True Knowledge of Self

Knowledge Of Self Concepts, Part 2

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Dwayne Lemon (Host), Lance Wilbur


Series Code: TKS

Program Code: TKS000006

00:31 Hello, my name is Dwayne Lemon. And I'm Lance Wilbur.
00:34 And we'd like to welcome you to TKS,
00:37 a True Knowledge of Self,
00:39 where we get to know ourselves from a Biblical perspective.
00:42 We wanna welcome you all to our session today
00:44 where we're gonna be picking back up
00:46 from where we left off in our last session
00:48 where we were talking about
00:50 what are these ideas about knowledge of self,
00:53 true knowledge of self.
00:54 What does this mean? How do they gel together?
00:57 Do they gel together?
00:58 And we've been going over this
00:59 and we've been looking at it from the Word of God.
01:01 And we've seen amazing things from His Word.
01:04 We were able to discover that according to Ezekiel 28
01:09 that God created a being by the name of Lucifer,
01:12 which meant light bearer.
01:14 And Lucifer as a result of looking upon himself
01:17 and exalting himself,
01:19 he found himself at odds or at variance with God.
01:23 He became God's enemy
01:24 and that's how he earned the name Satan.
01:27 And then he began to slander God
01:29 and that's how he earned the name Devil.
01:31 And we saw that it was through self-exaltation.
01:34 Lucifer was not content
01:35 with the gifts and the abilities that he had,
01:37 but he wanted to go ahead
01:38 and try to exalt himself,
01:40 not even as God but above God, the Bible says.
01:44 And we were reviewing that in Isaiah 14:12-14
01:48 and we saw incredible things from the Word of God.
01:51 And Brother Lance and I were going through these things
01:54 just to see the mindset of Satan
01:57 and then seeing how this mindset was transitioning
02:00 into the minds of people
02:02 especially through this concept of knowledge of self,
02:05 where individuals now are thinking that
02:07 they are Gods,
02:08 and that they are above the things that are of God.
02:11 And this is where we left off
02:13 and we wanna pick right back up on that again.
02:15 Lance, we wanna, of course, be thankful unto the Lord
02:17 for being back for another session.
02:18 Indeed.
02:20 And we're gonna pretty much pick right back up
02:21 where we left off,
02:23 you were explaining, very powerfully,
02:24 how we were looking at Ezekiel 28: 14-17,
02:27 and Isaiah 14:12-14,
02:29 and we were looking at the Bible
02:31 seeing this characteristic of Lucifer
02:33 who became Satan and the Devil.
02:36 And now we were kind of transitioning
02:38 what we saw his mindset
02:39 but his mindset started to become manifested
02:42 into the minds and hearts of people.
02:44 So I wanted you to go ahead and pick right back up on that
02:46 so we can build in this session on that very thought.
02:48 Okay.
02:49 There is a verse that we found that kind of highlights this.
02:52 It's all throughout the Bible.
02:54 The Bible is constantly
02:55 and that's another thing that spoke to me
02:57 about the reality and the truth of the Bible
02:59 is that it doesn't just highlight the good things
03:04 about the characters that are found in it.
03:06 It highlights the wickedness of man as well,
03:09 and it shows the contrast
03:11 between righteousness and wickedness
03:13 and that each man, no matter how great,
03:15 has the potential of success or failure in God's sight.
03:18 That's right.
03:20 So Isaiah 47:10, and I'm gonna read that for us.
03:24 In Isaiah 47:10 and I think it kind of summarizes
03:28 what we're dealing with,
03:30 the idea that this corruption
03:33 that began in the heart of Lucifer
03:35 that we'll talk about in future programs
03:37 that transferred to humanity in the very beginning
03:42 now is being perpetuated throughout humanity
03:45 and that same self-exaltation can be found there.
03:48 So I'm gonna read now Isaiah 47:10, it says,
03:53 "For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness.
03:57 Thou hast said, none seeth me.
04:00 Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee.
04:03 And thou hast said in thine heart, I am,
04:07 and none else beside me."
04:10 Now we have individuals with a certain wisdom
04:13 and a certain knowledge
04:15 but that certain wisdom and knowledge perverted them.
04:17 So just because you call it wisdom,
04:19 or just because you call it knowledge,
04:21 or just because you call it understanding or overstanding,
04:24 it doesn't mean that it comes from God.
04:25 That's right.
04:27 And I think that's the crucial thing,
04:28 the fundamental thing that we have to understand.
