12. A FIRST STEP IN GOING FROM MILK TO MEAT
1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
Why is meat better than milk or pablum? Well, sometimes in coming into the faith, a babe in Christ needs first to know that when they do fail, they need to repent and be cleansed afresh, to maintain a good fellowship with God.
In the O.T. some learned that and everytime they sinned, they ran to the altar and offered a lamb, turtledove, etc... Some today never mature from the milk of constant sin, repent. They do not seek to ‘hearken’ and ‘obey’ the commands of God, they only seek to get forgiveness when they keep doing what they love to do. We need to hate sin, and still occasionally we will fail, but in the middle of those failures should be longer and longer times of obedience.
That maintained a forgiveness, and satisfied that, but God wanted obedience, and a development in spiritual growth so that one was not sinning every five minutes.
That growth into knowing right from wrong, knowing how to love the neighbor and to love God, so one did not want any longer to do the things that were sinful ... takes some 'meat' training, some study in the Word, some prayer and fellowship with the loving Holy Spirit.
Surely, we can just repent every fall,... or we could get some meat meals spiritually, and learn how to not need so often to repent.
Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Some on the pablum feel that repenting is good enough, no need to learn to love so that sin does not abound in their lives.
Some on milk feel they repented once, and can now live as sinful as they want, and no sin will be remembered by God.
A meat lesson will teach like Paul did above, that we are not to let 'sins' continue, whether God remembers them or not, we are to not live in sins, not condone sins, not ignore sins, but learn the love that God wants us to have for Him, and for our neighbor.
That growth is a meat lesson... and it is vital to our lives... surely, we may try to condone or just often repent, but a more mature lesson is learning to love as instructed by our Lord.
To obey is farrrrr better than to continually sacrifice... the pablum ideas need maturing.