Insight Pt I
“Knowledge & Wisdom”
Synopsis of Bible Study 09/30/09
What separates a believer from a non believer is what a believer knows. People make decisions based on what they don’t know. Hosea 4:6:6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.-people are destroyed because of what they do not know. Without knowledge, wisdom won’t happen. Knowledge in other words is the foundation for gaining wisdom. In the Garden of Eden, knowledge (in the absence of Wisdom) came in and ruined everything. Ex- When a car breaks down, mechanical knowledge is needed. The knowledge you have is tied to a problem. God gives us the knowledge to solve life’s problems.
Everything God created was done with knowledge. Proverbs 3:19-20: 19The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. -Whatever God does is an act of love, so he knows what he does. God has knowledge and he wants us to gain it about him and spiritual matters. Why come to church and not try to gain spiritual knowledge.
I. Love without knowledge?
You can have love without knowledge. Ex- There was a mother that only feed her children meat. As a result, they weren’t healthy because they lacked some nutrients that they should have been getting. She read something about nutrition (knowledge) and it prompted her to change their diet. As a result of this, the kids got healthier. Since the mother changed the kid’s diet as a result of the knowledge that she gained, does this mean began to love the kids anymore? Of course she didn’t. The truth is previously she didn’t have the knowledge to do what she needed to do. As a result of the knowledge she gain, she changed what she was doing. This can be applied to other situations. How can a wife or husband be a good spouse without knowing what a spouse is supposed to do? They have to have to knowledge to know what to do in order to do it well. In this same manner, we need to gain knowledge of what God wants us to do and what his will is for our life.
You have to have knowledge to go with your zeal. Proverbs 19:2: 2Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
Acts 17:22: 22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.-The Apostle Paul was brilliant, intelligent, a writer, a Theologian, and etc… Paul goes to Mars Hill located in Athens grace and this is the Mecca of Philosophy. This is where the smart people used to hang out to discuss historical things. Paul shows up and is respected because of his history. In verse 22, superstitious here means traditionalism. Paul tells the great Philosophers and Theologians that they had things that they believed in that were not foundational.
Acts 17:23: 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.- Paul tells them that he knew they loved God, but they have so many traditions, they are ignorantly worshiping him. All of us are smart, but there are areas that we are ignorant in. Ex-Lots of people come to church and have learned wrong because of tradition. Tradition is one of our bigger blockers of what we are supposed to do. The truth has to transcend all of our traditionalism. It is hard accepting that what you grew up believing is wrong. Ex. – some people still have a hard time seeing a preacher wearing jeans in the pulpit. Ex2-The sheet being used on the communion table has no biblical soundness. Historically it was just used for fly problems. Ex3-Holding up the one finger when you tip out of church, really comes from slavery. It came from the fact that slaves had to let their Master know that they were leaving out, so they would do it by holding their finger up. There is no biblical foundation to this. Paul simply reminded the Theologians and Philosophers that traditions were messing them up.
Acts 17:24-25: 24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; – Pual tells them they are only worshiping God in the temple. This is why they thought they could do what they wanted to do outside the church. We come to the church to worship, but we should come to the church worshiping. God doesn’t need us to lift our hands. We need to do lift our hands as a form of surrendering. When you give in a offering, it is not because God needs it. We give because we want to be blessed. We have our very breath because of him. What if he took it away or made us pay a breath tax?
Acts 17:26: 26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; – In the this scripture, Paul is dealing with people so covered in religion, but the truth is, we are all one family. When you come into the truth, you know we are all one blood. In God’s eyes, there is not separate race, or denomination, or anything that cause us to separate ourselves from each other.
Acts 17:28: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. -Paul says he wants to bring us into knowledge.
II. Those who are deliberately ignorant and actively avoid truth
Don’t be a fool. Ephesians 5:17: 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Study God’s word and know what his will is for every area of your life. If we want to be a better man, a better woman, better in our finances, or better in our relationships, we need to read what God’s word says about the goal.
Seek the truth and gain knowledge. Proverbs 23:23: 23Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Leave your simple ways. You are above this stuff. Proverbs 9:6: 6Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Nothing you can desire can compare to wisdom Proverbs 8:11: 11For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
He, who walks with wise, grows wise. Ever notice how fools like to hang out together. Hang out with people who are pursuing what you want Proverbs 13:20: 20He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
You need people who can speak knowledge into your life. You really can’t trust your own understanding. If we were to talk about what happened in the news recently, when it got back, it would be a different source. Lots of time we call it a reliable source when actually it is a re-lying source. Proverbs 24:5-6: 5A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. 6For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
We need to know the source of true knowledge. The source of true knowledge is God. Proverbs 3:5-7: 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
The Lord gives wisdom. The knowledge we have comes from God. Proverbs 2:6: 6For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
III. The source of true knowledge
They say they are going to trust God and not the doctor. Many people have said they were going to listen to the doctor. They say they are simple going to trust God. Well God gave the physician knowledge and refusing this knowledge is an act of ignorance.
