Welcome to my teaching blog! Please take a minute to read the following about why I named this blog page “Something to Chew On.”
If you’ve ever made the attempt to read the Bible in any detail, you may have discovered some themes that are woven throughout the text. While we often think of the verses that stand out to us because of their clarity, depth of truth, and relevance in our lives, I personally am blown away when I catch a hold of a theme that point to more of God’s character than any individual verse.
One of these such themes is seen in a handful of verses in the New Testament. Here are the main ones:
Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 1 Corinthians 3:2
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! Hebrews 5:12
These verses address believer using a metaphorical concept common to the time of “drinking milk.” We have all had milk at some point. It is necessary for our growth when we are young. When you are older, though, you should have moved on to a more well-rounded diet. Drinking milk all the time would make you miserable and likely stunt your growth.
Metaphor is a powerful tool used by writers to express a simple but difficult to describe concept. The metaphor of milk is to convey what it is like to grow as a believer. Milk needs little processing by the consumer- no chewing at all in fact. Everyone goes through the process of drinking primarily milk just as every Christian should go through a process of growth with simple, straightforward, teaching from a discipler, easy to work through bible study, or other resources.
Solid food, on the other hand, requires quite a bit more work than milk. That work is the process of the consumer personally chewing and absorbing significantly more complex and more appropriate nutrients for physical and mental growth. In the same way, we should move beyond the initial “milk” teaching that we can receive from the simplest of Bible study or Sunday service. This does not mean that we need get really complicated, but instead we need to move past just basic doctrinal statements or concepts and learn through the scriptures and our personal walk with Jesus how we are to live in the world as we are conformed more and more into the image of Christ.
Many of us find it difficult to move past the “milk phase.” While the necessity of “spiritual milk” is obvious, it is clearly seen by the verse in Hebrews 5 that the goal is to move beyond it, though refreshers are still great. The temptation to settle needs to combatted intentionally in order for us to experience growth.
The goal of this site is to present my teaching related to deeper themes in scripture as well as some life experience so that you can find SOMETHING TO CHEW ON for your own spiritual growth and understanding of the knowledge of God. My teachings are not meant to be completely worked out thoughts, but I do intend them to be helpful for directing believers in their own walks so that they can walk away and begin to see the glory of God in a greater way.
On this site you can find posts related to individual books or passages in the Bible, themes throughout scriptures, some practical posts, as well a Helpful Resources page in case you need some even more practical guidance.
Lastly, if you ever need someone to talk to, have feedback to give, or are stuck on a question that the Lord may be asking you but don’t know where to go, feel free to contact me directly on the About A Gary page.