Prayer Focus: Vietnam

Bible Reading: Hebrews 5-8

Scripture

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.  Hebrews 5:11-14

Observation

These Hebrew Christians were still trying to get a handle on who Jesus is and were not yet grasping what His sacrifice meant to them and to the future.  If you look back at the astonishment of the Magi it’s not hard to believe that it was taking the Hebrews so long to catch up.  When the Magi arrived looking for the Messiah; yes, these men from the east knew about the Messiah; they found a city full of Jews who had no idea what they were talking about.  67, or so, years later, when this letter was written, they were still struggling to catch up.  As God’s chosen people, the keeper of God’s Word for millenia, they should have been the experts on the Messiah and teaching about Him to others.

Application

The Church today faces a similar dilemma.  Christians should be experts in the Bible, but more often than not, Christians barely know what the Bible says.  Worse yet, many Pastors today shun strong Biblical teaching in favor of life tips, great music and great videos.  Not that those things aren’t good, but just like donuts – in moderation they add flavor, but a steady diet of them will make you sick.

But before we start pointing the finger let’s take a look at ourselves.  Ask yourself, “Am I learning?  Do I investigate God’s Word to understand what it says, or am I just skimming the highlights to find out what it means to me?  Am I putting what I learn into practice?”

God is the Creator of the Universe, eternal and without measure, and He gave us His Word to investigate; what does that say about us if we’d rather skim the surface and not plumb the depths of His wisdom?  We’ve got milk, now let’s move on to solid food.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you for Pastor Kirk who wants to know more about You and has challenged me so often to do the same.  I thank you for my new friends at The Church who are striving to teach Your Word in all its depth.  Guide all Your people; that we will expand our diet, so we can grow, and learn, and in many cases, so that we will know more about Your Word than the people that don’t love You.  How silly we have become, but how patient You are!  Teach us, Lord.  Amen.

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