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Summary: The writer to the Hebrews was frustrated by his audience’s spiritual immaturity. Spiritual truth is hindered/frustrated by spiritual immaturity. But how? 4 hindrances produced/created by spiritual immaturity. Spiritual Immaturity is a Hindrance to..

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The HINDRANCE That Is SPIRITUAL IMMATURITY—Hebrews 5:11-14

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Before You Buy, Know Your Appliances

A blonde went to the appliance store sale and found a bargain. "I would like to buy this TV," she told the salesman.

"Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes," he replied.

She hurried home and dyed her hair, then came back and again told the salesman, "I would like to buy this TV."

"Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes," he replied.

"Darn, he recognized me," she thought.

She went for a complete disguise this time; haircut and new color, new outfit, big sunglasses, then waited a few days before she again approached the salesman. "I would like to buy this TV."

"Sorry, we don’t sell to blondes," he replied.

Frustrated, she exclaimed, "How do you know I’m a blonde?"

"Because that’s a microwave," he replied.

Immaturity can hinder the revelation of truth.

Likewise, spiritual immaturity causes a great deal of frustration for the spiritually mature..

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The writer to the Hebrews was frustrated by his audience’s spiritual immaturity.

*Spiritual truth is hindered/frustrated by spiritual immaturity.

Spiritual immaturity frustrates/impairs/disables the Gospel/God’s truth & the Church’s mission.

How is truth hindered/ frustrated by spiritual immaturity?

3 hindrances produced/created by spiritual immaturity.

1—Spiritual Immaturity is a Hindrance to...

COMPREHENSION(:11)

Explanation:(:11)

:11—“of whom we have much to say, & hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.”

As the Causer(:9) of our eternal salvation, Jesus had been called by God to be our “eternal High Priest.” & as such, He is High Priest in the same “order”/sense as “Melchizedek.” A discussion regarding him is pertinent to the spiritual well-being of the audience, particularly as the aura surrounding Mechizedek directly concerns the High Priesthood of Christ Jesus. A comparison of his ministry & very existence as it relates to that of Christ, is what the author of Hebrews desires to divulge to his audience. There is a great deal of spiritual truth pertinent to that of the priesthood of Jesus which can be seen in Melchizedek.

There is a great deal which can be learned & applied from a proper understanding the ‘types’ in the Bible—A historical occurrence lending explanatory value to weightier matters. Melchizedek, is one of those ‘types.’

However these truths are hard concepts for the writer to get across because of the spiritual condition of his audience. The author has reached an impasse with them as their ability to hear such spiritual truth has become “dulled.” In fact their dullness has effected the writer/speaker to such an extent that his God-called ministry & ability to communicate the truths therein have rendered his usual task of explaining the Gospel difficult or unexplainable.

Heb. 13:17—“Obey those who rule over you, & be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy & not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”

The writer’s audience has “become” dull/slow/sluggish/slothful of hearing, which assumes that there was a time in which there was no sluggishness among his readers.


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