Knowledge – Insufficiency

Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

Matthew 16:16, 22-23, “Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

“Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Knowledge or Life?

An observer of the nineteenth-century American education system noted that parents pressured teachers to stress reading, but not comprehension of the words. Educators today theoretically dismiss that philosophy, but low scholastic scores among students indicate we may be repeating their mistake. Still, while ignorance curses many lives, advances in knowledge and technology haven’t brought us corresponding benefits. We continue to eat from the tree of knowledge, but what happened to the tree of life? Like a surgeon who opens up a patient, takes out the intestines and discovers the problem, we can get a person apart, but can we put that person back together again?

Only when we understand humanity’s spiritual nature. Knowledge can at best diagnose the problem; it has no ability to prescribe the cure. “He was skillful enough to have lived still,” Lafeu said of the good doctor in All’s Well That Ends Well, “if knowledge could be set up against mortality.” It can’t be. We believe, not think or reason, our way to life. Any spirit that demands perfect knowledge is just like the student who can say the words, but has no understanding of what he speaks. How God saves us has never been explained, but there is no doubt he has. God asks us to accept by faith what we cannot understand or explain. Knowledge is a useful ally, but in reaching perfection, it is only the handmaid of faith, not its mistress.

Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to
pay the price. – Juvenal

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. – Tennyson

Strange how much you’ve got to know before you know how little you know.

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. – Disraeli

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 49+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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