Hebrews are Overdosing on Knowledge
Overdosing on Knowledge
So many of us come from a place in which we came to the Bible in innocence. The war-torn sheep of the Messiah came crawling into churches or into the rock-bottom situations in which we cried out unto a God that we were unsure was even there. As we bowed our knees and our hearts to the Almighty, He began to put our lives back together and even though we struggled, we sat in pews and sang hymns that made us feel welcome and described His goodness to us. Then we were called to a deeper understanding as the Father revealed His Torah to us in spectacular fashion.
The minds and hearts of those who came to this new revelation were shattered at the thought of our rebellion in His presence even as we bowed our knee to Yeshua weekly on Sunday morning. We then heard the voices from the pulpit coming against the Torah that was being actively revealed to us in our hearts and spirits. We soon felt as though we were foreigners in our own lands. The rejection of that revelation that was opening to us by those who had cared for us was a bitter experience and we left those organizations and buildings. Many times we also left families and friendships that had been peaceful for years and which we loved dearly. YHVH, as we now knew Him to be revealed, had upset the proverbial “applecart” of our lives.
As we began to listen to the teachers of the Way that were flooding the internet, many of us soon came face to face with the fact that we had been deceived in our understanding of everything related to the Bible, most of all the Torah, the Law of Moses. What we didn’t realize was that what died along with many of those relationships and with many of the misconception about Elohim, was our innocence with regard to our faith. Innocence dies the day that it meets cruelty or deception and many of us felt deceived or had been cruelly treated by those who held a Bible in their hands. What took Innocence’s place, however, was something none of us foresaw: Suspicion.
Suspicion has become a plaque among Hebrews and so many who engage in this untrusting and paranoid act will justify their behavior as being “watchmen on the wall.” What they fail to realize is that not only does a watchman on the wall look to the horizon for threats, he also looks to the horizon for the return of the King of Kings. The paranoid and conspiratorial mindsets that plague so many among are devoid of the shalom of the Spirit of YHVH. Just as the Ten Spies returned to the people of Israel carrying a blessing and a sign in their hands showing the Father’s promise was going to be exceptionally fruitful, they focused on the challenges and threats that stood before the people. In order to come to the conclusion that the ten spies and the fear mongers among us today come to is to forget the power of YHVH. So instead of realizing that the Father is bigger and more powerful than anything on this planet, they begin to conspire as to how THEY THEMSELVES can receive their own salvation or blessing.
What we have today is an untrusting people who see the “Do’s and Don’t’s” of Torah and base their eternities on whether or not THEY THEMSELVES can keep the commandments well enough to save their own skins. And so with no submission or guidance from the Spirit of YHVH, they begin to study and acquire knowledge. What they miss in their studies, however, is the warnings and pitfalls that are spoken of with a personal increase of knowledge. They read the verse from Hosea and see that YHVH prophesies:
"My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children." -- Hosea 4:6
They hold onto this verse and say to themselves that the answer for avoiding YHVH’s judgment is to acquire more and more knowledge. What they fail to read or, rather, do not apply to themselves are all the warnings about knowledge.
Romans 7:9 “I was once alive outside the framework of Torah. But when the commandment really encountered me, sin sprang to life……”
I remember when the Spirit brought the call to keep Torah to me and all of a sudden I looked at what I was doing saw all the frivolity of the holidays and practices I was keeping. I repented and stopped the keeping of the days and doctrines of men, but what I did not reconcile for many years was the knowledge of sin springing to life. I had to face my own human wretchedness in the mirror of scripture.
So then I had an insatiable hunger for YHVH’s Word. I listened to teaching after teaching from teachers who YHVH put in my path and I grew in biblical knowledge like I had never had before. I devoured CD’s and books in the hunger of knowing the Scriptures and what YHVH wanted from and for me. As I did this, I realized how little the average Christian actually knew about the Bible and how little so many of them actually study. I became a predator of those who thought they knew the Word of YHVH but actually didn’t. I fell into the trap that 1 Corinthians 8:1 described:
“….Yes, that is so, but “knowledge” puffs a person up with pride…….”
So what happens is these false brethren begin to believe in their own understanding of the Scriptures to a point that they become unteachable even by the Spirit of YHVH. They quench the Spirit to hear the validation of flesh and blood. They stop their search for truth and the search becomes about avoiding being deceived again. Suspicion is the driving force behind their search for knowledge and not a deeper relationship with the Most High YHVH.
