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Just a Million and a Half Years Behind
Blanco Church of Christ
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 19, 2009

In Luke chapter eleven Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. There was on that occasion a lawyer (lawyers: supposedly experts in the Mosaic law) listening to Jesus. When he heard what Jesus had to say, he said to Jesus, "Teacher when You say this, You insult us too" (Luke 11:45). Jesus proceeded to denounce the practices of the lawyers. Jesus concluded this message with this charge against them - "you have taken away the key of knowledge". Someone once said, "knowledge is expanding at the rate of 2000 pages a minute. So if you read twenty four hours a day, from age 21 to 70, and retained all that you read, you would be one and half million years behind when you finished". I suppose this statement depends on a number of variables but no doubt human knowledge is increasing rapidly. Certainly much of this knowledge we would consider non-essential to the living of everyday life. Nevertheless we are reminded of how much there is to discover, and to learn, and just how much we don't know, and personally, will never know.

It is key that we understand that we need the knowledge and wisdom that comes from above (James 3:17). Man is not self-sufficient, and left to his own worldly discoveries and continual production of educational material, without a understanding of God's spiritual principals, will produce nothing more than educated fools. Technically advanced but morally inept.

t is key that we use the knowledge we discover in a way that exalts it's Creator and benefits our fellow man. It is said that, "knowledge makes arrogant" (I Corinthians 8:1) which I take to mean, that we begin to think too much of ourselves and treat others with contempt. Knowledge without love is indeed just so much noise and empty chatter (I Corinthians 13:1-3). It is one thing to enlighten others and another thing to be enlightened. Perhaps this is why Jesus said that the first commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39).

A wise man once wrote that, "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Where is the sense of awe and reverence for God in our society? Some are working hard to remove it altogether and unfortunately are having an alarming amount of success. It seems to me that such a process is in truth to remove the 'key of knowledge' from a society that is always endeavoring to open new doors of wisdom and understanding.

It doesn't matter how fast your going, if your going in the wrong direction. No matter how fast we gather information, if we proceed without godliness, then being a million and half years behind, is probably an estimation that is a little on the low side. It should be said though that it is amazing though how much ground can be made up if God is put back in the picture.

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