Isaiah 55:1: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
There are three liquids mentioned in the focus verse: water, wine and milk. These are means of quenching thirst. Water is the basic way thirst is quenched, while the luxurious ways of quenching it is through the intake of wine and milk, coming from the plant and animal respectively. Their constituent is mainly water.
Both are mostly water, but taken in different forms.
The milk is important as a source of protein, which elementary science teaches is the building block of body. It is the sole requirement for human newborns. That is why the bible says that as new born babes we should desire the sincere milk of God’s word that we may grow through it (1Peter 2:2).
As far as Peter was concerned, we should embrace the milk of the word passionately, as necessary for the process for growth, without which spiritual nourishment and growth will be a mirage. Any other preoccupation that rivals the preoccupation with the word of God is a satanic agenda. Anything that does not support our growing into the full statue of the Son of God (Ephesians 4:9-16) should be vigorously resisted with all the ounce of energy that we have. If it is not adding to us, then it is not worth our time.
The milk of the word is descriptive of a special interaction of the Holy Spirit and the word. The Spirit is what the water describes (John 7:37-39), but the milk is descriptive of the word. That brings to mind the word of Christ. He said: the words (milk) that I speak to you are spirit (water) and life (John 6:63).
So it is not just any word that results in growth, it is the Spirit-backed word, otherwise it is mere letters, dry; and the bible says that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life (2Corinthians 3:6) (the Spirit is the life in the word). Milk that the child drinks is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end in the life of the child; the end is more than just keeping the child alive but it is about developing the child to his full genetic potential.
We need the milk of the word. At whatever stage of life that we are in we are meant to be a child still absolutely dependent on the milk of the word. There is no outgrowing the milk. Sure you grow spiritually, but we should still retain that childlike hunger for milk, that sense of neediness for the word of God, still retain the sense that we need repeated to us what we thought we have learned; we need to hear again what we have heard before. Paul said this is safe (Philippians 3:1), a re-visiting of the basics. It is also about the repetitious life-long reading of the bible from page to page, again and again.
Another characteristic of milk is that as “new born babes,” we need it to be supplied from someone else, from the mother, for example. In that case as Christians we should maintain a sense of dependence on one another, the rest of the body of Christ have something to offer you in the ministration of the word, and you should receive it with humility (James 1:21).
The experience of the Holy Spirit as water in milk is difference from experiencing him as water in wine. Jesus said that he is the vine, and the fruit of the vine is where wine is derived (John 15:1-6). That means it is from Jesus that we derive the wine experience of the Holy Spirit. We can get the milk experience from others. Even in your private reading of the bible, one of the 66 books of it, the writer of that book is teaching you in a sense.
But the experience of the wine dimensions of the Holy Spirit is without mediation (though people can lay hands on you to receive the Holy Spirit, it is not compulsory). Jesus himself in called the baptizer with the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16). Peter said that Jesus was the one who poured the Holy Spirit on the people (120 of them) in the upper room (Acts 2:32-33).
While the milk experience of the Holy Spirit is about long term development, the wine comes with a sense of immediacy; it stands for the leading of the Holy Spirit, for the personal interaction with the Holy Spirit, personal walk with God, the manifestation of gifts, the speaking in tongues as a result of being baptised in the Holy Spirit.
This is related to what Paul said that we should not be fools but understand what the will of God is, on a personal level (Ephesians 5:17-18). It has to do with the spirit of knowledge and understanding that Paul prayed that the church in Ephesians should have (Ephesians 1:15-21). It has to do with not being drunk with natural wine in excess but being filled with the Holy Spirit, as Paul said.
Some are content with the milk level of the experience of the Holy Spirit in the word. That is more predictable, but the wine of the Holy Spirit, makes you sometimes act out of your normal senses, as you are move by the holy wine.
You get to make a “fool of yourself”- is that not what wine makes you do? You get to operate by the gifts which the Holy Spirit distributes freely as he wills (1Corinthians 12:11), without consulting you or anyone. That can be messy sometimes, not amenable to outside control, because it controls in an extraordinary way from the inside, the wine experience of the Holy Spirit I mean.
The prayer life of those who are milk focused in their experience of the Holy Spirit, is focused on using their natural understanding, they have their prayer points neatly listed, the sequence of prayer nicely prepared.
But the wine people just follow the flow as they speak in tongues. But Paul said that he will pray in tongues and pray in understanding also (1Corinthians 14:14-15).
The wine experience of the Holy Spirit bubble out is speaking with syllables we do not understand in our natural consciousness, just as the one speaking under the deep influence of intoxicating drink will not know what he is saying. In seeking in tongues we speak words that are beyond the understanding of natural minds, we build up ourselves on our most faith, praying by the “Holy Wine” (Jude 1:20).
The wine experience is therefore related to praying while the milk experience of the Holy Spirit is directly related to the bible reading/study time. The wine experience gives us the leverage to move with the Holy Spirit, to experience him in his full life in us. It is the divine wine experience.
When Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit, he said that the disciples will be baptized with the Holy Spirit which will make them witnesses (wine) with power (Acts 1:8), but he had earlier said that they should go and making disciples in the world through the preaching of his word to believers (milk) (Mark 16:15-18).
The wine has control over your movement (motion) putting it in God’s control while the issue of the milk is about gaining stability and strength. Motion without stability and you fall, stability without motion and you are stuck, in a rot.
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