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1 Peter 2:1–3; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 2:4–8; Isaiah 28:16; Exodus 19:3–6; 1 Peter 2:5, 9, 10
April 15, 2017
Did you know human milk boosts a baby’s immune system? There are giant benefits for babies who are breastfed. When little ones are given nature’s first food, it helps them fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections like bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, and even colds and flus. That’s why medical people (and moms and grandmas) will say that mother’s milk is best.
But there’s more. Breastfeeding can help reduce a baby’s risk of disease later in life. It can lower their chances as adults of getting leukemia, high blood pressure, asthma, and eczema. It also reduces a mother’s risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Women who have breastfed children for 8 years have almost a zero percent chance of breast cancer.
There are dozens of other benefits to the mom and baby when breastfeeding is part of the infant plan for nourishment. Here’s just one more: did you know that a mother’s milk changes its nutritional profile as a baby grows? Milk for a 3-month old is different than milk for a 9-month old. On hot days milk has more water content to provide the baby with extra hydration.
God has not only created the perfect food for human babies, but the Lord has also provided the best spiritual nutrition for Christians, including newborn followers of Jesus. That’s part of this week’s Sabbath school lesson. Notice what Peter writes: “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:1–3).
When parents hear their hungry baby cry for food, they are moved to take action. And when we cry out to the Lord for help, God is ready to provide what we need. The first and most important nourishment comes from regular Bible study. By feeding on the “pure milk of the Word” we are strengthened to resist the spiritual sicknesses that Satan wants to pour into our hearts and minds.
The Scriptures are our first line of defense against the “viral” attacks of the enemy. We become resistant to sin when we develop immunity against the temptations of the devil. Not only that, the Word of God is adapted to a variety of needs in our life. Sometimes we need comfort from the Bible and sometimes we need instruction.
When it comes to growing as Christians, we can all agree that the Bible is best!