From Mathew chapter 1 to 10, we see a John the Baptist “vigorously and Confidently” declaring Jesus as Lord and Saviour but in Mathew 11 we see a “doubtful and confused” John The Baptist now in prison sending one of his disciples to ask Jesus whether He is truly the messiah to come. Apparently John didn’t understand the full Salvation Package like many of us and like also Paul said in 1st Corinthians 13.9 “For we know in part and prophesied in part”
Proverbs 10:14 says;
“Wise men lay-up knowledge…”
Proverbs 13:16 says;
“Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge…”
Proverbs 15:14 says;
“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge…”
Proverbs 17:27 says;
“He that hath knowledge spareth his words and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit”
Proverbs 19:2 says;
“Also that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good…”
Proverbs 23:12 says;
“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge”
Ecclesiastes 2:26 says;
“For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom and knowledge and joy…”
1st Corinthians 1:5 says;
“That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance and in all knowledge”
Colossians 1:9 says;
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”
What is knowledge?
“ It is the acquisition of facts, idea and concepts through mediums of study, observation and perception done with or within an analytical pursuit and deductional ends to achieve a set of perceptions backed with proofs”(simplified definition by me)
The following scriptures described John the Baptist;
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness….”
And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan”
From the descriptions above about John the Baptist, he never had any formal or informal opportunity to study or be trained in the “TORAH”. John never entered into the synagogue to read the scriptures or have the scripture read to him. He was mostly unschooled and unlearned. He knew a messiah will come but by the scriptures he didn’t know the qualities and characteristics of this messiah which are contained in the Torah. He never saw the Torah, never read the Torah. He was in the wilderness as prophesied and his “Destiny” was to be the “For-runner” to Jesus.
But Jesus, although is the WORD of God himself (through whom the world is created) on the other hand was constantly in the synagogue and always hearing the scriptures and reading the scriptures himself…Luke 4:16
“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias, and when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”
But Jesus response to the disciples of John was “kind” and “considerate” in Mathew 11:6:
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me”
And reassured them in Matthew 11:4-5: thus
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them”.
Why was Jesus kind and considerate to answering John’s disciples? I believe because He knew John lacked the knowledge of who He truly was and this was only because he never had access to the scriptures; the Torah. He knew John’s knowledge was limited and had passed same to his disciples. He understood that John could not have had access to the Torah because of John’s destiny and location in life.
So the question; what about us? Will God show such kindness and consideration to us too when we display such lack of understanding and lack of knowledge?
“and the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent”
2nd Timothy 2:15
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightfully dividing the word of truth”
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success”
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night
“I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings
All these scriptures and more answers the question above. Do not be ignorant, get knowledge and understanding so you don’t allow Satan make you question God to the point where you get “offended” with/in God because of unanswered expectations/prayers.
If you are already at the cross road of questioning and doubting God which is getting you offended in Him, PLEASE STOP AND DON’T BE.
You feel disappointed because you do not understand or lack knowledge of the full salvation package, neither do I … 1st Corinthian 13: 12 “ For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; then shall I know even as also I am known” but study God’s word like in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
Study God’s Word (The Bible) consistently and meditatively also with prayers that the Holy Spirit of God will reveal the truth of every word you read and Your salvation package for 2017 shall include but not limited to “peace and God’s -Promises(Word)-Fulfilled” in Jesus name.
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