ďWherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.Ē
One of the things this meal reminds us of week after week is that we are to desire the sincere milk of the word like newborn babes. We should be hungry for the word. We eat these words on the Lordís Day in order to be reminded that we need to be hungry for Godís word every day.
Here, Peter points out two motivators, two things that should make us hungry for Godís word. The first is laying aside fake food. Thatís what sin is: fake food. Hatred, lies, hypocrisy, envy, evil speaking Ė these promise to fill us, to satisfy us, but they never do. Sometimes you allow those sins into your own heart and head and mouth, sometimes you let friends talk that way around you, or maybe you consume those things on the internet or television or as entertainment. Not only is that stuff not good for you, it takes away your hunger for real food, for Godís word. Also, if youíre honest with yourself, itís hard to lay aside those sins. So, if youíre serious about laying aside that fake food, you will be hungry for real food, for the sincere milk of the word.
The second thing Peter says that should make us hungry for Godís word is the fact that we have tasted that the Lord is good. Do you remember those times when the Lord has been so good to you? When He has answered prayer beyond expectation? When He comforted your heart? When you came upon that verse that spoke exactly to that need? When the Lord used a sermon like Pastor Wilson had been eavesdropping on your prayers? Have you tasted that the Lord is good? Then donít you want some more? Arenít you hungry for more? Desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
ďAnd let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.Ē
So come and welcome to Jesus Christ.