Now sometimes the Lord speaks in the wind or the earthquake or the fire, and sometimes in the gentle breeze of a still small voice.  And yet other times, the Lion of the tribe of Judah cries out with a roar so strong and so shrill, the sheer force of it commands our attention. Our text here at the top of 1st Peter 2 is one such occasion.  In one of the most forceful illustrations in Scripture, Peter likens our need to long for the pure Word of God – to that of a newborn infant crying out for his mother’s milk.  This is the singular craving the newborn cannot survive without, and so all other competing desires are set aside.  And very simply, without this sustenance the newborn will stop growing.  So it is, Peter is telling us, the growth of the believer is tied to his longing after the pure Word of God.  Without this nourishment our immune systems will become deficient, and our development will be crippled by a thousand different heresies.  Get your Word on with us and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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