The author is encouraging his readers to study God’s word in a more careful manner. At the present time, they become tired quickly when the author tries to teach them (Hebrews 5:11). They say that his lessons are too hard. And they ask for someone to teach them some easy lessons again. They like to hear about love and kindness (Hebrews 6:10). Lessons about those things make them happy. But the purpose of the Christian life is not to be happy. It is to become mature as sons and daughters of the living God.
That is why the author speaks about milk and solid food. At that time, a child continued to receive its mother’s milk until the child was about 4 years old. And when the mother refused to give milk, the child became angry and afraid. The child still wanted milk. But it was time to grow up and to become more mature.
A similar thing was happening to those Christians. They needed to become more mature. But it felt difficult to them. They preferred only to think happy thoughts about love and kindness.
There is nothing wrong with lessons about love and kindness. They are among the things that Christians consider important. But, as the author will explain (Hebrews 6:1-2), the real first lessons for Christians are actually more difficult than those ones. From: usefulbible.com – by Keith Simons
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New Testament: Hebrews 5:1-14
Summary: Warning Against Apostasy
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
~ Hebrews 5:11-14
- 5:1 – Israel’s chief priests
- 5:2 – How chief priests deal with sin
- 5:4 – Why did priests make sacrifices?
- 5:5-6 – How Jesus became our chief priest
- 5:7 – The prayers of Jesus
- 5:8 – The Son who became the servant
- 5:9-10 – The meaning of ‘perfect’
- 5:11 – Develop and grow in faith
- 5:12 – Time to grow up
- 5:13-14 – Why Christians need to become mature
From: Useful Bible Study
Hebrews 5:11-14, Hebrews 6:1