This is a short post with a powerful punch. We have heard how God doesn’t change and how God loves us. Yet, many have perceptions of God but not knowledge.
Understanding God’s ways or having knowledge of how God thinks or works in us, in our life and in the world is a puzzle sometimes. Need an example?
Okay. Look at 1 Kings 17. Remember Elijah? He lived during a time of drought and famine on earth. Remember God sent a raven to gather food and feed Elijah. Elijah was near a stream so he had water during the drought. But when the stream dried up, Elijah knew that was a sign that God wanted him to relocate. God even told Elijah to move to Zarephath.
Note: When a stream God is using to help you dries up, God may be telling you it is time to make a change, a move.
So God tells Elijah where to go, what city. But God also tells Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 7-16 KJV
7. “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
8. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9. Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12. And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah. ”
Knowledge – asks questions.
Why did God send Elijah to a poor poverty stricken widow and not to a wealthy person?
Who would you have sent Elijah to?
But God sent Elijah to a poor widow, why?
I encourage comments on this question. What do you think about this question? Why did God send Elijah to a poor, broke widow woman and not to a “well off” person?
Until next time.
Did you ever think about where your thoughts come from? Like when you first wake up in the morning and sit on the edge of your bed, thoughts about all kinds of things start going through your mind. Have you ever sat there and wondered, why am I thinking about that? And why am I thinking about that now? I have.
Let me show you how thoughts and knowledge tie together.
Colossians 1:19-22 KJV ” 19 For it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus Christ) should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”
Notice where the thoughts come from? Thoughts that God hates me, thoughts of God is angry with me because I did this terrible thing, or I did this or that. Those thoughts are put into your mind by people, by family, by friends and sadly, even by some preachers and even by the enemy Satan. But what does God say? Read it again, Colossians 1:19-22 above. Read it over and over again until it sinks down into your heart and mind.
Thoughts planted in to your mind can be true, they can be a lie and (like Satan did with Eve) they can be half truths.
If the thought is true, it can be backed up with other scripture verses. As my favorite Old Testament prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 28:9, 10 – ” Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Notice the topic is knowledge?
So knowledge comes from comparing line upon line and precept upon precept. Remember, knowledge is knowing that you know something. The information you sought was investigated thoroughly and you experiment and test your theories, you ask questions and you
come to a conclusion. When others test your information and come up with the same results you did, then they say you have knowledge in this field.
Some people devote their whole life to specific things. At the end of their life, you would assume they are very knowledgeable of that topic plus they have a lot of experience with their topic of choice.
The reason people get messed up with scripture doctrine is someone plants a thought in their mind. Most people never investigate or research that thought from scripture. They never compare thought or idea (precept upon precept) with other scripture verses. The result? God tells us the results in Ephesians 4:14 ” That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”
The result is we end up with (58) different religious denominations that use (15) different Bibles.
But when you can take a thought and search it out from scripture (AV1611 King James) you will see God will show you the truth from his word. You notice what you were searching out begins to be explained to you, by God himself.
Once you have searched it out in scripture and in prayer, God gives you your answer. Then it is up to you to decide if you will believe God or reject what God shows you or believe the person who put that thought in to your mind. Once you make your decision you have acquired knowledge in that topic.
Now let me say, if you choose to believe the person who put that thought in your mind over believing God, you base your knowledge on flawed information. An example.
For years people thought the world was flat and they based that teaching of a flat earth on information. But then one day Christopher Columbus sails and discovers other countries and proves when God’s word says the earth is a circle (round not flat) God was proven to be true and correct.
Isaiah 40: 21, 22 KJV ” Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:”
For years people had what they thought was accurate knowledge of the earth (it was flat) only to discover later that their knowledge was based on false information. Christopher Columbus believed God and the scriptures.
People have all kinds of thoughts about God, heaven, salvation and other topics. The question is, where are you getting your information from regarding these topics. Then, are you checking it out, precept upon precept, to make sure your knowledge lines up with the truth of God’s word.
Anyone with any real amount of scripture knowledge can make the word of God teach almost anything. That is how false doctrine is perpetuated. But to obtain knowledge in the truth, you must search out the scriptures and tackle topics line upon line and precept upon precept. Until next time.
