Milk, it’s whats for dinner. No wait, that’s beef. Milk, the other white meat. Wrong again, that’s pork. Delicious, nutritious, tastes like chicken. Nope, still not right. What’s the slogan for milk? Got milk?
The benefits of milk are as follows:
It makes for strong bones, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, helps calm and soothes your nerves and mind; rich in protein, can help with weight loss, soothes heartburn, promotes health skin, and more.
As a rancher, there have been times where we’ve had to grab a calf and bring it into the house to save its life. We have milk re-placer with colostrum that we feed to the calf in a bottle, or tube. While there is no substitute for its own mother’s milk, we do this as a temporary measure, until it is safe to get it back to nursing off its mother. Usually, it is just overnight, then in the morning the mama moos for her baby to come drink, because her bag is full. Her milk is what will help it grow up to be big and strong.
So while reading my Bible this jumped out at me:
“In the same way nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life—especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness.” (1 Peter 2:2-3 [TPT])
The footnotes for these verses are also great.
Referring to the pure in verse 2, it is “unadulterated, guileless milk. The nourishment contained in the milk of the Word is like an antibiotic for guile. This milk contains an element that can eliminate our guile.” Guile defined is deceitful cunning.
Pour me a glass! Just like milk is good for heartburn, it coats and eliminates deceitful cunning, for which I am glad, because if we do not confess and repent of that, we will get heartburn!
The footnotes further says, “the pure spiritual milk is the sustaining power of God’s Word coming from his very breast, as it were, to nourish and strengthen our inner being. From verse 3 we can see that this milk is the Lord himself dispensed to us in the Word of God. Our craving for this milk is not only because of necessity but of delight.”
As a mother, I can remember the beauty of nursing my son. First, knowing scientifically that I was passing on my antibodies, etc. to make him healthy, which covers the “necessity” part. But also the emotional aspect of the bonding process which gave us both delight. I loved how he would drink his fill and fall asleep in my arms.
There is no substitute for mother’s milk, nor is there a substitute for the Milk of God’s Word. Let it nourish you to maturity, and let it calm and soothe your nerves.
So pour yourself a glass of God’s Word and drink heartily my friends, and keep drinking, every day! Then you can grow up to be big and strong like Jesus!
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