Milk

I’m still reading 1 Peter.

Toward the end of chapter 1 there is an increased emphasis on the characteristics that keep a community going, and also on God’s word. In other words, we need one another and we definitely need God’s word.

Chapter 2 starts out in the flow:

1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 1 Pe 2:1–3.

Look at the list in verse 1. Malice, guile, insincerity, envy, slander. Let’s say evil, deceit, hypocrisy, competition, and evil talking.

These things will tear any community apart. Many of us have seen it happen in the church. Peter is trying to protect the church against this kind of poison.

Then he admonishes the church to be fed on the milk of God’s word. This interpretation is allowable based on the increasing emphasis of the word in this letter, as in 1:23 and 1:25.

I arched my neck at that this morning. Based on the words of Paul, I tend to think I’m past milk and onto the meat of the word.

But this context is different. Peter is saying that the longing for the word should be like the longing of a baby for food, which is milk. Milk is the only food available. Babies have milk. Christians have the word. We must yearn for it like for nothing else.

So, I unarched my neck and started drinking. The Lord is good and his word is nourishing.

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