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July 10, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again

Daily Reading: Psalm 133-139


Psalm 135:5

For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.


Knowing things is different from thinking things. A person may think that they could earn a living playing golf on a professional level. But they know they cannot even shoot par on a championship course. Someone may think that they at sixty-five can still work like they did in their twenties or thirties, but they know they can’t. Yes, that which a person believes is sometimes in opposition with what they know.


The psalmist states clearly something that is known. For I know that the LORD is great. In life there are some things that must be known; we must know them. Just take an inventory about the things that are known, make a list, probably each person knows more than they think they do.  Things about this life and the living of it. Also, list all the things known about the Lord God of the universe. How much is known of Him? There are things about Him that cannot be known, but there are also many things about Him we can know.


For instance, just in the book of Psalms, it is stated five times that the Lord made heaven and earth. These five instances coupled with all other statements that are sprinkled across the pages of God’s Holy Word causes the reader to know that God is the Creator. In the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) the same phrase is used …that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins… these are things that each person can know.


That which we know is not innately obtained. It’s not like we are driving down the road and suddenly knowledge just enters into our mind. There has to be an outside teacher, influencer, or pastor, to impart knowledge into our minds. Remember Cornelius in the book of Acts? There was something he didn’t know, yet an angel came to him and told him to find Peter and Peter would give him the information that he needed, wanted, to know. He sent messengers to Peter, the apostle came to Cornelius, preached Christ to him, and he and others came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior.


Every person that knows the multiplication tables knows them because a teacher compelled their students to know them. They rehearsed the multiplication tables with the students, tested them allowing the student to know the ones they were missing, and continually drilled them into the minds of the students. Common everyday life is made more difficult by not knowing the multiplication tables. Likewise, common everyday life is made more difficult by not knowing that which Cornelius did not know, which was the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.


I John 5:13 states clearly: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Truths like this one that can be known, must first be taught. Herein is the number one issue with individuals that think that church is not important. Church, Bible believing and teaching churches, are the only institution in the world deputed of God to teach and preach the knowledge of the Bible. Without churches interjecting God’s Word into society through their preaching and teaching efforts who would? Governments? Homes? Corporations? These have not been given the responsibility of being the pillar and ground of the truth of the Scriptures. According to I Timothy 3:15 that is the role of a church. The more that individuals stay out of, fall away from, and reject attending church the less likely they will grow to know the things they need to know from Scripture. Things like The LORD is great.


Dr. William T. Howe


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