Long ago I learned that “old” is relative.
This is the oldest house in Oregon to be owned by the original family.
Inside were some amazing pieces of American history, including a drum from the Revolutionary War.
So from an Oregon perspective this place is old.
However, compare it to some places in the UK, which are around 900 years old, and this house is nearly brand new!
Of course travel to Egypt or China or Israel and “old” goes from 100s to 1,000s of years.
There’s differences in old when it comes to food and drink.
A bottle of wine can be 20 years old and be valuable, where a gallon of milk which is two days past the expiration date is thrown away.
Or the difference in human age.
My Sunday school class of 1st- 3rd graders thought I was nearly ancient when I turned 35.
Yet my doctor recently commented,
“You’re not even 40 yet!” With a grin.
All of this is simply chronological age.
In Hebrews we see something different.
The writer speaks to the Hebrews about the maturity of the soul.
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14
Pondering this point, I ask,
Am I distinguishing good from evil?
Have I aged or am I still a babe only able to drink milk?
What about you?
This verse gives us the ability to discern whether we are babes by looking at our lives.
It states that the mature constantly distinguishes between good and evil and to do that we must know the Word.