Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on April 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM|
We've all seen and used these verses before...
Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 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.
...But, how many of us have used them properly, in context?
I can honestly say that every time I have used these verses in the last forty years of my Christian life that I have unknowingly spiritualized them by giving an example of a mature Christian who was skillful in the Scriptures versus those who weren't. The problem with that is there are no Christians mentioned here in the text. (Acts 11:26) I never took into account that these scriptures, written early on by the apostle Paul, were addressed to the "Hebrews." Anyone reading these verses, if they are honest with themselves, will find out quickly that they aren't directed to Christians at all. They’re directed DOCTRINALLY to unsaved "Hebrews" who were still going by the Levitical priesthood and not "...after the order of Melchisedec..." –an endless priesthood.
What I am saying here is that these verses in Hebrews five aren’t showing the difference between babes in Christ versus full seasoned Christians, at all. The Apostle Paul is addressing and dressing down (by the way) UNSAVED Jewish religionists who have not, yet, so learned Christ. These baby "teachers" need someone of "full age" to hold them by the hand and take them back inside their own Bible to show them Christ—God's only begotten son (verse 5) who was of the order of Melchisedec (verse 6)—who brought in a better priesthood than they currently possessed (Aaron’s).