“Our Limited Knowledge”
Study as we might, we humans have limited knowledge. This can easily be proven by watching Jeopardy. If you want to feel humbled, watch how Ken Jennings and others have answered questions, questions that make my head spin. (well really, they ask a question, but you know what I mean ).
A few months ago, Jeopardy brought back the contestants who had won the most money on the show and pitted them against each other.
I did not see that but imagine the display of knowledge was quite impressive.
Please read the following verses and add to your knowledge.
18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
So what knowledge did you glean?
1. As we get older, we will need help and will not always like the help we are given. It reads like we will become childlike again, needing people to dress us, perhaps feed us. If you think this is not true, I invite you to visit those who live in places of eldercare if we can ever do that again.
2. We have enough to take of worrying about ourselves. Perhaps there was a little competition going on between Peter and John. Peter is concerned about John’s future. The Lord pretty much says don’t worry about that, I go this.
3. John affirms the accuracy of what he has written.
4. What he does next is amazing. As we read through the bible learning and considering the story of Jesus, John says you are only getting a glimpse of what He did. Think about that, we only know a snippet of all that Christ did.
5. Even though this is true, we have all that we need to bring us into a relationship with Christ for our eternal future.
Yes, Peter has questions, but later he is inspired to write the following.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
6. The more I read and study scripture, the more I realize I don’t know. But that is OK. As we read, study, and pray the Holy Spirit will lead guide and direct us. And this truth is a beautiful one.
Be Blest, Be a Blessing.