Ephesians 3: 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God (KJV); made me realize that there is something “beyond” knowledge. I have said it before, “It is the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, not the tree of good and evil”. The “knowledge” part is really important. Use a search tool and look up knowledge in your favorite translation.
I found Ephesians 3:19 and Jeremiah 10:14, 51:17. In the KJV the verses in Jeremiah are practically the same – 14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them; the difference is “by his knowledge”. In or by, the problem is the false knowledge of what God is like. Eve chose knowledge and I believe Adam followed Eve because he thought she had something he did not have. What if they had realized that the love and fellowship with the Father and the love of Christ (Tree of Eternal Life) was better than “just” knowledge?
Adam and Eve, I believe, were very intelligent. So, the Snake used the promise of knowledge to lure them into a horrible choice. Being intelligent does not mean that you will use knowledge correctly. In Proverbs 8 and 9, contrast Wisdom and Folly as two women who are calling for your attention.
The love of Christ surpasses or goes beyond knowledge. I know it helps you in your daily life. The “fullness of God” is beyond knowledge and to have all of Him helping you will advance you in your endeavors. (I will add that following Jesus and seeking Him is the key to that help.)
Oh, “brutish” in Jeremiah, according to Strong’s Concordance, means to consume by fire or EATING. Other translations use a variety of words to capture that thought. But a Mark’s loose translation would be-Every man is consumed by knowledge; then it list idols.
Bible Gateway was my search engine.
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