“Hard to Understand”
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 1-6
Have you ever had something that was just too hard to explain to someone else? My wife is an accountant for a successful business in town and from time to time I will ask her what she did today at work; her response, “you wouldn’t understand if I told you”. Now you might think I would find that offensive, but on the contrary when she does tell me what she did, I don’t understand it. The truth is I could not tell you the difference from assets to expense reports. If she were to try to explain to me what she did, she would have to give me a crash course on “Accounting for Dummies”. That just may be the way the writer of Hebrews feels when he is attempting to explain Melchizadek’s role in God’s plan in Hebrews 5, “About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain…” (Hebrews 5.11). The writer would love to be able to go into greater detail concerning these issues, but he knows that they are not mentally prepared for it. In a situation where they should have been able to teach this concept, they were still trying to re-learn the “basic principles”. This is also the struggle of most ministers and Bible class teachers; they want to go deeper into the text, but so many people can’t even understand the shallow. Therefore, we have the writer’s answer to this problem, “Let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…” (Hebrews 6.1). There is a time to study “elementary doctrine”, but there is also a time for us to progress into spiritual maturity and grow in our Biblical knowledge. May we all strive to dig deeper into the Word so that we gain more knowledge of Christ and move on passed the milk and begin with the meat.