When you think about it, if you know how to handle issues in life, life can be easier. Knowing how to handle things is knowledge.
The world has knowledge of all kinds of things. People go to schools to obtain knowledge of things in this world so they can get a job in a field of interest to them. The world has figured out ways to get people to pay tens of thousands of dollars to acquire knowledge, from this world, on a variety of topics; It is called college degrees.
The world even programs computers and puts these tiny computers into a box. The world builds a computer frame that appeals to the eyes of humans. Today, we call it Artificial Intelligence or AI.
But God offers knowledge too. And God does not charge mankind tens of thousands of dollars for his knowledge, God gives it freely in his word. And you get to choose if you want to pay tens of thousands of dollars for man’s knowledge or if you want to believe God and follow God’s knowledge.
You see, before Adam and Eve sinned, God spoke or communed with them (Genesis 2). Check this out.
In Genesis 1:26,27 God creates man in God’s own image. And in Genesis 2:7 we learn, from God, that God created mankind with a body (made from the dust of the earth), a soul (mind, will and emotions) and a spirit (the breath of life God breathed into man). And God spoke with Adam and Eve, Genesis 1:27-31.
We see in Genesis chapter one an overview and details are provided in chapters two and three of the events from chapter one. (Shows a pattern God uses. Say what happens then provide details in the following chapters.)
So Genesis one, God is communing with Adam and Eve. Genesis chapter two provides details of chapter one. Then Genesis chapter three, Satan is introduced to us.
We learn from God, that Satan is subtil. Sneaky. And what does Satan do? Tries to get Eve to doubt what God says. Paul the apostle says Satan does the same thing today. 2 Corinthians 4:3, 4 KJV
” But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Satan uses the same tactics today. When God says who we, believers, are in Christ, Satan tries to get us to doubt what God says. God says believers are justified, redeemed, sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Satan tries to get believers to doubt who they are in Christ, and Satan tries to deceive people. That is why there are believers who think they must keep their salvation by being good and doing good works.
Salvation was never based on how good we are. Salvation is based on the blood of Jesus Christ at the cross paying for all of mankind’s sin once for all. Salvation is based on what we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth.
So if Satan can get believers to doubt what God says about believers, Satan succeeds at weakening the effectiveness of the church.
Just like the Garden of Eden when Satan caused Eve to doubt what God said about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Satan tries to get people to doubt what God says about going to heaven. Doubt heaven and hell. Doubt a day of judgment. Doubt creation. Doubt healing and prosperity. Doubt God’s love for us. Doubt we are more than conquerors through Christ.
When you look at who you are in Christ, justified, redeemed, saved, sealed, and many other “things”, you see people who doubt what God’s word says about them, these people are trying to be good enough for God to accept them. Our Salvation was never based on our “good” works but on Christ’s work so what makes these people doubt that? Satan blinds their mind to truth.
When God says one thing about you and your life and you see something opposite happening in your life, you have a choice to make. Do you believe God and what he says about you or not? That is what the book of Job is all about. Job chose to believe God no matter what happened in his life. And Job chose to watch his mouth, be careful of the words he spoke. Remember when Job told his wife you speak as a foolish person when she wanted Job to blame God for their troubles?
Knowledge brings hope. Paul put it this way:
Romans 5:3-5 KJV ” And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Experience means you have knowledge of something. And when you see how Satan works, by causing you to doubt what God says about you, about a problem, about an issue, if Satan can cause you to doubt God about anything God’s word says, then Satan has deceived you just like he deceived Eve.
So what do we do? You have to look at areas of your life where you need answers. Then using a concordance, look up the key words of your question. Then write down the scriptures from your concordance and look them up in a King James Bible. God will give you your answers. Then it is up to you to choose to believe God or choose what you see happening in your life. Then do as Jesus did, speak God’s word to your question. You have to believe God and what he says, in your heart, and confess your belief in his word, speaking his word out loud with your mouth and you will see change. It may take a month, a day or thirteen years like it did with Joseph, but it will happen. How do I know it will happen? Because God’s word says God can not lie. So I believe what God says.
