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A symbolic word studyThe bible doesn’t always mean what it says, but it always says what it means. That’s astrange statement isn’t it! The bible is full of symbolic meaning and allegorical writings.Many proverbs have duel meanings. There are hidden treasures or hidden meanings in theword of God that are not obvious to all. These hidden treasure’s are not that hid, inessence they are an ‘open secret’ available to all who seek. To get this biblical ‘wisdom’we must be willing to dig to find it. Looking at one word all the way through the bible or studying by subject can be very beneficial. This lesson is an example of 
how to do a word  study
. Let’s try to figure out the symbolic meaning of the word ‘milk’. God concealswisdom, and it is an honor for man to be able to search it out. Before we get into our lesson I want you to connect the next two scriptures because they are relevant to our subject.Hebrews 12:22-23 But
ye are come unto the mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumberable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn
, which is written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all,
and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
I want you to notice that Sion or Zion is called1. The heavenly Jerusalem.2. The general assembly and church.Galatians 4:26 But
 Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Jerusalem, which is above or the church is mother of us all. So would you agree thechurch is the mother to the saints? This is important because as we shall see a goodmother feeds her children. In this lesson we want to look at the word ‘milk’ and see if wecan find the symbolic meaning of the word. Now of course every where we see the word‘milk’ in the bible you can’t always apply the symbolic meaning sometimes when it saysmilk its in the literal sense. But in this scripture milk is symbolic.Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understanddoctrine?
them that are drawn from the
 , and weaned from the breasts.
 The question is whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make tounderstand doctrine?
‘Them that are drawn from the milk, and weaned from the breasts.’ 
 (strange wording). Symbolically the ‘breasts of the church’ are the Old & NewTestaments, the word of God. Consider what the apostle Peter wrote.1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes
desire the sincere
of the word 
, that ye may growthereby.
We should desire the sincere understanding of the word of God like a newborn desiresmilk. The ‘milk’ is a symbolic similitude for the word of God. It doesn’t make anydifference how long an individual has been studying the word of God, we shouldapproach the word of God as a little child, in other words we need to be teachable andhave an open mind. Let’s see what the apostle Paul wrote to the Hebrews of his time,who were the most learned people in the word of God.Hebrews 5:11-14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered 
, seeing yeare dull of hearing.12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you againwhich
the first principles
of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.13 For 
every one that useth
is unskilful 
in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil 
.Paul shows us two levels of biblical understanding, milk & meat. When Paul wrote this itwas not divided into chapter and verse. If we will keep on reading into the sixth chapter he will tell us what ‘milk’ is.Hebrews 6:1-3 Therefore leaving
the principles of the doctrine of Christ 
, let us go onunto perfection; not laying again
the foundation
of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead,and of eternal judgment.3 And this will we do, if God permit.Paul gives us a list of the six foundational doctrines of the Christian Faith. The first twoare repentance and faith, when we have repented and realize that God is a real person,where do we go from there? We learn the four major doctrines or drink ‘milk’ so we cangrow thereby. Paul called these things ‘the foundation’ they are the basic tenets of thefaith.Everyone that has been a Christian for a few years should be able to out of the bibleexplain these ‘things’.
1. Baptisms
notice it’s in the plural; there are three baptisms for the Christian. John theBaptist tells us what they are in.Matthew 3:11 I indeed (1.) baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comethafter me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall (2) baptize youwith the Holy Ghost, (3) and with fire.
2. Laying on of hands
, who is to lay hands on whom, and for what purposes? In a senseI’m laying hands on you now.

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