04:29 Just because you're wise,
04:31 it doesn't mean you're godly or righteous.
04:33 Well, a good example of that
04:34 is when you go right back to Ezekiel 28.
04:36 Yeah.
04:37 Because Ezekiel 28 acknowledges the fact that Satan,
04:40 he never ever lost wisdom.
04:42 Right.
04:44 It says that his wisdom became corrupted.
04:46 So he still had wisdom but now the gift that came from God,
04:50 which was designed to give glory to God,
04:52 that gift now was corrupted because it was...
04:55 All the focus of the gifts were not designed
04:57 to give glory to God anymore.
04:58 Those focus or those gifts was now
05:00 to bring glory to oneself.
05:01 So we see that when an individual
05:03 is gifted with skill, talent, or ability, wisdom,
05:06 whatever it maybe,
05:07 when an individual no longer uses that skill, talent,
05:10 or ability to help people know of the creator,
05:13 to help them know this is the one
05:14 who gave these things to me...
05:16 To direct them to God, not themselves.
05:17 That's right.
05:19 Once they fall into that situation,
05:20 it becomes another corruption of wisdom as well.
05:23 And this is exactly what we're seeing
05:24 taking place through the concepts
05:26 of knowledge of self.
05:27 Right.
05:28 And it also, you know,
05:30 summarizes the fact that individual,
05:31 the humanity here,
05:32 God's people have set in their hearts,
05:35 I am and there is none else beside me.
05:36 Well, we know that,
05:38 that's what God says about Himself,
05:39 "I'm and there is none like me."
05:41 Right? That's right.
05:42 But now we have an individuals saying,
05:43 "I am and there is none beside me."
05:45 That's right.
05:46 And the idea of a created being
05:50 claiming the prerogatives of God
05:53 is the highest offense, if you will,
05:57 that scripture outlines.
05:59 That's right.
06:00 The idea that you are God, or can be God,
06:02 or greater than the God of creation.
06:05 That's right.
06:07 So there is also many cases in the Bible
06:10 where you have individuals that are highlighted
06:11 that express this self-exaltation.
06:15 So in my mind I think of Nebuchadnezzar,
06:18 and we'll be talking about him in future programs.
06:21 But Nebuchadnezzar was an individual
06:23 who eventually got to the point where he renovated,
06:26 or resurrected Babylon, it became Neo-Babylon,
06:31 and when we say "Babylon"
06:32 all kinds of images pop into people's minds.
06:35 You know, Babylon is a town that still exists
06:36 but at this point under Nebuchadnezzar's reign
06:39 and that become the most prominent,
06:41 the greatest super power on the planet,
06:43 and the most beautiful city, capital city, if you will,
06:46 that exists and one of the wonders of the world,
06:48 the gates, the walls.
06:49 In fact, museums are still fields the greatest museums
06:52 have artifacts, and some of these gates,
06:55 and some of these reconstructions from Babylon.
06:58 That's right.
06:59 And one day the Bible talks about
07:00 and we'll be highlighting that,
07:02 but it talks about how he went out one day
07:03 and looked, you know, perhaps on a balcony
07:06 and oversaw the city and said,
07:09 "Is this not great Babylon that I have built?"
07:12 Now this is after he learned that God is the one
07:14 who removes kings and sets up kings.
07:17 And God is the one who gives wisdom to the wise
07:19 and all these things that we'll be talking about,
07:21 but he said I, and he fell in to his great crisis.
07:26 That's right.
07:27 Another individual King Herod, after the death of Christ,
07:32 these individuals became kind of, they felt empowered,
07:36 they felt, you know, a hardening against the truth,
07:41 and now that they were able to kill Christ, well,
07:43 now they're gonna go out and kill His followers.
07:45 And so he arrested the Apostle Peter,
07:48 and the Apostle James,
07:49 he executes James, cuts his head off
07:52 and then he orders the execution of Peter.
07:55 And he goes out in between kind of in this transition,
07:58 the people are gathered, and he goes out
07:59 and gives this great speech or whatever you wanna call it,
08:02 he preaches a sermon or what have you.
08:04 And the people said this was the voice of God
08:06 and not of a man.
08:08 And it says that he gave not God the glory,
08:11 he accepted that worship, if you will,
08:13 and accepted the prerogatives of God upon himself
08:15 and he dropped dead, right on the spot.
08:17 It says the angel of the Lord came and he dropped dead.
