Friday, July 08, 2016

"Knowing Nothing is Harder Than it Looks"

1st Corinthians 2.1-2 NASU

“When I cam to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

Paul was a smart man, an actual scholar. Trained by the famous Rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 22.3), Paul was highly educated according to the strictest sect of his religion (Acts 26.5). He was “a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee… as for legalistic righteousness, faultless”, (Philippians 3.5-6). If anyone had reason to boast in his knowledge, Paul did. He could have ‘wow’-ed any audience with his intellectual grasp of theological concepts. Yet, this amazing apostle of faith was “determined to know nothing… except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified”. Why?

Most of us spend our lives acquiring knowledge. Culture attaches a premium to good schooling and rewards the well-educated. A young professional in any industry can easily rack up over 20 consecutive years in the classroom (from Kindergarten through post-graduate studies). That's a lot of preparation! And for what reason? Blind Bluegrass guitarist, Doc Watson, once recorded a tune about it [1]…
“You can go to your college,
  You can go to your school;
  But if you ain’t got Jesus
  You’re an educated fool.”
There’s only one thing harder than acquiring knowledge and that’s learning to put it aside once we have it. It takes serious determination and true humility, not to mention a revelation from God, to clear our minds and make room for truth.

“For I determined to know nothing among you
except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
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The image "Clear Minded" was used by permission of by Jakes Jacobs from the Republic of South Africa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/koosroos). 

[1] This verse may have originated from the old blues tune "Denomination Blues" which was probably authored and first recorded in 1929 by Washington Philips. Doc Watson likely heard this song growing up in the 1930's. It has been recorded by other notable guitar masters like Ry Cooder and Mark Knofler.

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