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Hebrews 5 : We must be careful that we do not go away from Christ

v11 We have a lot more to say to you about these things. But we can only explain things to you with difficulty because you understand so slowly. v12 After all this time, you ought to be teachers, but you are not teachers. Instead, you need someone to teach you the first lessons about Godís message again. You have become like babies, who need milk instead of proper food. v13 Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby. That person does not know what is right. They do not know when they are doing something wrong. v14 But people who have grown up properly eat proper food. As a result of practice, they have taught themselves. They have taught themselves to know the difference between what is right and wrong.

Chapter 6

v1 So we must go on from the first lessons that we learned about Christ. We must learn more as Christians. Then we will understand everything that we should understand. We should not need to learn again about those first things. We already know that the beginning was important. We turned away from doing wrong things then. Those wrong things lead to death, but we believed God. v2 We have already learned about special ways to make things clean. We know that Christians put their hands on other Christians. They do that when they pray for them. We know that dead people will live again. And we have learned that God will decide about every person then. He will decide what is fair for them for all time. v3 So we must go on learning as Christians, if God helps us.

Verse 2 God gave *Israelís people many special rules to make themselves and other things clean. (See, for example, Numbers 19:1-10.) ĎSpecial ways to make things cleaní can also mean Christian baptism. Baptism is when they put someone into water. (Or they may put water on someone.) This shows that, as a Christian, God has made that person clean and new.

The Bible tells us that Christians often put their hands on somebody. Then they prayed for them. It was often when God chose that person for special work. (See, for example, Acts 9:17 and 13:3.) *Israelís people also put their hands on people or animals at certain times. (See, for example, Numbers 27:18, 23 and Leviticus 16:20-22.)

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