Court, God gave knowledge to the lawyer. Out of Gods mouth comes knowledge. We come to church every week and we come with a problem and we want to know is there a word from the Lord. We are not coming for a word from our Pastor. We are coming for a word from God.. It is God’s word that you after, because God’s word is an answer to your problem. We have real problems and d we need a real word. When you show up, the knowledge you get deals with the problems you are experiencing. Ex-On one occasion, Jesus gives parable which is an earthly story with heavenly meaning. It is about the seeds that were sown by the sower. Some fell by the way side, some fell on stony places, some had no roots and withered away, some fell among thorns and others fell into good ground. Jesus pulls the disciples in and tells them what the parable means. He tells them that the seeds will represent the reaction of the people they spread the word to. Some people the seeds will fall by way side, some will have hard heads, some the world will choke out from the lack of roots, and others will be excited and run with the word. Knowledge is the answer. He then tells them to get in the ship with him after the parable of the seeds lesson. Jesus goes to sleep and the disciples are supposed to ferry the ship through the unpredictable Sea of Galilee. Out of nowhere a storm comes. When it comes, they start panicking. Nobody had the understanding or the knowledge of the storm. If they could have solved it or stopped the storm, they would have. Like us, we are here because we need an answer. The disciples start panicking. They cried out “Master!” They remembered that Jesus was on the ship. Jesus is the word. The word, the knowledge, or the answer is on the ship, during the problem. They have a problem, but the answer is on the ship. Most preachers will say “Peace Be Still” is the main point of the story of this particular storm. That is a powerful sermon but let’s go a litter deeper. The revelation of that text is when Jesus says “o yea of little faith”. If your faith is awake, you can go asleep too. God gave them knowledge on the sea shore with the parable of the seeds. You don’t have to wake up the teacher, when you already got the answer. We get so codependent on the teacher, we keep asking the teacher, when he has already spent time giving us the answer. Jesus is like they woke him up over something that they already had knowledge to understand. The source of knowledge is God. God will give the knowledge to or the answer. You have notes and you have CDs of the sermons falling out of your car. Why don’t we go back to what God has taught and quite asking the teacher for what has already been taught., why don’t you go back to what you have already been taught.
IV. Knowledge, understanding, and Wisdom
Knowledge is the facts. 1 Corinthians 12:8: 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; – Understanding is the ability to lift the meaning out of the facts, and wisdom knows what to do next.
We are after using knowledge to get wisdom. Ex-There is a man un-churched. The wife goes to church. Her Pastor is teaching on”relationships” a powerful teaching of knowledge. Let’s say she lifts up a piece of the teaching. She waits until Monday night football and tries to talk to her husband who is not into church. She cuts off the football game says she is sick of the way her husband is treating her. She includes that her Pastor says he needs to love her like Christ loved the church. This is a good example of having knowledge without wisdom. She may be right in what she is saying, but coming home and cutting off Monday night football, and demanding that he go by a church principle is not exactly a wisest way to get him to buy into what you believe. How many of us have had the right knowledge, but through a lack of wisdom, acted at the wrong time?
Knowledge Understanding Wisdom
Facts meaning What to do next
Information Principle Application
Memory Reason Action
Scholar Teachers Prophets
Those with knowledge are able to collect, remember, and access information
Those with understanding are able to extract the meaning out of the information
Those with wisdom know which principle to apply now.
IV. There is a principle we need to drop
Revelation is revealed to us by our ability to be able to understand it. Matthew 16:13-15: 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? -Jesus asks who do they think he is?
Simon Peter said thou art the Christ the son of the living God. Matthew 16:16: 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Narration: (verse16) Well Jesus, you know I always talk first. I really don’t fit in. I have a knife. I am from the street, I am a little edgier than the others, but I am just me. One thing I know though, I know who you are. You are the son of the living God.-We make judgments on how colorful people s language is. The truth is, some of the folk like Peter are the ones that really know who God is. God is going to use somebody with a messed up background just like he did Peter.
Matthew 16:17: 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. -Even though you got issues, you got the clutter out of your life long enough to receive the word of God and allow God to reveal who I am (who Jesus was).
Matthew 16:18: 8And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.-He said you are Peter (or Pedros meaning a big piece of rock), because you gave revelation knowledge, you will be stable and solid. Upon ecclesia, the study of the church and what it really is, the church will be built and the gates of hell will never prevail against this. There are some satisfied with knowledge, but there are others that want a revelation word or Rama word.
What you receive from people is information, but from God you receive revelation. We want to learn the proper revelation of knowledge. Coming to bible study tells others that you really are hungering for a knowledge of God.