One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
This was Sunday I was watching Covenant Church online. The early service. They had a guest pastor; Pastor Gordon (I didn’t catch his last name). He was talking about wisdom. We had told a friend of ours we would visit his church on Sunday. So I was getting ready and listening with only one ear. I didn’t catch everything that was said.
However, the message at the church we visited was also about wisdom. One thing I do not believe in is “coincidences”. This was certainly a case of “out of the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter shall be established”. God was telling me something.
The passage that was read was from Isaiah…actually one of my favorite prayers. It was already underlined in red.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
I did a study once on Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. They are almost always linked together. Where you find one, you will usually find at least one of the others. Read Proverbs.
And to man He said,‘ Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.
My mouth shall speak wisdom,And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
The fear of the Lord (respect, reverence) is the beginning of Wisdom. Knowledge is information. Understanding is application. You can have knowledge without understanding. You can have wisdom without knowledge and without understanding. It is highly unlikely that you will have Understanding (application) without Wisdom and Knowledge. Understanding (applied knowledge) requires Wisdom. Understanding (application) requires Wisdom and Knowledge. This is the reason people can attend church for years and NOT grow spiritually…something is lacking. Maybe they aren’t gaining knowledge. Maybe they aren’t being taught. Maybe they have not been taught to fear of the Lord (reverence and submit to God).
No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, God promises us this:
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.