Mans Increasing Knowledge
Just look around and think for a moment where we are today when it comes to technology. Man has taken technology to the limit and beyond. Actually, it has gone beyond the limits of man. There is technology out there today that the average man or woman just can't comprehend or explain. They just except it and go on with their daily lives. Now what I here the most from people is that we must be getting this knowledge from aliens that were here before, or possibly in contact with us now, because man on his own is just not that smart. Well, I am sure most of you will agree that we are in the end times, and technology is at it's peak. Or is it? Are we on the verge of curing cancer, or is man going to try and play God by cloning people? Will we all have a robot to help us around the house, or are we going to see flying cars soon? Will we finally solve the energy crisis, and will we develop new foods that will sustain the body without all the contamination? With all the things we know today, we are surly on the right track. But, where is all this knowledge really coming from? Let's go to the scriptures and see what it says about man's increasing knowledge.
And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan; And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. (Matthew 19:1-2). It was after His sermon on the mount at Tabgha (A small area on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum), that Jesus left Galilee and headed to the coast of Judea. Multitudes gathered as He healed and spoke to them.
Now let me set the stage for you. First some Pharisees came and tried to trap Him with a question about divorce and Jesus set them straight. Then one day some parents brought their children to Jesus so He could lay His hands on them and pray for them. (Matthew 19:3-15). Then a man came to Jesus with this question about what good deeds he must do to have eternal life. Jesus told the man that he should obey the commandments. But the man said that he kept all the commandments. Then Jesus told the man to sell everything he had and give it to the poor, but the man did not want to hear this, because he was very rich, and just walked away. (Matthew 19:16-22).
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? (Matthew 19:23-25). The disciples thought being saved would just be impossible. But, how did Jesus answer them?
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26). Jesus was telling them that humanly speaking this would be impossible; but with God anything is possible. Did you hear what He said? With God anything is possible! That is why we came here to start this study and lets keep that in mind. Now lets take "all things" back to the Greek (Strong's #G3956 "pas" meaning; all, any, every, the whole: "all manner of, means"). In other words, "one by which work is accomplished." Now lets take the word "possible" back to the Greek (Strong's #G1415 "dunatos" meaning; powerful or capable, able, can do). In other words, "doable." So, we find out that with man some things cannot be accomplished, are not doable, and just seem impossible. But with God, all things can be accomplished, are doable, and are possible.
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee. (Jeremiah 32:17). God made the heavens and the earth by His knowledge and mighty power; so there is nothing impossible or to hard for the Lord.
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3). Just as God said to Jeremiah; ask and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. God can give us insight to things of the future.
Lets go back to the book of Exodus at the time of Moses and see how God gives man the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to accomplish anything. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. (Exodus 31:1-5). God filled Bezaleel with "His Spirit" of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge in all manner of workmanship. "Wow, talking about a jack of all trades." Lets take a look at this word "wisdom," (Strong's #H2451 "chokmah" meaning skillful wisdom). Now lets take "to devise" back to the Hebrew, (Strong's H2803 "chashab" to plait, to weave, or generally to fabricate; and mentally to think, regard, value, compute, devise and to imagine). Now lets take "cunning works" (Strong's H4284 "machashabah machashebeth" a texture, a machine, intention, plan, curious work, imagination, invented, purpose or thought). God gave Bezaleel wisdom, ability and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He was not just a "jack of all trades," he was a master craftsman at every craft. Why? Because he had the spirit of God within him. Man can have that same "Spirit of God" within him today to go beyond mans ability on his own. What a wonderful gift from our Heavenly Father.
In the book of Daniel during the third year of King Jehoiakim's reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The king wanted four young men well versed in every branch of learning, and that were gifted with knowledge and good judgment to serve in the royal palace. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the captive tribe of Judah. The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. (Daniel 1:1-7). As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. (Daniel 1:17). God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. (all four men had an "unusual aptitude" for understanding). And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams. (Daniel had the "special ability" to interpret). The word "knowledge" here in the Hebrew is, ("madda madda" Strong's H4093 meaning intelligence, consciousness, science, and thought). These guys had the full pattern of wisdom and understanding from God.
In the last chapter of the book, Daniel is instructed by God to seal up the book till the end of times when "knowledge will increase." But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4). Here again we have the word "knowledge" (Hebrew Strong's H1847 "daath" meaning "cunning knowledge"). The end time knowledge will be "cunning knowledge" or "highly skilled" knowledge. I believe we are in that time of highly skilled knowledge right now. Not because of man, but because of God.
So again, where does all the knowledge of man come from? For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6). The Lord grants wisdom, and from Him comes all knowledge and understanding. Man has come a long way since the beginning of time, and we are heading into a new age when it comes to knowledge and technology. But, it is not man who deserves all the credit, it is our Heavenly Father. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36). Everything comes from God and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. "Yes, all the glory goes to the Heavenly Father."
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