08:20 So we have a case, every single time in scripture,
08:24 where somebody catches that disease, if you will,
08:26 that mindset or accepts the ideology
08:28 or the philosophy that Lucifer had
08:31 that "I am and there is none else besides me"
08:35 that it leads to destruction every time.
08:37 So, I'm gonna ask you now as we move forward,
08:41 we talked about some of the negativity
08:43 and I'm gonna, you know, transition,
08:44 I'll highlight another verse or two
08:47 but I want you after these to kind of share
08:49 what the Bible says is the true knowledge of self.
08:52 That's right.
08:53 In other words, we're not just gonna spend time
08:54 highlighting the error and highlighting the error.
08:56 The Bible has something to say about the true,
08:58 it doesn't just point fingers
09:00 and then not provide a way to escape.
09:02 So we'll talk about that.
09:04 I wanna now transition kind of to the Book of Proverbs
09:06 and highlight a couple of verses
09:08 or at least one verse there
09:09 and then again I'll ask you that question.
09:12 No problem.
09:13 So I wanna turn now to Proverbs 16,
09:16 and we're gonna look at verse 25.
09:19 Proverbs 16:25
09:23 and I'm gonna read that for us here.
09:26 And in Proverbs 16:25 again it speaks to this subject,
09:32 I think most profoundly.
09:34 It says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man,
09:39 but the end thereof are the ways of death."
09:42 So what that tells me is just because something is logical
09:46 or just because something is apparently factual.
09:50 Some of the ways that you would leverage yourself
09:54 against Christians or against the individuals
09:57 the deaf, dumb, and blind as, you know,
09:59 associated with these religious aspects,
10:01 and other side of the hip-hop culture.
10:03 You would leverage yourself against people
10:05 by just spitting out facts, random facts.
10:08 You know, the sun is 99 million miles away
10:12 and, you know, all of these random facts.
10:15 You know, the body is two-thirds water, you know,
10:18 some people would say three quarters.
10:20 There is all different random facts.
10:21 Speaking several different languages.
10:22 Yeah.
10:24 You would start breaking down the Greek and the Hebrew.
10:25 And you would start just
10:27 spitting out these random facts,
10:28 and you would try to overwhelm people
10:30 with random knowledge.
10:32 So the people go, wow. Wow. Yeah.
10:33 So this brother knows these things.
10:35 Yeah. He must know the rest.
10:37 And then you would use that kind of as hook
10:40 and then once you get people kind of enamored
10:41 with your knowledge, you would then now say,
10:45 now let me tell you the real reason
10:47 why we're talking here.
10:49 And that was attractive and probably still is.
10:53 And some of the things were factual,
10:55 some of the things were true,
10:57 and some of things were logical,
10:58 but some of the things were absolutely wrong,
11:00 you know, facts and figures.
11:02 So just because it's logical, just because it seems right,
11:05 doesn't mean it is right.
11:07 And there has to be a standard that says this is right,
11:09 and this is wrong, it can't just be a human being.
11:11 That's correct.
11:12 As a human being you can't, you know, Bible says,
11:14 "Put not your trust in man or in princess."
11:16 You can't trust human beings that we'll be looking at
11:21 when we go to this next verse in Jeremiah.
11:23 Human beings have a problem.
11:25 You know, I'm gonna be honest with you.
11:27 Sometimes, you know, I meet people and we talk
11:30 and not everything is always connected
11:31 to the hip-hop culture
11:33 'cause this issue of sin and confusion
11:35 and everything has affected all cultures.
11:37 It doesn't matter whether it's hip-hop or not.
11:39 Nevertheless, because we come from this background
11:41 with the hip-hop culture, we stress it.
11:44 Nevertheless, here is what I'm thinking.
11:46 You meet people that
11:47 when they do not have anything
11:50 that is an absolute truth to help guide them
11:52 in the day-to-day decisions of life,
11:54 then what happens is we have a natural tendency
11:56 to follow our own heart of what we think is right.
11:59 And I remember, I spoke with someone about that.
12:02 You know, they even use God, "They said God know my heart.
12:04 God knows my heart."
12:06 And I said, "You know what, you're right,
12:07 God does know your heart.
12:08 And God knows your heart so well, He wrote about it."
12:10 But before I even took them to the same text
12:11 you've taken us to in Jeremiah 17,
12:13 I asked them a question
12:14 because I knew that once we go to Jeremiah 17,
12:16 I really want this thing to hit them forcefully.
