More than knowledge

book-841171_640Deuteronomy 24:8: Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that thou observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so ye shall observe to do. (ASV)

The people were not supposed to presume anything but rather should follow what is taught. They were not supposed to come up with their own version of truth but follow the word of God. There should be an uncompromising commitment to the truth.

A man was described in psalm one as having the habit of meditating on the Word of God day and night. With such attention paid to the word of God, it is no wonder that he prospered in all his ways.

What you focus on you become. Since God is prosperous, when you focus on his word you become like him. But there is no paying attention to the word of God if you have not the fear of God. The bible says that the fool says in his heart: there is no God (Psalm 14:1). They pursue everything else except the knowledge of God. They have no time to wait on God, no time to listen on the word, therefore their errors are multiplied.

The word of God delivered power into our life. It is not called the word of God for nothing. And we read that where the word of a king is there is power and God is King (Ecclesiastes 8:4). His words carried his creative power, his creative essence. The bible says that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3). When we release the word, we release creative power. The word is packed with creative energy.

The word of God interacts with our heart to form the character of Christ in us; the word of God interacts with the Holy Spirit to connect us with the power of God.

God is not worshipped on our own terms but on his. There cannot be two masters in a boat, it is either Jesus is Lord of all or he is not Lord at all.

In God’s word we learn his ways and can walk in his truth, which is his light, otherwise we are in darkness. The bible says that God’s word is light to our feet, and lamp to our path (Psalm 119:105). With the word of God our path is illuminated, our decision is rightly guided.

The word of God sharpens our desire aright, causing us to thinking God’s thoughts and therefore are enabled to walk in his ways.

The house of God is described as the place that the word of God will proceed forth (Isaiah 2:1-3). In a prophecy by Isaiah, he said that the mountain of the Lord’s house will be lifted above all mountains and nation will come there, saying: teach us the ways of God, and we will walk in his truth.

There is no possibility of walking in God’s truth without first being taught in his ways. When we are taught aright our thinking is directed aright, and in turn our lifestyle are rightly shaped.

But to learn you need a teachable heart. You cannot be full of yourself, full of your opinion, be confident in your own tactics and be able to learn.

The bible described some people as ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy 3:7). What may cause that state of affair is if we were full of our own opinion, leaning on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6), thinking we are some form of island of brilliance. To learn you need some measure of openness.

The difference between Mary and Martha in the bible was their posture to the word of Christ (Luke 10:38-42). While Martha was busy trying to give Jesus something, Mary was seated at his feet soaking up his words. Jesus said that one thing is needed and that is what Mary chose. Martha was focused on the external, and not the internal like Mary. While Mary was listening to Jesus time froze, nothing else mattered. She was growing on the inside while stationary on the outside.

Peter said that Jesus had the words of eternal life, adding that that was why he was following him (John 6:68).

Another prayed in the bible: teach me your ways Oh Lord and I will walk in your truth (Psalm 86:11). Knowledge is the acquisition of new information; understanding is grasping how the pieces of information relate to one another; and wisdom is right application of the new information. It all began with knowledge. To be different, you need to pursue more knowledge.

The bible says those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). This kind of knowledge has to do with “oneness” in which we become one with the truth. We need to realise that truth is a person, Jesus (John 14:6), and not just an ideology, the goal of those who pursue truth is to see Jesus as he really his, since he is the truth.

However, knowledge is not everything. Paul said that knowledge puffs up but love edifies (1Corinthians 8:1). It is harder to learn love than to be informed about truth. Truth can exist on its own, but love needs connection, needs to reach out, needs to move into new territories, needs to serve others, needs to obey God.

Love describes the right motivation, whereas knowledge can outline what it means to be rightly motivated; love is of the heart while knowledge can stay in the mind; knowledge may not change your life, but love does. The bible says the way to be filled with the fullness of God is by being filled with his love (Ephesians 3:16-19).

While the truth makes us free (John 8:32), love moves us to get others into their freedom. Jesus was moved to come to rescue us from the doom of hell, not just because he was aware of how the problem of sin had ravaged man but it was about his love for humanity.

In the bible, we see references to the fact that he was moved by compassion in what he does (Mark 1:40-41). He did not just know what is wrong with humanity but is the embodiment of the solution because he is the embodiment of love. One man who had leprosy said to Jesus: if you are willing you can make me clean and Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched forth his hand, and said: I am willing, be clean (Mark 1:40-41).

The point is that as good as knowledge is, it is not everything, the heart is not developed by just packing it with knowledge, it is made to run on love. Love controls the action more than knowledge does. That is why Jesus said we should love the Lord our God with all our heart (Mathew 22:37). Love determines everything, even the way we pursue the knowledge of God.

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