Today’s Scripture: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” 1 Peter 2:2
We are coming back in this study to personal application of what the Word of God is. Yesterday the Lord gave me this awesome little illustration: “Our Bibles are like refrigerator lights. The light doesn’t come on until you open the door. The Bible is the same way. It cannot light our path until we open it up and start reading.”
So, the Word of God is a light unto our path…it helps to illuminate our walk with the Lord because some times our walk with Him isn’t well lit, and the only way that we can see where we are going is by allowing the Light of the Word to be a lamp to our feet, and a light unto our path.
Today…we’re about to find out that it’s nourishment.
At the end of Jesus’ 40 day and 40 night fast…the first thing the devil does is tempt Jesus with food because I sure He was hungry and His flesh needed nourishment. Then Jesus said: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” As part of what we know as the “Lord’s prayer” we ask God to “give us this day our daily bread”. Signifying that we understand that His Word is nourishment for our souls while food is nourishment for our bodies.
Peter writes that as newborn believers that we ought to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we would grow. Thus, another illustration is about to come forth, and this one may not be as good as the one I got yesterday, but who knows…maybe it will be.
Today, we find the nourishment of a baby comes in stages. First we have the mother’s breast milk…and here is how we ought to be as new-born believers. That’s what Peter is talking about. So, what is the milk of the Word? Things like Justification by Faith, the Gospels, and Salvation by Grace through Faith. Those are the basics…just as the mother’s breast milk provides the basics of nourishment and nutrition for new-born babies until they are able to handle more solid food…so to does the foundational basics of the Christian life that are found in the Word of God.
Then, if you know Gerber baby food you now know that they begin what they now call “stages”. The stage of food gets more and more solid the older the baby becomes. I don’t know much about the stages, but I would guess that they probably give some kind of guidelines as to the age of the baby in relation to the stage of food they should eat. Each stage the food becomes more solid.
The Word of God should be fed to believers the same way…as they grow and are able to digest and keep down the Word of God in stages. Each one becoming of more substance, and more that you have to chew…and the less likely they are to choke. Listen, you don’t start out feeding a brand new baby steak because of a few things. One…they have no teeth. Two…they have no idea how to chew. Third…they will choke on it.
So…you can’t teach a brand new baby Christian things like end times prophecy because they don’t have the ability to digest that yet. I can remember a time when I was first attending a church down here, and in this church there was a lot of baby Christians. The pastor was teaching things that I as a mature believe could handle, comprehend, and digest. However, I began to notice that in my spirit I was hearing the sound of people choking…and I remember asking the Lord what that was about. He told me that what was being taught was way too meaty for them, and the sound I was hearing was all the baby Christians choking on what that pastor was teaching.
When teaching new believers you have to start out with the sincere milk of the Word because that’s all that they can handle. If you start talking to babies in the faith about tithing, sin, end times prophecy, and all that…then they aren’t even going to be able to comprehend anything you’re saying to them. You have to start out with the God side of things before you can ever begin to teach them about their side, how they’re supposed to live, and even things like the Lord’s return, the rapture, or anything else like that.
Then, as they grow you can start to feed them more meaty messages, but you have to be able to discern where your congregation is at. If they are asking you about where to start reading in their Bibles don’t tell them to start reading the Old Testament or the book of Revelation. You start them in Paul’s writings because that’s where the milk of the Word is found. Even the gospels can be a bit too meaty in places for baby Christians to digest.
The Word of God is nourishment to our souls. It’s how we grow. As we read it, and are able to comprehend with the saints, understand it, and begin to apply it to our lives…that’s when you can move on to more meaty topics. However, that requires us as ministers to be mature, and able to discern where the Holy Spirit wants us to go.
Interactive Study Questions:
Today’s questions come as they relate to 1 Peter 2:2. So, without further delay…here they are:
- What is the importance of pure spiritual milk?
- Why should we crave the Word of God?
Conclusion & Prayer:
So, yesterday we learned the Word of God is a light. Today we learn that it’s spiritual food. We’ve had two pretty good illustrations over the last couple of days. Illustrations that I know I couldn’t come up with on my own. Thanks to the Holy Spirit. God surely is amazing…isn’t He? Well, I hope you’re enjoying this series…and I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for Day 9.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the nourishment that Your Word provides to our souls. Help us to have a holy hunger and thirst for Your Word, and give us an appetite that is unsatisfiable. Fill us up with the nourishing power of Your Word, Lord God. We love You, praise You and thank You for Your Word. We ask that You continue to give us this day…and every day…our Daily Bread. In Jesus name we pray….Amen & Amen