12:19 What I did was I said, "Let me ask you something.
12:21 If you're just one day at home relaxing,
12:24 and enjoying your day, and then somebody rings your door bell,
12:27 and when they ring your door bell
12:28 they ask if they can come in your house,
12:30 and they said, hello.
12:31 But before they wanted to come in your house they say this,
12:34 "Hello, I'm deceitful above all things
12:39 and I'm a desperately wicked person.
12:41 Can I please come in your house?"
12:42 Right.
12:44 And then I asked them, "Would you let that person in?"
12:45 And they look at me like I'm crazy.
12:46 Of course, not.
12:48 I said, "What if they said, hi,
12:50 I'm deceitful and desperately wicked,
12:53 will you trust me?
12:54 Right. Would you trust that person?"
12:56 No. Answer is absolutely not.
12:58 I said, okay.
12:59 But, yet you're saying that when you go about the decisions
13:01 that you make day-by-day in life,
13:03 you said that you follow your heart,
13:04 you follow your natural inclinations.
13:06 Well, here is what the Book of Jeremiah 17 says.
13:08 So why don't you turn there now 'cause I believe that this is
13:11 what's gonna really help bring this point out
13:13 because clearly a person, if someone admitted,
13:17 I'm deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,
13:19 will you please trust me?
13:21 Any thinking person is gonna say, "No way.
13:23 It's not gonna happen."
13:25 But nevertheless, look at what the Bible says
13:26 about the human heart.
13:29 Absolutely, Jeremiah 17:9 and we're gonna read that
13:33 and see what the Bible says.
13:35 It says, "The heart is deceitful above all things
13:40 and desperately wicked, who can know it?"
13:44 And it's a rhetorical question
13:45 because God answers it later on.
13:47 He says, "I, the Lord, search the heart.
13:49 I know it."
13:51 That's right. So we cannot even imagine.
13:54 We look at the news, you know, the clips and the headlines.
13:58 And, you know, you click on a headline
14:01 and you read the story
14:02 and you can imagine in some cases,
14:04 I can imagine some of things that I read about in the news.
14:07 As this person did that, that person did this,
14:09 and we don't wanna highlight all those things.
14:11 But nevertheless,
14:13 there's things that go on in our world,
14:15 in our society,
14:16 there's documentaries out there,
14:18 there's things, this things that we don't even consider
14:20 that are happening in our cities,
14:22 under our noses, all around us,
14:24 in other countries that would shock us.
14:27 You know, it would completely shock us.
14:29 And we think how far can depravity,
14:34 how far can that moral decay go?
14:36 How able is the human mind to become corrupted?
14:40 And that root corruption is that self-exaltation.
14:43 And as you mentioned, I just wanna highlight,
14:46 you know, 'cause we're talking,
14:48 we're focusing on hip-hop culture,
14:50 again because that's where we came from.
14:53 But every single culture, as you said,
14:55 is infected with the disease.
14:57 That's right.
14:58 Because, you know, even if we look at the education side
15:00 and we'll be talking about that,
15:02 and the philosophical side,
15:03 and we look at, you know,
15:04 Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great.
15:07 And you look at the lineage of that Hellenistic, you know,
15:10 Greco-Roman philosophy,
15:11 or you look at the Egyptian culture
15:13 and that stream of philosophy,
15:15 and even the Babylonian culture and that stream of philosophy,
15:18 and every other culture has this concept
15:21 and this idea that "I can obtain enough knowledge,
15:25 and enough information,
15:27 and apply that knowledge through wisdom
15:31 to the point where I don't need a God."
15:32 That's right.
15:33 "I don't need a power greater than myself
15:35 because there is no power greater than myself."
15:37 That's right.
15:38 And we see that everywhere
15:39 and now we see it even ingrained in little kids,
15:41 little kids are naturally inclined
15:44 to please themselves and not others.
15:46 That's right.
15:48 So it's not just relegated to hip-hop culture
15:51 but it's highlighted, profoundly in hip-hop culture,
15:54 and hip-hop culture is everywhere.
15:57 That's right. It's everywhere.
15:59 Any commercial corporate world,
16:03 everybody is tapping into this popular aspect,
16:06 the most popular aspect of our culture right now.
16:08 It's in everything, in sports, in politics, it's globally.
16:12 Even back in the '90s,
16:14 my producer and my DJ, his friend,
16:17 his close friend was an individual
16:19 who passed away the X-Ecutioners, Roc Raida.
