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Do You Want to Know?

  

1Corinthains 2:11-13
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

We have been given the spirit so that we can know. God wants us to know! He has always wanted His people to know Him and His ways. However, man has to want to know, because God will not violate free will. The good news is that God wants us to know; therefore, it is available to do so. The determining factor is with us. Do we want to know? In the days of Isaiah, God revealed Himself to the prophet but not to Israel. He commissioned Isaiah to go forth and confront the people regarding their stubbornness and hard-heartedness.

Isaiah 6:8-10
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Because they did not want to know and obey, God did not allow them to know. The irony of this record is that Isaiah was given the privilege to see and hear God as so few have, and the message he was given to speak was regarding Israel’s inability to see and hear.

During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, many also did not want to know. So he did not speak to them plainly, rather in parables. His disciples asked why he spoke in parables. He responded as follows.

Matthew 13:11-14
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

After his explanation he quoted to them the same verse stated in Isaiah 6:8-10. The context of these comments was regarding the parable about the seed and the sower which relates to hearing and receiving the Word of the Kingdom. The multitudes were not interested in hearing about the Kingdom; therefore, he did not plainly teach them. However, the eyes of the disciples were blessed.

Matthew 13:16 and 17
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them ; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them .

Why did these fishermen, tax collectors, common men get to hear the great truth spoken by our Lord? Was it because of their background, education, genealogy? No, No, No! They heard because of God’s grace and election which was offered because they had a heart for God and wanted to know.

The people in Jesus’ day saw the Word of God in the flesh, and they heard the Word spoken. They also saw many supernatural miracles. Yet, the vast majority did not really see or hear because they did not have a genuine desire for God. Their hearts were far from Him (John 12:37-40)

The Apostle Paul explained to the Corinthians that the truth regarding Christ was not for the intellectuals of the world or the religious hypocrites or the debaters of this age. The knowledge of God is given to those who are humble and hunger to know. For those who ask, seek, and knock, God provides the spirit of truth which illuminates the mind

3 Responses to “Do You Want to Know?”

  1. on 03 Jan 2007 at 11:02 amKen LaPrade

    I am reminded of Paul’s statement to the Athenians, “that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us.” (Acts 17: 27) Also: “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16: 9 – within an interesting context) God does not capriciously deny people the truth, as He is not a “respector of persons.” But His open doors to understand are for those who humbly and diligently seek (without a hidden carnal agenda.) “O the bliss of those who hunger and thirst for all that sets them right with God, for they shall be satisfied to the full. (Matthew 5: 6)

  2. on 30 Jan 2007 at 11:53 amCash Reynolds

    Thanks for the article Vince. More wonderful truths. My prayers often consist of requests for God to give me a heart to fear and reverence Him more and to hunger more for the things of God. I hunger to be more hungry! Can you really ever hunger and thirst for and seek after the things of God too much?
    These are also some of my favorite prayer requests that I make on the behalf of others. As your article shows, these are matters of the utmost importance. Keep up the good work!

  3. on 07 Apr 2007 at 8:33 pmJohn T.

    Vince,
    I struggle with this statement:

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    “They heard because of God’s grace and election which was offered because they had a heart for God and wanted to know.”
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    Is God’s election “offered?” I mean does God offer to choose? Jesus told the twelve that He chose them, not that they chose him (John 15:16).

    You say God will not violate free will.
    Which prophets had a choice about their calling?
    Moses asked God to send someone else.
    Jonah ran the other way.
    Saul of Tarsus was knocked down in the dirt.
    David was anointed as a lad.
    Samuel was only a child.
    Did Jesus have any options about his mission?

    God loved Jacob but hated Esau so that God’s purpose would stand according to His choice, “not because of works but because of Him who calls (Rom 9:11-13).”

    Ephesians 1:4 …just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.

    Perhaps I misunderstand the meaning of human “free will” but I wonder if the concept needs some fine tuning.

  

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