the need for understanding…

Hebrews 5.14

11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14

Blessings today and thanks so much for your prayers, thoughts, and encouragement. God has been faithful and I am healed and renewed. I pray all is well with you.

Hebrews 5:11, We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand” presents a question for each of us: “How is your spiritual development coming along? How is your understanding? Are you seeking God, meditating upon His Word day and night?”

Verse 11 speaks of a very sad condition for any true believer for God tells us in Proverbs 4:7,  “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” This passage encourages us to never tire of seeking understanding and wisdom from the Lord. The ESV translates Hebrews 5:11 to say, About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

Dull of hearing…you know, when we no longer want to read our Bibles, when we do so out of duty rather than fellowship and thirst, when we have no idea what we just read…we just know we fulfilled the law and did it, when we blame the preacher and say we got nothing, and the Sunday School teacher is always just off…you know, when we no longer hide the Word in our hearts, when the Word is no longer sweet to our taste-sweeter than the honeycomb, when we would rather spend our time listening to the world’s rhetoric than the Word.

Another reason this condition is sad is because the writer of Hebrews, the Holy Spirit, has truth to impart but the dullness of hearing makes it hard for the Word to penetrate the hearer’s heart and thereby faith is not increased and transformation slowed. It is a side effect of embracing dullness. The condition get worst because in reality, there is no stand still in Kingdom living. We either grow or backslide depending on our response to the Word. We should always remember that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). 

Dullness of hearing is a symptom and when we know this is the place we are spiritually, it is time to seek help by falling on knees before the Lord, confessing our sin of dullness, repent and asking the Lord to cleanse our hearts, open His Word to our hearts, and our hearts to His Words.

We need to have attitude of the Thessalonians,

“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13

“Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.” 1 Corinthians 14:20

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Psalm 119.103

Psalm 119.18


To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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20 thoughts on “the need for understanding…

  1. I see so much of this happening all around us. Satan has gotten hold of so many young people to cause doubt and give them new directions, one being God did not write the Bible. Or I now believe in a higher being! So many doubters. Our prison systems, our school dropout rates all reach a all time high. Our Sunday Schools are filled with teachers who have prepared lessons for children on milk to solid food. But sadly, sit and wait in empty classrooms. But God….

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  2. ~~ “…when we would rather spend our time listening to the world’s rhetoric than the Word.” ~~

    Interesting that with the massive explosion of social media these days that this is the one time in history when faith and belief in God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and His Word are at an all time low. Though such a medium can be useful for those of us who love God, so many people use it to spread hate and lies to pull a person away from God, by saying we are the ones who are spreading hate and lies because we do not love the world. Just some food for thought.

    Glad to see you are feeling better!

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    1. Tasty food for thought…we must continue to battle with the Word and prayer, trusting God to watch over His Word to see that it performs what He sends it out to do. May the Lord help us to guard our hearts, mind, ears, eyes, mouth…may all that we are be for His glory! Blessings to ya!

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    1. Amen! His Word is a necessity…not a burden, nor is it grievous but a blessing that brings life, protection, deliverance, healing, provision…every thing we need… any yet we struggle not to stall. So thankful that God is faithful to draw us to His side. Thank you for prayers in the Name of Jesus. Our Healer and Great Physician!

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  3. “…there is no stand still in Kingdom living. We either grow or backslide depending on our response to the Word.”
    Wow, what a revelation in simple, plain words! This truly makes me examine myself and my day more closely. Every believer in JESUS CHRIST needs to hear this! It keeps ringing in my head. I felt a need to return to say this. Thank you.

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  4. The writer of Hebrews hammers home over and over that there is a new covenant/testament from God put into effect by the death of Christ. Yet people still insist on grabbing from the old covenant/testament whatever suits their fancy. People continue to fight what God said. Instead to teaching it to others, they are denying it and continually need to be taught it all over again.

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