, from that day onwards. (Romans 1/9)
He was changed and transformed by the working of The Holy Spirit in his life. Finding that spiritual things were spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2/14)
He advanced, just as he had advanced in the Jewish ‘religion’, so that all that he had learned at the foot of the scholars of his day, gave way to all that he learned at the feet of Jesus. (Acts 22/3)
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself learned all from His Heavenly Father, not from the local rabbis. Yes he conversed with them, but did not travel the accepted route to ‘the meat’ school. (John 7/16)
It was His intimacy with The Father that was His place of schooling as a man.
And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Man know letters, having never studied?”
That’s the great challenge for all Christians, namely intimacy with God. In that place of communion our senses are more and more exercised to discern…
Inner development is the result of communion with The Father, responding to His revelation, growing stronger in spirit, eating His Word, developing our spiritual senses, as we more deeply know, what we might even have known before. That is going from milk to meat.
It is a challenge to be malleable in God’s hand, to seek greater intimacy and to respond daily to His developing hand in our lives.
Lord please give us grace.