Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
This week I shall endeavor to compare physical growth with spiritual growth. Jesus said we must be born again, first born of water and then of the spirit. There are scriptural references to growth which relates physical growth with spiritual growth. Let us see what we can discover here.
Mother’s milk is not meant to teach knowledge. While scripture does talk about the milk of the Word it does not imply what kind of milk in particular. It’s just milk. So I ask, does it matter? Is there a difference between mother’s milk and any other kind? If we are to compare the physical with the spiritual, let us begin here with Isaiah 28:9 where it implies that mother’s milk is not meant for knowledge.
What exactly does mother’s milk do physically? What does mother’s milk do spiritually?
The first thing I think of is availability. The first opportunity for physical growth come right from the mother. Mothers are with the child constantly and have the most influence. That bonding connection is made and the child gains the benefit without understanding. In the same way in the spirit, there is a bonding which the reborn enjoy and have without understanding.
Mother’s milk provides antibodies that protect the physical babe in ways the child can never comprehend, and happens with no effort on their part except to be nurtured. In that same manner those earliest spiritual words protect the reborn in ways we do not understand. It is God at work, protecting us in ways we are not aware.
I could add that a mother’s spiritual instruction while a child is in developmental stages before they come to an age of accountability are invaluable. That would not strictly meet the comparative we seek here since rebirth had not yet occurred.
Do you see anything else spiritual in mother’s milk? If so, please share.