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The Knowledge That Saves (4 of 4)
Series: Experiencing the Passion
Isaiah 53: 10-12
OPEN: It was a retirement dinner and the speaker stood up and began to make remarks about the man they were honoring that night. He opened with these words:
"Tonight we honor a man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word dissemble,
who doesn’t know the meaning of the word fear,
who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit.
And so, we’ve all chipped in together… and we bought him this dictionary.
(Expect groans and then apologetically say: “he didn’t KNOW the meaning of the words…”)
APPLY: As I was preparing for the sermon this week, one phrase caught my eye in the text. Look again with me at Isaiah 53:11
“After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his KNOWLEDGE my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.”
(pause) By His Knowledge…he will justify many
I got to thinking about “knowledge” this week and it occurred to me that in the US, knowledge is highly valued.
I mean, as a United States citizen, if you look hard enough, you can find magazines and books on practically every topic imaginable. And to hold all that knowledge, our nation has public libraries and college libraries and even the Library of Congress.
If you can’t get the information you want quickly enough that way, there’s always the internet where you can find reams of information
In addition… to help people know how to utilize all this knowledge, our nation has built public schools and Universities and colleges in every state of the Union. Yes… Knowledge is highly prized in our nation.
I. Apparently, God also considers knowledge as highly valuable.
In proverbs we find:
“The lips of the wise spread knowledge…” Proverbs 15:7
“The discerning heart seeks knowledge…” Proverbs 15:14
“Wise men store up knowledge...” Proverbs 10:14
And in Proverbs 8:10 we’re advised to “Choose… knowledge rather than choice ...
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