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TTWMN 095: Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom (Part 2)

Does it seem sometimes that everyone has gone crazy (except yourself, of course)? That common sense has left the building, and that even the ability to listen to reason has fled? Today’s discussion centers around how we think these days, focusing on the Bible’s definitions of Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom.

God’s Word clearly says marriage is exclusively for a man and a woman. But progressive politicians, media and public education begin to indoctrinate the younger generation with their agenda—they teach children what to think instead of how to think–and one day those younger people become voters—voters who approve of candidates who support homosexual marriage. Because we have not taught our children the absolute truth of God and His Word, they now rely on their “feelings” rather than truth to make decisions. We have also raised the greatest generation of narcissists in the history of the world. We have taught them to appeal to things of the flesh, regardless of the effects on others and society as a whole.

 

Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom in the Bible

Animals have knowledge. They know that when you come home they will be fed. But they lack true understanding. For example an animal cannot think about or plan what it will do next week. This is exactly what many younger people do these days—only think about the immediate effects of their actions and how it will make them feel good—without thinking of the long term consequences of their actions.

Man was given knowledge and the ability to understand. We have the ability to consider other perspectives other than our short term pleasure, and consider how our actions will affect others.

 

Wisdom

Wisdom is how we consider the long term effects of our thoughts and actions. But there is a human “wisdom” and a wisdom from God. Human wisdom is called foolishness by God.

We are being trained by the government and media to have knowledge without understanding or wisdom. We know “facts” but not truth. Example:
A young woman knows a fact: That she is pregnant and having a baby will disrupt her short term plans for “happiness”. But she lacks the understanding of the long term effects of murdering her child so she has an abortion. Studies show that more than 80% of women who have abortions suffer depression and regret for the rest of their lives.

This young woman was trained to do whatever she thought would benefit her immediately—even at the cost of a long term life of depression.
Drugs, alcohol and sex work the same way: We have been trained “If it feels good, do it!” But because we do not pursue understanding and wisdom from God we do not realize we are destroying ourselves by the pursuit of short term pleasure over long term righteous behaviors.

 

Bible Verses

Psalms 32:9 | “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.”

Psalms 49:20 | “Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.”

Psalms 82:5 | “They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.”

Psalms 111:10 | “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”

Proverbs 1:7 | “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 2:1-15 | “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.”

 

For more, check out Jay Seegert on Stand Up for the Truth show, on how to share the gospel to unbelievers.