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December 7 - Evening

"We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting we
will do so."

- Hebrews 5:11-14

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You Have Become Slow to Learn    

The writer of Hebrews says he has "much to say about" the subject he is discussing (which is the priesthood of Jesus Christ), but as a teacher he finds it "difficult to explain" to his listeners because they "are slow to learn." The phrase "slow to learn" is the word nothros in the Greek, and it does
not mean those Christians were dumb, academically challenged, or suffering from some type of first century learning disability. Nor, does it mean the writer of Hebrews was struggling with his teaching gift or the ability to communicate his thoughts.

The actual problem is seen in the word nothros, which means "dull, slow, sluggish". In the Greek language, the word nothros was used to refer to the numbed limbs of a sick lion. The lion in this example would have been hit by poison-tipped darts, which numbed the feeling and impeded the
use of the limbs. The same word was also used in an ancient Greek story to describe the vain
hopes of a foolish wolf who had heard a child's nurse threaten to throw the child out to the wolves.
The wolf had an opinion and an interpretation of the nurse's words, but because the wolf's doctrine was wrong, so was the hope he had based on false understanding.

Adding to the interest of the meaning of the word nothros ("slow to learn"), is the original meaning
of the word which is translated as "are" in the English NIV translation of this sentence: "it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn." The word in the Greek is gegonate, which is the perfect
tense (complete action in the past with abiding results), indicative mood (the mood of reality), active voice (the subject causes the action – that is, these "dull" Christians had made themselves dull) of the root word ginomai, giving it the meaning "you have become."

So we see that these believers had at one time heard and understood the teaching of the Word of God, but they had become distracted by some other form of teaching, ritual or philosophy. The
perfect tense of gegonate in 5:11, and again in 5:12, implies that they had not only failed to grow
at a reasonable rate toward Christian maturity, but they had even begun regressing in their spiritual capacity. These degenerated believers were at one time strong and active, but when they drifted away from the Word of God and turned to myths, rituals and human opinion they became ineffective and
non-productive. In other words, this dull, sluggish, unspiritual, immature condition was acquired.

These Hebrew believers were not hearing or believing the Word of God, which meant their faith was
not growing. The result of this spiritual malnutrition is the collapse of their confidence and the loss
of their hope. This same problem is reflected throughout the book of Hebrews.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man’s outward actions – if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary."
- C.S. Lewis



Something to Ponder??

In Matthew 5:39 Jesus says, "If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to thim the other also."

But, in John 18:23 when Jesus is struck in the face he says:
“If I said something wrong, testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?"

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Diakonos (Gr) - Deacon (Eng) - diakonos is Greek word that means "a waiter," "one who serves food and drink," and "one who executes the comands of another." In the church they are people who a gifted and recognized to care for the temporal needs of the people. (See Acts 6:1-6; 11:30; 14:23; 15:2,4,6, 22-23; 16:4; 20:17; Philippians 1:1; First Timothy 3:8-13)

  In Isaiah 39:1-8 (and 2 Kings 20:12) Merodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent Hezekiah letters and a gift. He reigned from 722-710 and for nine months in 703-702 BC. An eighteen inch high boundary stone made of black marble with an image of Merodach-Baladanand an inscription explaining the image as Merodach-baladan awarding a royal land grant to an official "forever" in the year 715 BC.
(See image HERE)
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- Proverbs 15:23
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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