Ephesians 6: 12, 13 –
” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Until next time.
To understand life and living in this world, in the flesh, you have to go back to the beginning. God says he created everything. Man, animals, birds, God formed from the dirt of the earth. When we look at man, mankind, God says he created man in His image. So if man has a spirit, a soul, and a body, guess what God has?
When we look at God’s instructions to Adam keep in mind, God created Adam in his image. Look at Genesis 2: 15-23
” And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. ”
The only tree Adam could not eat of was a tree of “knowledge” . What area of human life does knowledge affect? Remember, we defined knowledge already in previous posts. Knowledge is not information, it is knowing that you know. So what part of the human body does knowing or knowledge affect? Yes, your mind. And your mind, your will and your emotions are the definition of your soul, not your body and not your spirit.
So when Adam took of the tree of knowledge, what area of Adam’s body would be affected? His mind. His soul.
So think about this. Before Adam sinned, his mind knew God, he communicated with God and God communicated with Adam. Adam thought like God thinks.
We know from scripture that God told Adam, if you take of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die. We know Adam and Eve took of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Did they die?
We know they did not die in their flesh, in their body. So what died? What part of them died?
Again, knowledge affects what part of the body? The mind. And the mind is part of what? Yes, the soul. So what part of Adam died? His soul. Adam’s soul was now dead unto God. Adam’s mind, his will and his emotions were now dead unto God.
So how could Adam know or operate in God’s will if Adam was now, in his mind, in his will and in his emotions, dead unto God? He can not. It is like Adam does not even have a clue what God tells him. Taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil messed up Adam and Eve’s mind. Not only did it mess up their mind but it also killed their soul towards God.
It is like putting on a blindfold and trying to walk through life not seeing, not hearing not knowing where to go and what to do. Not knowing your purpose. Not knowing why you are here. Not knowing what to do. And because God created all of us with his breath of life, deep in our spirit man, we know God is real. People struggle to find God, search out God, learn about God and why he created them. Why? Because when Adam sinned, it messed up his mind. He died towards God.
That is why all the shedding of blood in blood atonement sacrifices. God shed blood of an animal to cover Adam and Eve. Israel shed the blood of sheep and goats to cover Israel’s sin. It was not until God came in the flesh, in a fleshly body, in Jesus Christ, to shed his sinless blood, once and for all time, to pay Adam’s sin debt.
This is explained, by God, in the scriptures in Hebrews 9:6-28 ” Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9. Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10. Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
11. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
18. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
19. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20. Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25. Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26. For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
Not only did Jesus Christ pay man’s sin debt, but he also restored man’s relationship with God. We will pick it up from here next time, Lord willing. Until next time.
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. ”
There are many people in the world who say they love God, they believe Jesus died for the world, that heaven is real. Many have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
Knowledge illuminates the mind. Knowledge is like a light bulb going on in your mind. For my musician friends, remember when you first were learning to play your instrument and started studying music? It is like hours and hours of learning and practicing. At times you say, why doesn’t it sound better? Why do I keep missing that spot? But you press forward with study and practice. Then one day it is like you say to yourself, Ah, now I get it. Now I “see”. You reach an Ah Ha moment. The light bulb goes on in your mind. Then your practice improves, you start sounding better and your playing seems to get easier.
Wisdom, understanding and knowledge is that Ah Ha moment. People learn about all kinds of things. They are acquiring knowledge about a subject matter, a topic, a field of study. But true knowledge illuminates the mind. The mind processes the knowledge. Let me give you an example.
You can acquire all the information you want on any subject but that does not mean you have knowledge of the matter. You can collect papers upon papers of topics and those papers may sit in a drawer. You could say to others, yes you read about this or that, but you do not have true knowledge. Why?
Yup, you have not “applied” that information. Spiritually speaking, you can read and study scripture all your life, but if you do not believe scripture AND apply the scriptures to your own life, nothing changes. All you have is information.
All of this AI ( artificial intelligence ) “stuff” today is rightfully named. Artificial. It is fake. It is basically a computer programmed with information, not knowledge. Because AI can not apply the information to life because it is artificial, fake, not living.
