“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction”
In a time where our supposed “epic centers” of knowledge known as public education have completely removed God, it may seem strange to think about the fear of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge. To understand why knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord I can think of no better illustration than Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed. They had food, a place to call home, companionship in one another, and an intimate relationship with God. The world was theirs to have dominion over and theirs to populate. Perhaps, “I imagine that every day they were learning new things about the world around them and the Creator of everything they saw, heard, tasted and felt being their tour guide.
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” –
God created Adam and Eve to live forever and fulfill their created purpose. They were given all of eternity to enjoy perfect fellowship with their Creator, gain knowledge of His creation and exercise the dominion they were given, all to the honor and glory of God. Unfortunately this did not happen since the fall of man took place shortly after creation. Adam and Eve’s misguided pursuit of knowledge was their downfall. They traded their fear (reverence) of the Lord for a desire to be like God.
Adam and Eve gained a knowledge they never expected in their disobedience, a knowledge of sin. Pursing that knowledge apart from the fear of the Lord was the world’s first sin making Adam and Eve the world’s first sinners. Adam and Eve became fools; they despised the wisdom and instruction they had received from their Creator. If only Adam and Eve had kept their fear of the Lord, if only they had received God’s wisdom and instruction, the world as we know it today would be a much different place. Thankfully in God’s wisdom He has called the descendants of Adam and Eve to turn back to Him with fear; to seek knowledge from Him.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do you fear the Lord on a daily basis? No doubt, on the day of your salvation you feared the Lord but the vanities of this world have a habit of dulling that fear. In what areas of your life are you allowing your own desires, pursuits and ungodly fears to crowd out your fear of the Lord? As Christians we can be redeemed and still be fools in certain areas of our life because we have not allowed the fear of the Lord to penetrate those areas of our heart. Do not be a fool who despises wisdom and instruction; instead seek the Lord and serve Him out of fear (reverence).
“be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” – b -22
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (ESV)
5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (ESV)
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (ESV)