“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:11–14, KJV)
Let’s diagram this. WE haven’t done a lot of this. What are the points?
- Paul has a lot to say on these issues, but they are hard to understand because the original audience of Hebrews could not understand
- They could not understand because they were not ready for the truth of the Bible, being babes in the faith.
- They were babes in the faith because they were unskilled in the word of God.
- They were expected, being Christians for more than three years, to be ready for the full understanding of God’s word.
- They should be ready to be teachers, but they were not.
- Strong meat (more understanding) belongs to them that are of age (have dwelt in the word)
- THose who labor in the Bible can more readily discern the difference between Good and Evil.
Ready for one more?
- Paul is saying Hebrews was an EASY book to understand.
Kind of like today’s article, when you diagram it. Notice that every bullet point actually builds on each other! Why do I say that a Christian who has been a Christian should be a teacher after the third year?
Because that’s the Biblical example. Seminaries allow some students to fast track, and finish in three years. Could you somehow take all your classes in two years, and graduate? It doesn’t matter. THe Apostles were taught by the Lord for 3 years, and then expected to go on their own. If you’re a Christian who’s been a Christian for 12 years, and you’re still just relying on “MY Daily Bread” for your daily Bible teachings… ouch. You were supposed to know your Bible well enough nine years ago to be a teacher.