Hebrews 5: 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 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.
I heard a parody of the famous children’s song, “Jesus Loves Me.” It went like this. Jesus loves me, this I know, and that’s all I really want to know.” I know that sounds blasphemous, but maybe its more true for many Christians than they would like to admit. What percent of Christians in your congregation are involved in adult bible study on a regular basis? Fifteen or twenty? What percent are reading their Bibles every day? I do and I have to admit that sometimes it feels like I am just scratching the surface when it comes to Bible knowledge.
I know that Biblical knowledge doesn’t equal faith. The Pharisees knew a lot about the Bible, but they didn’t know Jesus. At the same time, ignorance in Scripture does not equal bliss. It usually means making lots of mistakes or having a weak understanding of the gospel. Neither are healthy for our faith!
The writer to the Hebrews chides his readers. They are still on the bottle when they should be on a diet of meat. They need to review the basics when they should be trained to apply God’s Word in the more difficult matters of life. These words speak to all of us. God’s Word is powerful and active – unless we don’t use it!
Prayer: Father, thank you for the reminder today that studying your Word is important. Keep me from laziness that makes me set your Word aside. Give me diligence, not only to read it, but to study it carefully. Most importantly, grow my faith! I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.