1 Corinthians 14:37-38 (NKJV) “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.”
Ignorance and stupidity is a choice but there will be those that refuse to shake off stupidity and ignorance.
For years, I’ve delved into certain doctrines and we all should have known better. We went with the crowd because when you go in a group, then it can be a source of safety. Then the Lord sends or allows something to come into our lives and we find ourselves taking what we’ve heard.
It’s put to the test. Then we see that it didn’t work. We cry to the Lord and ask Him why it didn’t work the way that we all thought it was supposed to work. It’s at that point that we should have enough sense to go back into the Word.
But for others, we keep pushing because instead of suffering embarrassment, we try to cover “for the Lord’s mistake.”
Like when prophets miss it. Or we see a loved one die after we prayed and cried.
Folks. One thing that I’ve learned is that God is Sovereign and chooses to do what He will do. He doesn’t lose Face. Neither is He embarrassed. He’s neither. It’s we that miss it. Not the Lord. We lose face. We get embarrassed.
Now there’s the strange ones out there that first get a taste of the Word and then fail to follow through with God’s Word. We put novices in places of prominence prematurely. We give them responsibility beyond their ability, and they fall flat on their face.
We allow them a platform and over time, the parable of the sower comes to fruition.
It’s like cooking chicken. If you undercook it, it’s just plain horrible. And we play it off like the chicken is cooked but we all know it’s half baked.
The parable of the sower (see Matthew 13:18-23) is the Master’s Masterpiece of determining where people are.
- Good Ground.
The Biblical ignorant ones are on 3 of 4 grounds.
But notice that 2nd and 3rd ground. On the stony ground, they immediately receive the Word with joy. What this means is that they’re happy about what they’ve heard. And usually, it’s just after they’ve come out of the sin they loved.
They endure for a little while and then in time of temptation, tribulation, or persecution, they stumble (see 2 Peter 1:5-10).
But one thing is noticeable. The Word never penetrated their heart. Remember. The seed was sown among stony ground.
Then there’s the thorns. Cares, riches, pleasures of this life. They become unfruitful (see John 15:1-10). Obviously, the first ground, wayside, the devil comes immediately and snatches the Word like a bird.
On these three grounds, ignorance is prevalent. Ignorance is “lack of knowledge.”
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV) “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.”
The ones on two of four grounds are all undercooked. The one on the wayside was never cooked.
In the United States and around the world, men have access to the Scriptures, but one of the things I’ve noticed is that you can pray for wisdom and still do something foolish.
The Scriptures provide a way of preventing certain harm IF we heed the Word.
Why are people destroyed? All we have to do is look at Israel. The reason why they were judged is because they lacked knowledge. But it’s how they lacked knowledge that gives us the reason.
They’ve rejected God.
It’s like we tell people over and over again the Scriptures, and they still fall.
Well, for those that want help, we do what Paul said.
“Be gentle, and able to teach.”
As long as they remain tenderhearted and want to be taught, we must be gentle, and we must be able to teach them. As long as they’re willing to receive, humble themselves, and remain broken and crushed in heart. Over time, they’ll recover themselves from the snare and condemnation of the devil, and bring forth good fruit.
God puts a Bible in our possession, not to feel spiritual, but to obey Him.
We don’t have to remain ignorant, but Paul said, “But if anyone is ignorant, let him be ignorant.”
None of us have to be ignorant and stupid, but when they want to remain in this condition, let them be ignorant still.