Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 38 Day 4
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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.
The readers? The audience? To whom is the letter addressed? In the first century as a Jewish Messiah was making waves in the religious world of the day the writer here expresses to the Hebrew people, most probably those living outside of Judea and those who have accepted the Lordship of Jesus, albeit with some confusion over their traditions, the foundational theological principle concerning the identity and Lordship of our great Savior.
In this scathing rebuke of his audience/readers the writer here, and many conjecture that the writer is the apostle Paul, these members of the sacred tribe are cautioned yet again for taking their ritual for granted without looking into the background and asking the question, “Why?”
Gentile Christians have fallen into the same sort of problem by developing a “put and take” Christianity which sadly falls into the same sad situation as our writer here outlines. We become so obsessed with our “practice” that we lose sight of the one we worship. Let’s resolve to recognize our deep need and to seek more than just a quiet and unchallenging faith.