shall he teach [yarah] knowledge [de`ah]? and whom
shall he make to understand [biyn] doctrine [sh@muw`ah]? them that are weaned [gamal] from the milk [chalab], and drawn [attiyq] from the breasts [shad]. KJV-Interlinear
9 “To whom
will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are
weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? ESV
The single biggest hindrance to advancing in the spiritual life is the refusal to seek and receive instruction. People simply do not pursue learning. They find it too tedious, too inconvenient, and they presume that they do not need to be taught. Thus they fail because of a barrier they themselves set up between them and God.
The context is drunkards demonstrating a disorganized life as a result of not knowing truth.
Truth is the content of the scriptures. Truth has to be learned from within the environment of fellowship, which is the environment obtained when one confesses his sins. Fellowship gives one the clarity of sight and thought, making discernment, learning, understanding, and using Bible doctrine easy and beneficial.
Truth has to be learned through instruction, but one has to be willing to learn, and objective in learning, and consistent in their daily learning.
Those who refuse or resist learning, or the learning process, do not learn. That should be obvious. Therefore, they do not gain access to the clarity of life, lack orientation to life and reality, and that leaves the fog and confusion of the carnal world.
In total blackness, knowledge wise, there is stumbling, falling, disorientation and so forth, just as a drunk would behave. Because when you cannot see, you cannot have any form of frame of reference. You do not know where you have been, where you are, or where you are going, spiritually speaking.
In any case, even when learning begins, it begins as an infant. For an infant cannot learn adult concepts. And one remains as a spiritual infant, so long as the learning process is hampered or hindered or not used at all.
An infant needs its momma. Only when you begin to grow up, can you wean off of momma and begin to eat the solid foods of an adult.
So the question is posed, when all are negative toward doctrine, then who is there to teach, who is there to learn, who is there to wean?
And the answer is obvious.
When people just want to feel good, just want to be entertained, just want to pass by, then they are not going to learn anything but infant concepts, if they learn anything at all.
That leaves them open to the many distractions and opinions of this world, for they do not have the inner resources to resist the worlds distractions and opinions. And that leaves disaster waiting just around the corner.
And so, to avoid spiritual disaster, then each person needs to develop an inner desire to want to learn, and then pursue that learning process so they can grow up to spiritual maturity, so they can develop and fulfil their own meaning and purpose, which God intended, for their life.