Milk and Meat

Day 231

Prayer for the day

I will give thanks for what you have done and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 105-106, 1 Corinthians 3

If you want to say anything about Paul, you should say he’s blunt. Paul doesn’t pull any punches when he speaks to the church in Corinth. No one likes to be told that they’re immature, that they really aren’t as great as they think they are.

However, Paul doesn’t really seem to care what the Corinthians like. He simply tells them what they need to hear. And what they need to hear is that they’re not who they think they are.

Paul levels a criticism at the Christians in Corinth, telling them that he tried to give them spiritual meat, but they couldn’t handle it. Their maturity was seriously lacking, and so they were unable to take what Paul was trying to teach them. Instead Paul had to give them spiritual milk.

They had to be spoon-fed spiritual milk because they didn’t understand the more mature teaching Paul had offered. This immaturity was manifest in many ways, but particularly in their inability to treat one another with respect and care. They were also unable to discern the difference between following Christ and following Paul or Apollos. And in these two things, Paul has serious concern.

The Psalmist also shows some concern for his people and their maturity. The Psalmist feels the need to regularly re-teach Israel her history because it’s so easy to forget history. They constantly need to be reminded of what God has done for them because they are so forgetful. They have to be reminded regularly that God has saved them time and time again. They need to be reminded that they are God’s people. They need to be reminded that God has given them extraordinary things, done amazing things for them, and they have failed God so regularly. They need to learn to grow up.

Don’t we all?

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