Knowledge

Attitude Toward
 
Some want knowledge, to know all there is to know. For example, the old style of news reporting listed the several things the first sentence in the report should answer in the order of importance: who, what, when, where, how and why. One further question a person must ask: is the information true and verifiable. To have good information makes a person powerful and commanding. More importantly, God communicates to those people, who are willing to learn, the basis of true knowledge, knowledge of His Word and who He is. 
 
1Sam. 2:3 “Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed. 

 
Knowledge does not come by accident, but rather by intensely seeking it.
 
Prov. 2:2-5 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD
And discover the knowledge of God. 

 
Some prefer to see the world through their own eyes and their preconceived notions. They contend one cannot know anything accurately because, for example, four people seeing an action will give four different versions of it. Therefore, they say, whatever a person believes to be true is. What they fail to say is most of the four versions contain the same information. Instead of decrying the difference, they ought to recognize the similarities. The Bible says on the basis of two or more witnesses, one could find a person guilty of a crime, because enough of the similarities would be witness enough.
 
Prov. 18:15 The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
 
Basis of Knowledge
 
God created everything in the beginning, including the Commandments, as we know. Many people have knowledge of these Commandments; very few people, partly due to deception, believe in the Commandments to the extent that they would keep them because they really do not believe they have to keep them. They really believe that they do not want to keep them for a variety of reasons. A major reason is they prefer to “do their own thing” than having to obey God.
 
Faith in the Commandments opens a person’s mind to the knowledge of good and the ability to understand the knowledge of God, as well.
 
Psa. 119:66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.
 
Paul continues to expound the importance of knowledge and wisdom. Furthermore, he talks of spiritual wisdom, not just the wisdom of the world. Spiritual wisdom comes from being filled with the knowledge of God’s will; both His Commandments and His purpose encourage people to receive the great blessing of eternal life.
 
The Spirit of wisdom, understanding and revelation come from the power of God’s mind, ruach, expressed by words powered by the ruach, breath of God. To be filled with the Spirit means the power of God’s mind controls a believer’s mind so that he will think godly, speak godly and act according to God’s will.
  
Col. 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
 
Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

 
Noah, Abraham and Moses believed God and acted according to His Word and commands. They understood that showing their love for God by trusting and obedience would bring blessings and rewards far beyond what they could image, and far better than any inconvenience or problems associated with obedience and faith.
 
1Cor. 2:4-9 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that god has prepared for those who love him.
 
Paul connects the reality of love and knowledge in bringing believers to the highest level of discernment and growth in the ways of God.
 
 Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,
 
Then we pray to learn about God and to be led by the power of His Spirit.
 
Psa. 143:10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
 
The knowledge of evil leads to death. While we know evils, idolatry, murder, adultery and covetousness, the knowledge of evil means more that understanding definitions. That knowledge means an intimate knowledge by doing as committing murder; that is knowledge of evil. Or, on a lesser level of murder, e.g., would be learning how to murder in its aspects. Briefly, that is knowledge of evil.
 
Gen. 2:9 Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 
Gen. 2:17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

 
God explains that being involved in evil as explained above would be devastating to a person and all around him if were to live forever.
 
Gen. 3:22 ¶ Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—
 
Benefits of Knowledge
 
Proverbs 2 goes in some detail about how the knowledge of good blesses.
 
The proverbs first describe how vigorously a person should seek knowledge.
 
Prov. 2:1-5 My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.
 
Then the proverb explains where knowledge comes from.
 
Prov. 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
 
Knowledge protects people from evil.
 
Prov. 2:7-8 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
 
Godly knowledge teaches a person to further understand aspects of knowledge, like righteousness.
 
Prov. 2:9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice And equity and every good course.
 
Knowledge gives a person a joyous attitude.
 
Prov. 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
 
The proverb further explains how godly knowledge protects a person from evil knowledge dwelling in the wicked who desire to do evil.
 
Prov. 2:11-19 Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things; From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; Who delight in doing evil and rejoice in the perversity of evil; Whose paths are crooked, who are devious in their ways; To deliver you from the strange woman, From the adulteress who flatters with her words; That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death And her tracks lead to the dead; None who go to her return again, Nor do they reach the paths of life.
 
Here the proverb compares the blessings of adhering to godly knowledge to the curses of evil pursuits.
 
Prov. 2:20-22 So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land And the blameless will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the landAnd the treacherous will be uprooted from it.
 
Proverbs 3 tells people to incorporate knowledge in every aspect of living from impressing it in the mind to scribing them on the heart.
 
Prov. 3:1-3 My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
 
More blessing are given to those trusting in godly knowledge in everyday life.
 
Prov. 3:4-10 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.
 
Godly knowledge always involves training just as an athlete or musician, e.g., needs guidance and coaching.
 
Prov. 3:11-12 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
 
Understanding brings greater blessings in and of itself than anything else.
 
Prov. 3:13-18 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast.

 As we know, God created the heavens and earth by His ruach through His Word.
 
Prov. 3:19-20 The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.
 
By keeping godly knowledge in mind all the time, people, as the Proverb reiterates, receive blessings.

 
Prov. 3:21-25 My son, let them not vanish from your sight; Keep sound wisdom and discretion, So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden fear Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; Godly knowledge brings God into focus and involved in a person’s life.
 
Prov. 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence And will keep your foot from being caught.

 
Then godly knowledge describes the good a person can do for others.
 
Prov. 3:27-32 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you. Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you. Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways. For the devious are an abomination to the LORD; But He is intimate with the upright.
 
Those who seek godly knowledge and implement it garner a special relationship with God.
 
Prov. 3:33-35 The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted. The wise will inherit honor, But fools display dishonor.

 Spiritual Benefits
 
The ruach comes into the forefront by being an important element in godly understanding.
 
Job 32:8 “But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
 
As we know, the Spirit, ruach, means the wind, breath, mind and spirit. When, God, then, sends His Spirit from heaven, He uses His breath to vibrate His spiritual vocal folds to articulate the information He wishes to communicate to mankind. God said, “Light!” The Spirit empowered God’s thoughts or commands to create light. Ruach has tremendous power to give information, create and move even the Red Sea.
 
The interrelationship between the Hebrew ruach of mind, breath and wind gives people an understanding beyond IT.
 
The ruach in the following verses primarily emphasized the meaning of mind. The ruach, God’s mind and Word in people, enables them to understand even the depths of God. Man’s ruach knows the thoughts of man just as God’s ruach knows His thoughts, which He reveals to man by His ruach, His Spirit. Completing the meaning of ruach, God’s mind reveals His thoughts by the ruach (breath) forming the Words of the ruach (Mind).
 
1Cor. 2:10-13 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
 
The ruach — mind, breath and wind of God­­ — leads people to the words of understanding and wisdom for people. This knowledge brings the faithful to practice faith, healing, miracles and prophecies.
 
1Cor. 12:8-10 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
 
We understand how the power of the ruach created the heavens and the earth and all that is on it to provide life for people made in the image of God. When a person completely lives by the power of the ruach, he can do the things Jesus did and more. The ruach empowers people with power of love and life.
 
Prov. 3:20 By His knowledge the deeps were broken up And the skies drip with dew.
 
Prov. 24:5 A wise man is strong,
            And a man of knowledge increases power.

 
Conclusion
 
Learning godly knowledge and the power of the ruach gives people life and life more abundantly.
 
1Kings 3:9 “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
 
Psa. 119:99-100 I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged Because I have observed Your precepts.


Amen.

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