As much as they claim to have shed the “Greek” mindset that they grew up with in the modern culture, they still believe deep down that if they know more, they will be able to save themselves. It is this endless cycle of needing more and more knowledge that leads them to teachers who, because of their bitterness toward where they were brought out of, begin to question everything that they have been given. They begin to question their witness of Yeshua and quench the voice of the Holy Spirit. This leads to the last effect of knowledge. This passage is actually the “warning label” on the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes 1:18 - Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
The increase in knowledge does not being enlightenment nor does it bring salvation. The increase in knowledge, according to the Scriptures, brings suffering. The reason it brings suffering is that the more you know about human existence and the human state, the more and more you have to face the inevitable revelation of one’s own pointless existence in the cosmic sense. We search for meaning and truth only to truly understand that human life is a vapor. Human existence is as easily withered as the grass during a dry season. So they have done the tremendous sin against the Heavenly Father by doing what Jeremiah spoke of:
Jeremiah 2: 13 - “For my people have committed two evils: they have abandoned me, the fountain of living water, and dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water!"
They have overdosed on knowledge and so die because they have exchanged the human understanding from other men for their own understanding which is STILL MAN-MADE!
Knowledge has become an idol to so many in the Hebrew Body of Messiah. Whether they mean to bow down to it or not is irrelevant. In the human body, a vitamin that is meant to bring nourishment and health can become poisonous or pointless if they means to process it and absorb it is not present. Understanding and Wisdom are needed alongside Knowledge to guide it to the proper place and for it to perform its intended purpose. Isaiah 11 speaks of Wisdom and Understanding as being from the Spirit of YHVH. Human understanding and wisdom cannot instruct us about the Divine nor lead us to counter the impulses of our flesh for the conviction of the Spirit.
So what happens when men realize they cannot demand knowledge about the wonderful mysteries of YHVH that are present in the life of Yeshua? Rather than submit to the Spirit of YHVH, they submit to the Spirit of Anti-Messiah. They cannot stand to not KNOW something about how YHVH can be both Divine and Flesh and therefore, they choose the option that brings the Divine Messiah down to a human level. This decision has nothing to do with the Scriptures. It has everything to do with these men attempting to make Yeshua fit into their own paradigms. The inevitable trap with this way of knowledge-based belief is that they will soon find themselves in the presence of a god they can fully understand. An idol. A god crafted by their own mindsets or imaginations.
When the Messiah was born in the first century, Jerusalem contained countless Torah-teachers, scribes, and priests who were well verses in the Torah. Synagogues were full and the Word of YHVH was read and taught in almost every corner of the land. Yet none of these men recognized the Word when He appeared in personhood before Him. They were more concerned about being right about their beliefs than receiving what the Messiah had to offer. This attitude and mindset is becoming more and more prevalent among us as men who pour over books and the written Word forget the Living Word who called them to begin with. While the Word of YHVH was being echoed throughout the stone streets of Jerusalem, the Living Word of YHVH strolled along those streets healing the blind, lame, and leprous.
He has provided a way for me to dwell with Him and my witness of Him will never be taken from me. He has called us to even greater things than He did and so I strive to enter in through the narrow door. I encourage you, reader of these words, to decide today who He is to you. Declare it and hold fast to it. Cling to it and don’t let go. Then when one of these people approach you with their twisted wisdom and present to you a “logical” case for why Yeshua is not the Divine Messiah, you need only ask yourself one question and one question only:
DO I HAVE A WITNESS OF HIM OR NOT?
My three pounds of gray matter between my ears can by no means fully understand the nature, or vastness of an eternal omnipotent being. Mysteries about Him will abound and we have to decide whether we can have peace with that aspect of walking with Him. He knows things that we simply cannot know and He understands things which we simply cannot understand. No amount of study or scholarly work will remove the mysteries of YHVH’s nature that are far above us. That’s what makes Him Divine and Wonderful.
It is time for us to separate ourselves from the Great Apostasy happening among us, my fellow bondservants of Yeshua. Shake the dust off of your feet, let the dead bury their own dead, and ask the Father for fellowship with not only Yeshua, but those who have taken up their execution stake and are following Him. Let us not be the generation that Isaiah spoke of and Yeshua quoted about His generation:
Matthew 15: 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.”
1 Corinthians 15: 1-6 “Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, and by which you are being saved — provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain. For among the first things I passed on to you was what I also received, namely this: the Messiah died for our sins, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was buried; and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with what the Tanakh says; and he was seen by Kefa, then by the Twelve; and afterwards he was seen by more than five hundred brothers at one time, the majority of whom are still alive, though some have died.”
HOLD FAST TO THE MESSAGE!
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