Friday, April 25, 2014

Isaiah 28:9-13 -- On Learning

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."
Isaiah 28:9-13

This is interesting.  I think that it shows a lot about how God has to deal with us sometimes.  On one hand, God wants us to learn... learn all that we can learn.  Become all that we can become.  And on the other hand, he knows that some people are going to at least try to use the knowledge they gain for evil purposes (some examples are given elsewhere in the chapter).  It is possible that there are quicker ways to learn.  Isaiah talks here about God speaking with stuttering lips and another tongue... things that slow down learning by a lot.  So maybe someday, when we've learned to communicate with him better, he'll speak to us normally, and our acquisition of knowledge will be super fast. :)  But, at least for now, God has set up a system for us that protects us in a lot of ways.  We have to learn foundational principles, and master those, before we can continue and learn something beyond that.  And then all the rest of the lessons are broken down into tiny little chunks as well.  In other words, we need to go through steps 1 through 4 in learning faith for instance before we jump to step 5.  And just like we were learning another language, we aren't going to be able to jump right into the graduate level classes without taking the prerequisites.  And with spiritual learning, when we don't have the spirit, we're most likely to start not being able to remember some of those steps, and we won't have that foundation to build on anymore.  Thus, we can't use spiritual knowledge for evil, and unless we are moving forward and learning more, we can start falling backward.
Today, let's hear the Lord and learn from him.  He is telling us all the time how to make life better... how to cope with it, how to recharge our spiritual batteries, how to be happy.  But usually, we aren't listening.  Today, let's take the time to be still, and patient, and to listen.  And until we get a faster way to learn, let's keep building on our current knowledge, step by step, carefully learning each lesson, so that we can keep the foundation solid and learn more and more.

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