Monday, October 19, 2009

daily text 10/19

Monday, October 19th, 2009
"The one hearing the word and getting the sense of it [will] bear fruit." (Matthew 13:23)

Love for God, concern for people, a self-sacrificing spirit, and patience are important factors in successful disciple making. Teaching skills also need to be developed, for they enable us to explain matters in a clear, uncomplicated way. For example, many sayings of the Great Teacher, Jesus Christ, were especially powerful because of their simplicity. Likely you recall such statements of Jesus as these: “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” “Do not give what is holy to dogs.” “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” “Pay back . . . Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.” (Matthew 6:20; 7:6; 11:19; 22:21) Of course, Jesus did not make only short statements. He taught with clarity and explained things when doing so was appropriate. We too can imitate Jesus’ style of teaching.
(Watchtower issue: 11/15/07, 1:14, 15)

*funny thing about knowledge, only benefits you if you apply it. =)
I don't ever remember learning in school the difference between knowledge, understanding and wisdom...only through theocratic education. Secular education (in general) tends to be lacking in this area, becauses it typically places emphasis almost entirely on learning 'facts and figures.' And book-smarts & IQ score ends up being viewed as the 'end all' of intelligence...when in fact, it's just the beginning, the first step towards wisdom, because...


(Here's some additional info taken from Insight on the Scriptures Vol.2, pgs 180-182):

Essentially, knowledge means familiarity with facts acquired by personal experience, observation, or study.
Meaning of Term: In the Hebrew Scriptures a number of words (nouns) that can be translated “knowledge” are related to the basic verb ya‧dha‛′, signifying “know (by being told),” “know (by observing),” “know (by personal acquaintance or experience),” or “be experienced, skillful.” The exact shade of meaning, and often the way each word should be translated, must be determined by the context ...

As with the verb ya‧dha‛′ (know), the principal Hebrew word rendered “knowledge” (da′‛ath) carries the basic idea of knowing facts or having information, but at times it includes more than that. For example, Hosea 4:1, 6 says that at a certain time there was no “knowledge of God” in Israel. That does not mean that the people were not aware that Jehovah was God and that he had delivered and led the Israelites in the past. (Hosea 8:2) But by their course of murdering, stealing, and committing adultery, they showed that they rejected real knowledge because they were not acting in harmony with it.—Hosea 4:2.

Understanding is the ability to see how the parts or aspects of something relate to one another, to see the entire matter and not just isolated facts. The Hebrew root verb bin has the basic meaning “separate” or “distinguish,” and it is often rendered “understand” or “discern.” It is similar with the Greek sy‧ni′e‧mi. Thus at Acts 28:26 (quoting Isaiah 6:9, 10) it could be said that the Jews heard but did not understand, or did not put together. They did not grasp how the points or thoughts fitted together to mean something to them. Proverbs 9:10, in saying that “knowledge of the Most Holy One is what understanding is,” shows that true understanding of anything involves appreciation of its relation to God and his purposes. Because a person with understanding is able to connect new information to things he already knows, it can be said that “to the understanding one knowledge is an easy thing.” (Proverbs 14:6) Knowledge and understanding are allied, and both are to be sought.—Proverbs 2:5; 18:15.

Wisdom is the ability to put knowledge to work, or to use it, the intelligent application of learning. A person might have considerable knowledge but not know how to use it because of lacking wisdom. Jesus linked wisdom with accomplishment in saying: “Wisdom is proved righteous by its works.” (Matthew 11:19) Solomon asked for and received from God not just knowledge but also wisdom. (2Chronicles 1:10; 1 Kings 4:29-34) In the case of two women who claimed the same child, Solomon had knowledge of a mother’s devotion to her child; he displayed wisdom by using his knowledge to settle the dispute. (1Kings 3:16-28) “Wisdom is the prime thing,” for without it knowledge is of little value. (Proverbs 4:7; 15:2) Jehovah abounds in and provides both knowledge and wisdom.—Romans 11:33; James 1:5

*there's more indepth info on this topic of other Greek and Hebrew words and their meaning, on those pages I mentioned (in the Insight book) if you want to do more research, since I only included some paragraph excerpts.