“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (I Peter 2:1-3).
We must always remember that the Bible is literature and as such, we must interpret it with a recognition that it is literature. Therefore, we must observe various parts of speech and figures of speech. I Peter 2:2 is an example of one such figure of speech.
I Peter 2:2 introduces the reader to a figure of speech known as a simile. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as.” The Apostle Peter uses such a comparison to explain a particular truth which believers ought to be aware.
Like a newborn infant who craves or longs for their mother’s milk, such is to be our longing for the Word of God. Believers are to long (ἐπιποθέω; epipotheo), deeply desire or have great affection for the Scriptures as a nursing infant craves a bottle.
How do you know when a baby wants milk? They cry out! The do not hesitate to let you know they are hungry for their formula. Their hunger is so great that nothing will satisfy them until that desire is fulfilled. That is the kind of desire believers are to have for God’s Word.
The goal in our longing for truth is maturity. As a physical body grows and matures in eating food, beginning with milk, so believers are to grow and mature spiritually in biblical truth beginning with the elementary facts of Scripture.
Are you growing? This is the goal and purpose of hiswordtoday.org. I trust you have enjoyed today’s meal. Resolve to be in God’s Word each day.
Soli deo Gloria!