Summary: 6th in a Series on Metaphors in the Bible about the Bible.
THE WORD OF GOD SERIES
SERMON 6: MILK, MEAT & MATURITY
We continue tonight our Metaphorical Study of the Word of God
We have dealt with it as Light, as a Hammer, as Fire
Tonight I want to deal with the Word of God as Milk and Meat and preach on this thought – MILK, MEAT & MATURITY
I want to look at both tonight – I could break it down and preach on each separately but I want to deal with a certain aspect of Milk and Meat practically and not just the truths of how it compares to the Word of God
Let’s Notice first the Comparison of Milk to the Word of God
I. Milk is good to nourish the body; and physicians tell us, where it is well digested, it makes good blood.
The Word of God is good food for the soul: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.
II. Milk is the proper food for children and newborn babes; it nourishes them exceedingly; they grow and thrive by it, though they have nothing else to feed upon!
The Milk is enough to sustain them
The Word of God is proper food for those that are born again.
Like newborn babes, we grow and thrive by feeding spiritually upon the Word, it’s precepts, and it’s promises
Many have lived upon it, and have been satisfied by it, when they have had nothing else to feed upon.
III. Babies come from the womb with a hunger for the Milk
You don’t have to make them eat
You don’t have to wake them up and ask them if they want to eat
There would be something Bad Wrong with a Baby that never hungered for the Milk
SOMETHINGS WRONG SPIRITUALLY WITH A PERSON WHO DOES NOT DESIRE THE MILK OF GOD’S WORD
IV. A Baby has the Choice of two Breast on which to feed just as the Word of God has two precious breast
The Old Testament and the New Testament
V. Milk has a Healing, restorative Quality, It is good for someone who is lean to put meat on their bones
Thank God – The Milk of God’s Word will give you strength
VI. Milk was a precious commodity in the word of God -- So much so that it was used to explain the blessings that Canaan abounded with
Canaan was called “a land flowing with Milk and honey;” as much as to say, it is a land of rare and choice good things.
The holy Word of God is one of the choicest blessings God hath bestowed upon his church and people.
WE HAVE A PRECIOUS COMMODITY IN OUR HANDS
VII. MILK IS AT IT’S BEST WHEN IT HAS NO HUMAN MIXTURES. IT’S BETTER FOR YOU!!
The Word “Sincere” means pure and unadulterated
Just Give me the Book Preacher -- Without human mixtures and ceremonies?
The Word of God feeds best, when it is without any composition of human invention!!!
As the Word of God is called Milk, so it is also Strong Meat.
By Strong Meat, is meant the more profound, perfect, and mysterious doctrines of the Gospel, which is to feed strong Christians.
I. Strong Meat is not meet or convenient food for babes
A Baby would choke on a Chicken Leg
There is somethings contained in the Word of God, that young Christians, who are like new-born babies, cannot receive.
The Milk of the Word, (such things as are easily taken in) is for them; Strong Meat belongs to strong Christians, men of experience.
II. If a child, after they are grown up, and arrived to years of maturity, refuse strong meat, and cannot feed upon any thing but milk, there may be cause to fear they are some way defective or diseased
So is a Church Member who has been saved for a while – There is something wrong if they can’t endure the meat
III. Strong Meat yields strong and perfect nourishment!!!
How many of you when you were a Kid – Thought you would never grow up
I remember always wanting to be older and bigger than I was!
Around age 9, I longed to be a teen ager. That magical age seemed to be forever away.
Then 13 came, and I longed to be 16 and have a driver’s license.
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT WHEN CHILDREN PLAY -- Their role is always that of a grownup, whether it’s cowboys, sports, or playing house with dolls!!!
In the same way we that are in the church should hunger to grow.
There should be a desire of a deeper awareness of Christ’s truths,