16:24 He was doing shows in Iran, you know, back in the '90s.
16:29 Hip-hop shows, a DJ not just a DJ
16:32 doing turntables is pertinent scratching
16:35 in Iran...
16:36 That's right.
16:37 I remember, this goes way by, this is in the '90s
16:40 and I went to a club
16:41 it was called the Palladium in Manhattan
16:43 and we saw these guys dancing and,
16:45 you know, dance is always going,
16:47 and they size each other up.
16:48 You know, they kind of look at the other guy just to say,
16:50 okay, 'cause I'mma battle him.
16:51 And when we saw these guys and they had dreadlocks,
16:53 so naturally we said, okay,
16:54 they're probably Rastafarians or something
16:56 and they were just dancing on the floor.
16:58 But in the clubs you can't always see the people's face
17:00 but you can see the images and so on.
17:02 So I'm seeing these dreadlocks, I'm seeing these guys dance
17:04 and they're moving with incredible rhythm,
17:06 and I'm watching them dance,
17:08 and I'm thinking these guys are pretty good.
17:09 Later on, when the lights come on in the club,
17:13 all of these guys who were dancing with the dreadlocks
17:16 they were all from Japan, they were all Japanese.
17:20 And I remember, looking at them and I said...
17:22 They could barely speak English very well but nevertheless
17:25 they were saying, "Oh, yeah, we're from Japan."
17:26 And I said, "There is hip-hop in Japan?"
17:29 'Cause, you know, this, again, this is like 1989, 1990.
17:31 And I said, "There is hip-hop in Japan?
17:33 And they were like.
17:34 "Oh, yeah, we have clubs, everything."
17:36 And that was kind of like my first time opening up,
17:38 realizing hip-hop is really penetrating the world,
17:41 it's not just something that's in little America,
17:44 it's all over the place.
17:45 So, you know, they called it in the '80s,
17:47 they called it a fab,
17:48 but now it's the predominant culture.
17:50 So, you know, this is why we're gonna be harping on it
17:52 to some degree.
17:54 But I wanna now again ask you the question,
17:55 I asked you earlier,
17:57 but we talked about the problems,
17:59 we talked about how the Bible exposes
18:01 this false knowledge of self.
18:03 What does the Bible say about the true knowledge of self,
18:06 does the Bible say anything?
18:07 Well, you know, it's interesting.
18:08 When you think about true knowledge of self, right?
18:11 We're still talking about ourselves
18:13 but instead of having a false knowledge,
18:15 we now wanna have a true knowledge,
18:17 we wanna have a right understanding
18:18 of who am I?
18:19 Where is my position? Where do I fit?
18:21 The Bible speaks in marvelous language
18:25 about the idea of knowledge
18:27 and being able to understand various things,
18:30 but the ultimate knowledge
18:32 that God wants to impart to men,
18:34 if I had to single it out in one verse,
18:35 I would take everyone to John 17:3.
18:39 In John 17:3 it says, it's so clearly
18:43 that I don't believe anyone can miss it,
18:44 and this is the purpose of knowledge.
18:47 It says, "And this is life eternal,
18:52 that they might know that's knowledge,
18:55 they might know, " it says, "and this is life eternal,
18:59 that they might know thee the only true God,
19:03 and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."
19:06 All knowledge, all true education
19:10 is designed to bring us to an understanding
19:12 of God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.
19:17 This is the key focus of knowledge
19:20 and you find that when Israel was taught knowledge,
19:22 even when they would learn things like agriculture.
19:24 Agriculture was always designed to bring people back to God
19:27 so while they could understand things about nature,
19:29 they could also understand things about God.
19:31 So by no means it's true education,
19:33 or obtaining of Biblical knowledge,
19:36 it's not negating
19:37 the importance of the temporal life
19:39 and understanding the things that we have to do.
19:41 But even the things in temporal life
19:43 have a way that it can point us back to God.
19:44 Yeah.
19:46 I use agriculture because that's what Jesus used, often,
19:47 He would use agriculture as a model,
19:50 a great example of that.
19:51 When a person would work in agriculture
19:53 and they would notice trees,
19:54 they would notice there's something different
19:56 about the evergreen from every other tree.
19:57 Right.
19:59 And the fact is that an evergreen stays green
20:01 all the time.
20:03 Yeah.
20:04 Where all these other trees, at different times,
20:05 they go through their various changes
20:07 and fading and so on and so forth.
