July 8, 2017: SOAP #2774: Hosea 13-14; Psalm 100, 102; Hebrews 5 Scripture: Hebrews (NIV) 5:11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the [...]
July 8, 2017: SOAP #2774: Hosea 13-14; Psalm 100, 102; Hebrews 5
Scripture: Hebrews (NIV) 5:11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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.
Observation: The author of Hebrews, probably the Apostle Paul, takes his readers to task because they were not mature. These people did not have copies of the scriptures personally available to them. The Old Testament was available in their synagogue, but it is doubtful if they had a copy at home. They had only heard the New Testament letters read aloud. The book of Revelation had not yet been written. They met together to hear Holy Spirit anointed leaders teach them the Word of God.
Application: I wonder what he would say to the church today, especially the church in the USA. Almost all Christians have a personal copy of the Bible in their home; most have multiple copies. Many have several translations in their cellular phone. A large percentage even have a Bible dictionary or other reference books. And yet so many seem unaware of their own weakness and lack of spiritual maturity. So many should be teachers, yet are still looking for others to teach them. They are offended if you ask them to teach a Sunday School class or other Bible study!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, anoint and use the believers who have a knowledge of the scriptures. Stir up and convict those who have remained immature and are not faithful in reading the Bibles they have in their homes. Release into the world a mighty army of spiritual warriors who are armed with your Word hidden in their hearts. Amen
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