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Monday, November 21, 2011

So what is milk?

Saturday we left with the question why do we stick with milk rather than moving to meat?  Maybe we ought to define milk.

According to Wikipedia milk is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food.  That fits with use of the word here in Hebrews.  Basically the mother predigests food and her body transforms it into a form the child can handle.  How does that metaphor play out in relation to the Bible?  Would that not be any time we are being fed or led through the Word without our doing the work ourselves?

There are many things that are called Bible study.  Lectures from a podium (sage on a stage), lectures in a small group (sage in a chair), Fill in the blank Bible studies or books written by Christian authors (sage on a page), Video presentations (sage on a disk), and finally taking the Bible and a blank sheet of paper and digging in oneself.

Might I suggest that all but the last are at some level milk?  Do not get me wrong, milk is essential.  But as Hebrews tells us, we have to move past it to become teachers for our kids.  We have to feed them from our diet of meat.

What stops us?