[ Spiritual Immaturity ] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:12-13
I am currently team teaching a Lenten series on Sunday mornings. Despite advance assurances of how special and powerful this series would be in preparing us for Easter, it’s the same topics and passages covered since I can first remember Sunday School. As the joke goes, if you’re called on in Sunday School and haven’t been paying attention, just answer “Jesus.” You’ve got a 90% chance of being right.
The Gospel is life-saving. It is an important message. But it is not the only message. Once I started reading without dissecting individual passages to death, I began to see an arc of history that I never before recognized.
I feel foolish writing that, as the Bible is the story of earth’s creation, mankind’s path through sin, and the salvation afforded us by Jesus. However, there are other things in the Bible that continue to be glossed over or simply written off, due to either the over-familiarity or obscurity of the scriptures.
For example, From Genesis 3:15 –
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
We know that Eve’s Seed is Jesus. The capital letter tells us so, right? It could also be taken to infer the generations included in that apex of the family tree. But here’s the real question: if Jesus and the intervening generations are Eve’s seed, who is Satan’s seed?
At the other end of that spectrum, Daniel and Revelation are pretty opaque. Everyone says it’s because of apocryphal language. What if that’s just a cover for simply not knowing ancient world history?
Revelation refers back to Daniel to warn us of the Abomination of Desolation that signals the apocalyptic end of the world. Well, what in the world is that? Both use that same name, and neither give us a clue as to just what it is.
Must be that darned apocryphal language kicking in.
Or maybe it’s our own ignorance of available information. Dr. David Jeremiah wrote Agents of Babylon and explains a lot of what has always seemed impenetrable. If you know your history as he does, it’s quite identifiable. He’s the first individual I’ve run into who could give a cogent, fact-based answer to that question.
We tend to think that so much in Revelation is symbolic language. What if it isn’t? What if the locusts from the bottomless pit in Revelation 9 are real? I mean, why not? No one I know questions that fallen angels mated with women and produced the race of giants we now call Nephilim.
In fact, thousands of giant skeletons have been found the world over. American Indian oral histories speak of a race of cannibalistic giants that invaded North America 5000 years before Columbus. They even had six fingers and toes just like the Nephilim of Genesis. Even Goliath, his dad, and his four brothers were described the same way. The giants were finally defeated when all of the tribes massed to get rid of them.
Why not nightmare locusts?
My experience is that most Christians are comfortable with the gospels and at least some of the New testament. We just ignore the really weird stuff and figure it’ll just sort itself out when the time comes.
Jesus told us in Matthew 24 about the end times and gave the imperative to watch for all of the signs He predicted. He said that even some of the elect could be drawn away and fooled.
So we need to access more sources of information than just the Bible. We need to know more history than western history. Non-canonical books like The Book of Enoch should be read and studied. These are usually sniffed at because they are not canon. If they have no value, then why did Jude refer to information from Enoch twice in his short epistle? Verse 9 relates a confrontation told in Enoch. Verse 14 quotes Enoch!
Jude, believed to be a half-brother of Jesus, knew the Book of Enoch and used it, because he knew it was accepted by his audience too!
I fear that I and far too many of my fellow Christians have been too satisfied with milk all our lives. There is solid food to be had. We just have to be willing to chew.