True knowledge is the key to changing your life. The world offers their knowledge and the scriptures offer God’s knowledge and with your God given free will, you get to choose who you will believe and obey.
So when Paul said, about Israel, “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” In Romans 12:2 Paul was saying Israel has a zeal, a passion, enthusiasm, an eagerness of desire to please God. And Israel was trying to do that by keeping the law of Moses.
But Paul explained to them, ” For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5. For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.” Romans 12:4,5.
So Paul was trying to explain to Israel they had zeal to God but lacked knowledge. So they had information but lacked application.
You see, knowledge is the key to changing your life. We will pick it up from here next time Lord willing. Until next time.
Knowledge is not information. Both words are spelled differently and have different meanings. Define the words.
We could look at definitions in the 1828 Webster dictionary but look deeper. The 1828 defines knowledge as, A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of a truth, a fact.
So knowledge is not information. Knowledge is knowing that you know. A clear and certain perception of something. People have all kinds of knowledge. Cooks have a clear and certain perception if they put cetain ingredients together they know that they know, what the result will be.
Builders know that they know if they build something under certain established guidelines, they know what the results will be.
Doctors know specific issues can be corrected following specific guidelines. Musicians know putting a series of notes together present a pleasant sound. Pilots know following specific established guidelines, they can get an airplane weighing thousands of pounds to lift up into the sky. Mariners know that ships weighing several ton can float on top of water. All these have knowledge. They know that they know a specific fact.
And each of those listed above, often know the keyes to the knowledge in each of those areas. And people, everyday people, put their trust in the knowledge of others when they go on an airplane, take a cruise or eat at a restaurant.
Is it a wonder that people would put their eternal soul in the hands and trust of others? Few people take the time to obtain knowledge on spiritual matters. Most people, as Jesus said, are blind leading the blind. And those religious leaders often take away the key of knowledge.
You see, knowledge illuminates the mind. When your mind is enlightened to a truth, it changes your life. That is why knowledge is the seed for changing your life. And knowledge has certain keys that unlock your understanding. And when you get understanding of a topic, an issue, you discover the keys and it can change your life if you apply the knowledge to you and your life.
In the case of Jesus speaking to scribes and Pharisees, whom Jesus called lawyers because they operated in the laws of God’s word, Jesus tells them they are not going to enter and they prevent others from entering, see Luke 11:46-54 KJV ” Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.
46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.”
No doubt, religious leaders often hold people back from obtaining true knowledge of God and the things of God. Some religious leaders do this, not intentionally (I believe they may not know) but many do this intentionally to keep “control” over their flock.
We have today, plenty of churches full of people but no power of God in the church building. Clouds without water. Lifeless, powerless church services. Most church services are teach a 20-45 minute long message on a topic. Application is not taught. So church services become a stories.
When was the last time your church taught you God’s way to having a happy marriage? What salvation really is all about? How to know what God has called you to do? How to hear God speak to you? How to handle your finances God’s way? Budgeting? Helping others? Growing spiritually? How to walk in the Spirit? Live in the Spirit and be led by the Holy Spirit as Paul said in Galatians 5:16-25?
Many churches today have stories, programs, coffee shops, dinner on the grounds and all that is fine. But what about soul winning? Future events coming, aka prophecy teaching? Teaching believers how to disciple others? Teach believers how to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?
We have a bunch of defeated Christians walking around because they do not know how to change their life. Why? Because the religious leaders have taken away the key to knowlwdge. Religious leaders focus on stories, on get togethers, on collecting money, on social clubs.
Religious leaders even strive to indoctrinate believers in to specific denominational teachings. This is very bad because it closes the minds of people to the word of God. You limit God and yourself, when you are “un-teachable” .
This series is looking at knowledge and the keys of knowledge with the goal of helping our readers change their life. Knowledge is the seed of change. Then water and care for the seed and it will bring forth fruit. Are you game for the adventure? Then join us on this study of Knowledge.
Footnote: I just want to say I am humbled that God has sought to have this little blog in (99) different countries. I thank each and everyone of you for your comments and support of this blog.
