Feed your spirit
Weekly Bible Study #7
This week I want to further elaborate on feeding our spirits, so this week’s scripture comes from Hebrews 5:12. This is from the King James Version. While some aren’t fond of the King James, you will be right at home if you are a fan of the band Horde. (Just a Christian Metal joke there for you.)
12 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. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 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.
In order to be properly nourished a baby must start with milk, then over time they will graduate to solid foods which are more suitable for an adult to eat. Its not very likely you would see an adult eating out of a jar of Gerber baby food.
On the same note as Christians we start out learning and understanding the basics, and as we progress we delve deeper into God’s Word.
We also see in verse 14 where it states regarding those who are spiritually eating meat:
Even those who “by reason of use” have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
If we stop and take in this portion it helps us understand that by “reason of use” or by applying what we have learned from God’s Word, we can exercise our spiritual senses. I don’t know about you but that’s pretty exciting news to me.
Another interesting version from The Message Paraphrase Bible puts it in different words:
11-14 I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.