By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment." - 1 Peter 2:1-2
Who was 1 PETER written to? Asian minorities, who were suffering rejection in the world because of their faith.
Who is the author of the epistle? Peter, even though his secretary could have helped him. 1 Peter 5:12
When was it written? Scholars believe it was around early 60s AD, just before Emperor Nero killed him during a time of severe persecutions (64-68 AD). Nero died in 68 AD.
To understand the verses 1-2, you have to go back to chapter 1 (especially verses 22-23). Notice the colon in the end of verse 22 (in some translations).
With that in mind, let's continue our journey to chapter 2.
1. Get rid of all (not some) evil behavior (Malice: intention or desire to do evil)
What is an evil behavior? 1 Peter 2:1
a) Deceit: concealing or misrepresenting the truth; not being truthful is an evil behavior.
"the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truthfor the purpose of misleading; duplicity;fraud; cheating:
an act or device intended to deceive; trick; stratagem."
b) Hypocrisy: acting what you are not is an evil behavior :
"a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess"
"...a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude"
c) Jealousy: not happy for someone is an evil behavior :
"...jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, or against another's success or advantage itself.
mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc.,"
d) All unkind speech
Lack of mercy or lack of kindness
2. Get back to the basics. 1 Peter 2:2
Compare: 1 Corinthians 3:2-3 and Hebrews 5:12- 14
Peter used a simile: like
Milk is a pale liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for infant mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. Early-lactation milk contains colostrum, which carries the mother's antibodies to its young and can reduce the risk of many diseases. It contains many other nutrients including protein and lactose.
For a newborn child to grow, they need some basic nutrients. Otherwise, there will be some deficiencies and they may be prone to diseases or they may die. It may affect their IQ, if they eventually survive without taking the right milk (breast milk)
Advantages of breastfeeding your child and the spiritual application
A) Human milk is biologically specific for human babies
Applications: Gods word is specific for His children. John 3:6-8
B) Human milk contains enzymes, hormones, and immunoglobulins that simply can’t be duplicated in formula.
Application: The word of God is pure and can't be corrupted. 1 Peter 1:23; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalms 12: 6-8
C) Breast milk is from living tissue that changes to meet your baby’s nutritional needs and to protect him against disease.
Application: The word of God is living and powerful sharper than any edged sword... Hebrews. 4:12; James 1:21
D) Human milk also changes to protect your baby against germs.
Application: God’s word which taken will protect you from germs (foreign bodies) which is demons, spirits.
E) Breast milk contains antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal factors as well as antibodies to many specific disease organisms
Applications: God’s word contain anti-depression, antidote to fear, worry, anti-poverty, anti-stress, anti-anxiety and any negative thing that may come against you. God’s word has the answer. You have to drink it to be immune.
F) Let’s not forget the importance of the emotional security and closeness to mother that nursing infants enjoy.
Application: If you take this milk of God’s word, you will be close to your father and be emotionally secure.
3. Could you name some of the basic needs or nutrients required for a child to grow physically, emotionally and socially?
4. What are the basic needs or nutrients required for you to grow spiritually?
5. Crave or desire the basics
a. Cry - You desire by crying for it just like a baby cries when it needs food Psalms 42:1
b. Thirst - You desire by longing for it- the Deer pants for the water. Psalms 42:2, John 7:37; 1 Thessalonians. 1:9,10, Isaiah 55:1)
c. Hunger - You desire by being hungry for the word of God and for righteousness. Isaiah 55:1
Peter’s admonition to us is to be sure we take what we need to grow. Anything that we take other than milk will bring a result that maybe deadly and detrimental, not just to us producing stunted growth, but to everyone around us. We become liabilities. Desire, crave and ask for God’s milk and become like Him, not just in words, but in your lifestyle as a Generation with A Difference.