20:08 Well, obviously that would help us
20:09 to understand Malachi 3:6
20:11 when God says,
20:12 "I am the Lord and I change not."
20:14 Right.
20:15 So every time I see the evergreen tree
20:17 that doesn't change
20:19 it would remind me God is God and He doesn't change.
20:22 So even when bad things happen in life
20:24 and all these things,
20:25 I can remember God is God and He doesn't change,
20:27 He's like that evergreen tree, He stays the same all the time.
20:29 It's good to know that there's somebody
20:31 that does not change
20:32 with every wind of doctrine that blows.
20:33 That's right.
20:35 It's good to know that there's somebody
20:36 that doesn't change
20:38 whenever circumstances in life change.
20:39 God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
20:40 Right.
20:42 So it was like even when people learn knowledge
20:44 from a temporal standpoint,
20:45 they were able to still take the knowledge,
20:48 and it was designed to point them back to God
20:50 in some shape, form, or size.
20:51 And the Bible promises,
20:53 thou will keep him in perfect peace,
20:56 whose mind is stayed on thee.
20:58 And that's the benefit of true education.
21:01 Now when an individual gains a knowledge of God
21:05 and they understand His purity, they understand His character,
21:08 they understand His wisdom, they understand His love,
21:10 they understand His grace, they understand His mercy,
21:13 something happens.
21:14 I wanna use an example, I'm in Isaiah 6.
21:16 Okay. Because in Isaiah 6.
21:19 I believe it's very powerful of what this does
21:21 because Isaiah went through an experience
21:23 that I know I've been through it
21:25 and through know, I know you went through it.
21:26 Yeah.
21:27 But there's a lot of people
21:29 who still need this and this is what it is.
21:30 In Isaiah 6, I'm gonna start at verse 1
21:33 and we're going to take it down to verse 8, Isaiah 6:1-8,
21:38 here's what the Bible says,
21:39 "In the year that King Uzziah died,
21:41 I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne,
21:44 high and lifted up,
21:45 and His train filled the temple.
21:46 Above it stood the Seraphims,
21:48 each one had six wings with twain he covered his face,
21:50 and with twain he covered His feet
21:52 and with twain He did fly."
21:54 It says, "And one cried unto another,
21:56 and said, holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts,
21:59 the whole earth is full of His glory,
22:02 and the posts of the door
22:03 moved at the voice of Him that cried,
22:05 and the house was filled with smoke.
22:07 Then said I, woe is me!
22:11 For I am undone
22:13 because I am a man of unclean lips,
22:15 and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips,
22:18 for mine eyes have seen the King,
22:22 the Lord of hosts.
22:23 Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me,
22:25 having a live coal in his hand,
22:26 which He had taken with the tongs
22:28 from off the altar,
22:29 and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo,
22:31 this hath touched thy lips
22:33 and thine iniquity is taken away,
22:35 and thy sin purged.
22:37 Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
22:39 whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
22:41 Then said I, here am I, send me."
22:47 Isaiah is a servant of God.
22:49 When you read Isaiah 1-5,
22:53 literally 8 times Isaiah looks at Israel and says,
22:57 "Woe to you all."
22:58 Woe, woe, woe.
22:59 In other words you guys all messed up,
23:01 there's something wrong with you,
23:02 you're going off the path of God.
23:04 He's woeing them.
23:05 But in Isaiah 6,
23:07 it is as if Isaiah is seeing God in a way
23:10 that he's never seen Him before.
23:12 He's gaining a knowledge of God that he never had before.
23:17 And as he beholds God in his purity, in his majesty,
23:22 in his glory, it causes Isaiah
23:25 to make a better estimate about himself and he says,
23:30 "Woe is me, because I am undone.
23:34 I'm a man of unclean lips,
23:35 and I'm in the midst of a people of unclean lips."
23:38 It was through beholding God
23:39 and having a right knowledge of Him,
23:42 that Isaiah was able to have a right knowledge of himself.
23:46 And this is the concept of a true knowledge of self.
23:48 Yeah.
23:49 A true knowledge of self helps us see,
23:50 woe was me.
23:52 When I compare myself to man...
23:53 Oh, yeah, there always be something
23:54 that I can say above and beyond myself
23:56 about the next man.
23:57 But when I compare myself to God,
23:59 when I begin to see God,
24:01 and when I begin to see Jesus Christ
24:02 in His character and in His purity,
24:04 it helps me see how much I'm unlike Him,
24:06 and how much I need to be like Him.
