Why God Gave Corinthians Milk

The reason God gave the Corinthians milk instead of solid food may surprise you if you fail to think about your own spiritual predicament. How many of us, you, me, or them, believe they are truly ready to meet the Maker?

I know that many of you attend church on a regular basis, you tithe religiously and you pray. But, the question is; Are all those things enough? Jesus said that he could not address the Corinthian Christians as spiritual but as worldly- mere infants inChrist. He said He gave them milk, not solid food because they were not ready for it.

Jesus said,” Indeed, you are still not ready. “

This is my ultimate fear, “the fear of not being ready when the time for getting ready runs out.”  The term “all dressed up and no place to go” comes to mind whenever I think about the possibility of missing the mark. You know, thinking you got it right when you got it all wrong. The way I see it this life is a dress rehearsal for eternal life. While down here on earth humans may change outfits as often as they like, for whatever reason they like. Those outfits include the Armour of God. We decide whether to put it on or not. In other words, we have options, choices and a conscious to warn us when poor decisions are about to be made. Don’t take my word, see for yourself. Look in the Book of Life, commonly known as the Bible.

For all who desire to meet the maker know you must be appropriately dressed. Throughout this life many spend a lifetime roaming the streets, looking good, but are we good?“ Are we ready to meet the Maker?

"I have fed you with milk and not with meat; for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able," 1 Corinthians 3:2

In the Book of 1 Corinthians God warns the Corinthians they are still not ready to digest his Word. For this reason, the Lord fed them milk, as though they were babies.

Salome, in Biblical literature she is remembered as the immediate agent in the execution of John the Baptist. Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Salome”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 14 May. 2020, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Salome-stepdaughter-of-Herod-Antipas. Accessed 17 April 2022.

Salome is an interesting figure,

Assuming then that Mark is the earliest gospel I assume that his telling of the story about the sons of Zebedee asking Jesus for special consideration is the first version of that story that we have. Mark says,

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:35-28)

But here is Matthew’s version of the story:

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”(Matthew 20:20-22)

So in Matthew’s version the mother of James and John ask that her sons sit at Jesus’ right and left hand.

”James and John and their mother ”were asking for honor with no understanding of the sacrifice that must come with being a follower of Jesus Christ. Their request is made all the worse by the fact that in both gospels Jesus had just finished telling his disciples that he was going to suffer and die. And in both versions Jesus responds to their request by telling them that they would indeed drink the cup he was going to drink; that is, they would suffer for their obedience to God, too.

Once she asked a favor of Jesus, and realized her question was not well received.  Upon this realization, Salome instantaneously became conscious of the dominant question at hand, which was one that cast doubt on the probability of the spiritual readiness of his Disciples! Jesus was well aware of the jealousy and bickering among his Disciples and of the worldliness associated with their behavior. 

For you see, the bible says that “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment.    1 Corinthians 14:16 

Salome did not understand what she was really asking of Jesus. Her mind was focused on her son’s desires.

Like many of us, she put herself first, just for a minute. Even though she loved God, she strayed from His purpose, in a moment of weakness. For a moment it ceased to be about Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. 

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