Knowledge leads to pride…pride puffs up. We Hebrews, we grafted-in Messianics are excited about all we have learned. So blessed to have seen where we were being deceived – so full of what we have learned…
If any one imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if one loves God, one is known by him”1 Corinthians 8:1
Like the proud pharisee we keep the Shabbat, we eat clean, we celebrate His feasts. We read our correct translations, we know how to do original language word studies. All we should do. But where do faith, mercy, and justice fall while we debate this theory and that?
How many of us have guru level teachers who we follow almost blindly our trust is so great? Yes, we need to honor our modern-day ‘Davids’ – but that does not make ‘David’ all-knowing.
If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge . . . , but have not love, I gain nothing.1 Corinthians 13:2
It would seem knowledge can lead to a deeper walk with our Savior, in which love then reigns. Can knowledge lead to deeper service to our fellow men? Yes, and it can lead to freedom and increased faith.
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.Proverbs 1:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God2 Corinthians 10:5
So why, more often than not, do we see it leading to division and strife?
Broken fellowships and relationships?
Why the constant seeking of a new take on ‘it’? Why the chest-pounding over your group or teacher’s understanding? The new translation, the new idea? Isn’t He enough? Have we even come close to being obedient to the weightier matters of mercy, faith, and justice?
Knowledge Puffs Up – Pray tell, how is this encouraging?
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.Romans 14:19
So what makes the difference in knowledge puffing up instead of edifying? Why do we pursue new twists instead of edification? Why in the world do we think we know anything?
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.Proverbs 26:12
Are you full of pride and busy tearing others down with your knowledge? Are you convinced that your 20 years of studying the Word or your 15 years of being Torah observant makes you wiser than others?
How about when you’re quite sure you have special insight into theology that others struggle to see?
Aww, Beloved, we are just a clanging bell if we don’t have love. And love does not happen until we die to ourself.
Knowledge puffs up – BUT, gained through the lens of His love is humbling.
A new believer has more love than the Pharisee on the corner. Who do you want to be like? We can use knowledge to bless. We can use knowledge to curse.
Do you desire to be like Him? You may have to walk away from those who are more interested in expounding upon their great knowledge. A time is coming when we will have to choose – humility, love for one another or having or own way.
Know this day who you will choose.
If you have knowledge that is making you proud, rather than loving, you don’t really know anything.John Piper, Desiring God
The Information Age and Pride
Knowledge, how easily we can come by it this day and age. Really our only hindrance is time. How can any of us be prideful over knowledge? It would seem what you are really prideful over is your time spend and the power of your brain to remember. So umm, let’s think about this logically – did you create your mind? Did you give yourself the gift of time? While spending our time studying is pretty cool, indeed, is it really better than spending time loving and encouraging others?
Grace to forgive our haughty hearts, grace to remain humble even in a greater revelation of Him, and most importantly grace in intimacy—knowing Him and not just knowing about Him because when we know Him, we will grow in humble love rather than prideful knowledge.Stephen Porter, Proverbs & Wisdom
- If what I know does not build you up, does not encourage you, does not edify…
- If I am just looking to feel good about myself, and gain respect…
- When my information causes division or strife…
- What if my understandings are not coupled with love?
- How about if you disagree with my conclusions…
- Can I disagree with you and still be accepted?
- Puffed up knowledge hurts, the knowledge gained in love edifies…
- Should I really esteem you more than myself?
How to be His Body?
If only we could believe the Word when it speaks of being a Body and one part not being more important than another. If a pinky toe is as important as the brain in His kingdom….well, just consider the implications!
Kind of makes one yearn for a different paradigm doesn’t it? One where we who have crossed over into Torah Observance and Hebraic thought are full of love and excitement for keeping the weightier matters, while not avoiding the other issues. You know, like Yeshua suggests…. or was that an admonishment?
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, brimming with knowledge, and able to instruct one another.Romans 15:14