24:09 So that by the grace of God
24:10 when Jesus comes I can be with Him.
24:12 And this is the design of true knowledge of self.
24:16 Yeah.
24:17 It is designed to help us
24:18 get a clear picture of who God is,
24:20 His character, His love, and His grace,
24:21 and as I behold that character,
24:24 then by beholding I become changed.
24:27 And then I now have a right estimation of myself,
24:29 who am I to glory about anything that I have?
24:31 Yeah.
24:32 God is the one that gave me my talent,
24:33 as He's the one that gave me my abilities.
24:35 How can I boast or brag about anything?
24:36 Right, so it's not a drudgery, it's not slavery,
24:39 it's not mental slavery, it's a relationship.
24:41 That's right.
24:43 And so it's a benefit for me to observe God
24:46 and see myself for who I truly am
24:48 and acknowledge the fact that God wants greater for me.
24:50 That's right.
24:51 That God designed me to be like Him.
24:54 He didn't design me to be who I am now,
24:56 He designed me to be like Him, His son and daughter, royalty.
25:00 So there is power, there is heritage,
25:02 there is prestige in following God.
25:04 It's not servitude and slavery? That's right.
25:07 And always remember with knowledge
25:08 always comes wisdom.
25:09 And the question is, well, what is wisdom?
25:11 We can define it lots of ways
25:13 but I like to let the Bible define it.
25:14 In Deuteronomy 4,
25:16 we get one of the clearest Biblical examples
25:18 of what wisdom is.
25:20 And I love to look at it
25:21 and I want to go ahead and read it.
25:22 We're in Deuteronomy 4,
25:24 we're just gonna look at verses 5 and 6.
25:25 Okay. And here's what it says.
25:26 It says, "Behold I have taught you statutes and judgments,
25:30 even as the Lord my God commanded me
25:34 that you should do
25:36 so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
25:37 Keep therefore and do them, for this is your wisdom,
25:44 and your understanding in the sight of the nations
25:47 which shall hear all these statues, and say,
25:49 surely this great nation is a wise
25:51 and understanding people.
25:53 So it's not just a observing or a studying, it's a doing?
25:57 That's right.
25:58 And that's highlighted throughout scripture.
26:00 That's right.
26:01 And the Bible says in the Book of James,
26:02 it tells us,
26:04 "Blessed are the doers of the word."
26:05 Right.
26:07 So it becomes imperative that we understand
26:08 that God has called us to, number one,
26:10 understand who He is, by understanding who He is,
26:13 I can get a better understanding
26:15 of who I am.
26:16 Yes.
26:18 And then when I understand who I am,
26:19 then I'm going to access God
26:20 because all I can say about me is, woe is me.
26:22 There's nothing great, marvelous, and fantastic
26:24 that I can look at myself and say great I Am.
26:27 And then in my humility I go to God and say,
26:29 "Lord, come into my heart
26:31 so that your greatness can be lived out within me."
26:33 And when I begin to practice the things
26:35 that God has called me to do through Him
26:37 giving me power to do it, I am humble,
26:40 there is no point of self-glorification,
26:42 there is no wisdom
26:43 that I can boast or brag about of myself,
26:45 all glory goes to God.
26:48 So, essentially the Bible defines
26:51 true knowledge of self?
26:52 That's right.
26:54 And it's contrasted to a false knowledge of self.
26:56 That's right.
26:57 So there is a difference
26:58 and the Bible makes it very plain.
27:01 So I believe there's another verse
27:02 that highlights that
27:03 and if you could read that for us?
27:05 Well, it's in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7.
27:09 And here's what it says, 2 Corinthians 4:6-7,
27:12 "For God, who commanded the light
27:13 to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
27:15 to give the light of the knowledge
27:17 of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
27:19 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels
27:22 that the Excellency of the power of God
27:24 may be of God, and not of us."
27:29 So we have to recognize that it's of God and not of us.
27:35 We want to consider these things
27:36 and know that the Bible is clear
27:39 and highlights this true knowledge of self.
27:42 We're gonna continue to delve into these things.
27:45 We thank you for viewing and we invite you to come back,
27:48 and we want you to remember in Proverbs 2:6,
27:53 "It's the Lord that gives wisdom
27:55 and out of His mouth,
27:57 comes knowledge and understanding."
27:59 God bless you and we hope to see you again.


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