Knowledge

December 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm (WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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After staring at the rising conjunction of The Lord of the Sabbath (Saturn) and The Righteous (Jupiter) for some moments, Balthasar said this: “There is one essential difference in the way we Jews approach knowledge – all knowledge, whether of the stars or other parts of creation – from the way most of the rest of the world examines knowledge. The Greeks and all who follow their precepts say the purpose of learning is gnothi seauton, ‘know thyself’. We Jews teach rather that the proper object of study is da’ath Elohim, ‘knowledge of God’.

Because of these radically differing starting points, Your Highness, there will never be complete accord between the two ways. We say, ‘The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom’. The Greeks and all who draw from their philosophy – including both the Romans and the Parthians – hope to rise from studying man’s higher nature to an understanding of God. It can never happen. Man’s higher nature does not exist apart from a reflection of God. We say, ‘Look at the stars and see the Creator!’ Only on such a foundation will any study or learning have either sense or purpose.”

Page 51 of the Fifth Seal by Bodie & Brock Thoene. All emphasis mine.

Alister Begg recently quoted in a sermon, “If we don’t find the knowledge we hold as truth as coming from and being confirmed by the Word of God, then our truth and knowledge can not stand. The world attempts to find knowledge and see if its in the Bible; then if not says that is the dis-proof of its value, keeps the knowledge but dumps the Book of Knowledge! Its absurd! Dump the knowledge that the Bible does not reflect or confirm Children of God!”

The longer I live, the more these differences in learning stand out and the one weighs heavy in foolishness, the other leads to peace. The western mind set, which is founded on Greek philosophy, by small degrees and galactic leaps makes all thing about man, his pursuits, his goals, his IQ, his education, opinions, perspectives. The eastern mind set, which is founded in Hebrew the first language ever known, points everything into the Hands of God, and makes Him the goal of anything of worth to be found. Why, would we as rational intelligent human beings not want to learn correctly? To change whatever need be in our thinking to truly learn from the Hand of God who created us, the world we live on, the universe it spins in? Why do we so desire to make life so small as only a human mind can comprehend, instead of so vast as only God can make it?
Its the question that 7,000 plus years of discussing, thinking, seeking, attempting to make horizontal instead of vertical, it still is so rarely grasped! To learn the answer, one must be willing to not know everything. To simply trust in the One who does. Knowledge is power, this is the world’s mantra. Such a lie cloaked in the amniotic fluids of truth. Knowledge of God is power, and this knowledge teaches us to stop trying to know everything! To trust in the person of all Knowledge, and put the knowing of everything as the least important purpose of one’s existence. This is so hard to do. Remember the Garden, in the Beginning? What was the name of the tree that we ate from that changed everything?
– The Tree of knowledge of good and evil.

So simple, so obvious is this to see, but living this simple truth out is among the steepest of climbs our hearts make in walking with God.

Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as cohen (priests) for Me. Because you forget the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.

Hosea 5:4
Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God, for the spirit of whoring is in them, and they don’t know Adonai.

Isaiah 5:12-13
…but they pay no attention to how Adonai works and never look at what His hands have made. For such a lack of knowledge My people go into exile; this is also why their respected men starve and their masses are parched from thirst.

Ephesians 1:17
the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of Him.

Ephesians 3:16-19
I pray that from the treasures of His glory He will empower you with inner strength by His Spirit, so that the Messiah may live in your hearts through your trusting. Also, I pray that you will be rooted and founded in love, so that you, with all God’s people, will be given strength to grasp the breadth, length, height, and depth of the Messiah’s love, yes, to know it, even though it is beyond knowing, so that you will be filled with all the fullness of God.

As always, I am passionate that Adonai has the last Word. May He continue to guide us all into the depth of knowledge in Him, protect us from the evil one who can deceive us into thinking we know what we do not, may the Spirit of Truth lead us ever towards Yeshua who came to live inside us, so we could be safe in Him.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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