One thing I have always wanted to do was put on a Treasure Hunt. When the movie series Pirates Of The Caribbean came out, it fueled my desire to do a Treasure Hunt. I started designing a flag, a map, what treasures to offer, how I could partner with businesses and a variety of partners. Even the auto maker Volvo did a Treasure Hunt and the winner got a new Volvo. I think it would be a great adventure to partner up with some companies and do a Treasure Hunt. It would engage people to work together. One day I trust I will do a Treasure Hunt. When that day comes, I will post notification on this blog. Who knows, maybe even have the fictional character like Jack Sparrow there.
Proverbs 25:2 says, ” It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
Concealed things are hidden things. Hidden things can be anything you do not know or things you are not aware of. They are hidden to you. In a physical sense, we see people walk, talk, feed themselves and go about daily physical tasks. Someone taught you and me how to do these daily tasks: We learned from different ways such as observation, practice, reading, asking questions and even asking God how to do something.
When you achieve these tasks, they become treasures to us. Need proof? Once you learn to walk if you take that ability away you realize walking on your own was indeed a treasure. Look at sight. If you loose your eyesight, you feel like you lost a treasure. People begin to understand the treasures God has given us when he created us.
But treasures are not just physical. Treasures are also spiritual. When you think about spiritual applications you realize God himself hides things.
God hid a king, King David, in a field as a shepherd boy. God hid the ark of the covenant behind badger skins in the Holy of holies. God hid the coming of the Messiah Yeshua / Jesus, as a babe in a manger. God hides how to get to heaven in his word. Romans 10:9,10 KJV says, ” That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
And for my Jewish friends read Psalm 32 and especially Psalm 32:5,6 ” I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.”
And read Isaiah 53 friend.
Today, there are so many religious denominations teaching their belief or interpretation of scripture. But God hid things in his word so people will dig for the treasures. Why? Not only Psalm 25:2 as listed above but also Psalm 44:20, 21 KJV ” If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.”
When you find spiritual truth, spiritual treasures, God knows the secrets of your heart.
When you find treasure, how do you react? What do you do with the treasure? What if you are in a group of people and the treasure is right there but no one takes the treasure, what would you do?
Someone told me this event. During a time of war, a call went out needing someone who understood Morse Code.
Five or six people were sitting in a waiting room listening to piped in music. Another guy walks in to the waiting room and sits down. No one comes out to get those in the waiting room. Then, the guy who came in last, stands up and goes through the door in to the office area. Shortly, a voice comes over the intercom saying, we have filled the position. Thank you, you may all leave now. So what happened?
The last man who came into the waiting room heard and recognized they were putting Morse Code in the music that was piped into the waiting area. The last man found the treasure and acted on it. He took the treasure and was rewarded by getting the job.
Often, we go through our daily life and never recognize the treasures God exposes us to daily. Very few believers see the treasures. Friends, it is a fact, God hides things.
Ever since the Garden of Eden, Satan has tried to thwart God’s plans. The Old Testament is full of history showing Satan trying to wipe out Israel because Satan knew the Messiah would come through Israel’s birth line. We read about Haman and Jezebel, Herod in the New Testament. Look at the Holocaust, an event trying to exterminate all the Jewish people. In the future, we see the Antichrist is going to come, to deceive the world.
God clearly hides things and he hides them in his word. So if God hides things in his word, doesn’t it make sense Satan would attack, change, alter, water down, God’s word?
But what about life now, in the flesh, in this world? Treasures are not limited to physical and spiritual. Treasures can be in anything if you know where and how to look for them. Need an example? Look at money. Look at your own financial position and what you were taught by man. How are you doing financially? What treasures have you found from God and his word about your finances? Your financial condition?
Treasures can be keys that unlock things for you. But know this, God knows your motives, your secrets, your heart and you can not fool God. And when you die and leave your body going into eternity, then you will understand if you found the treasure of eternal life in heaven with God. The time is now to make up your mind about, what are you going to do with the Lord Jesus Christ? Believe? Receive? Confess him as your Lord and Saviour? Or reject him?
Until next time.