The point isn’t so much about being LESS wise and LESS learned. No, rather the point is to be humble, because knowledge can cause the possessor to become puffed up or conceited, arrogant.
“If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.”
1 Corinthians 8:2
Jesus makes it clear that anyone who wants to enter the ...
Paul was wise and learned, but not many like him turned to Christ. Paul was very zealous about doing what he thought was right, so Christ intervened to stop him and turn him in the right direction (see Acts). Nicodemus was wise and learned but not one of the apostles (the Gospels). Jesus criticized self-righteousness which often kept the wise and learned ...
Natural knowledge of good and evil comes with years of instruction and experience, of which the man and the woman had neither. So whatever stage they were in physical development, in moral development, they were (appropriately) like little children. Even as an adult, I've had to learn from experience what it is like trying to teach my four year old why ...
There are two matters here.
Jesus was a prophet as predicted in Deut 18:15, 18-20 and documented as fulfilled in Acts 3:21-23. This is confirmed numerous times in other places such as: Matt 13:57, 21:11, 46, Mark 6:4, Luke 4:24, 24:19, John 4:44, 6:14, etc. This is NOT to suggest that Jesus was merely a prophet, He was the divine Son of God, but during ...
The one who said "be wise as serpents" (Matthew 10:16) cannot praise naiveté, for serpent is a symbol of Satan and a Christian should be of as sharp of a mind as to be ready to outwit even the wittiest and cunningest of spiritual evil creatures (2 Cor. 2:11). Thus, "little children" here does not signify a naiveté bordering with ...
Jesus is probably echoing the language, at least the idea, of Psalm 8, a psalm that was very important to the writers of the New Testament. The first two verses in the NIV read:
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have
set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and
infants you have established a stronghold ...
In commenting on Matt 9:4, Barnes says this:
Jesus, knowing their thoughts - Mark says, "Jesus perceived "in his
spirit" that they so reasoned." The power of searching the heart, and
of knowing the thoughts of people, belongs only to God, 1 Chronicles
28:9; Romans 8:27; Revelation 2:23; Jeremiah 17:10. In claiming this,
as Jesus did here,...
The Knowledge of Good and Evil
Question: What is the Knowledge of Good and Evil and why is it spiritually lethal? (Gen. 2:17)
Suppose we break down the identity of the Tree a bit.
The first part of the clause is the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good." But the first couple already possessed that knowledge. Therefore, perhaps we might safely ...
36Then one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to eat with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a sinful woman from that town learned that Jesus was dining there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. 38As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears and wipe them with her ...
Note the astute observation of Jer 17:9 -
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can
We also read in Eccl 12:14 -
For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing,
whether good or evil.
John says in John 16:8-10 about the promised Holy Spirit -
And when He comes, He will convict the world in ...
To the OP's list, we might also add another, also from the Gospel of John 2:24, 25 -
But Jesus did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew them all. He
did not need any testimony about man, for He knew what was in a man.
According to John 14:12 -
Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will also do the
works that I am doing. He will do even ...
I believe the example referenced from John 4 demonstrates exactly the purpose Paul has in mind here. Let's compare the two:
From the OP:
he is called to account
From John 4:
16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
From the OP:
the secrets of his heart are disclosed
From John 4:
17 The woman answered and said, I have no ...
1 Corinthians 14:
24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, 25 the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.
The point is not to embarrass or humiliate the newcomer but to convict him to worship ...
In Genesis 2:17, Why would 'eating' from the עֵ֗ץ הַדַּ֨עַת֙ ט֣וֹב וָרָ֔ע Ets HaDaat Tov Va-Ra | "Tree of The-Knowledge of Good and-Evil" [be] spiritually lethal? - Its side effect included : Lying - an abomination (Proverbs 12:22), making humans doubt God by selling the idea that humans can be כֵּֽאלֹהִ֔ים "like God" in Genesis 3:5.