The Tragedy of Not Knowing

Isaiah 1:3 “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: [but] Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.” Example of brute beasts knowing more than Elohiym’s chosen people. Sad when animals. Eloheem made man in His own image, higher than the beast—yet he can get to this place where he has less understanding than the beasts. Israel was YAHVEH’s chosen people. Lacking knowledge can be a sad, disgraceful thing. Jeremiah 8:7 “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.” Another example of animals having more understanding of what they’re supposed to do than men. (Proverbs 19:2) Luke 19:43,44 “For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Yeshua prophesying. Great carnage, many people slain (destruction of Jerusalem). Why? Because “thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” Visitation was Him, Elohiym being among them—a great tragedy because they didn’t know the time of their visitation. A tragedy that came upon the children of Israel. It happened about forty years after. Possibly one million people died—because they knew not the time of their visitation: Their Messiah came to them, and they knew it not. They did unto Him as they listed. 1 Chronicles 12:32 “And of the children of Issachar, [which were men] that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them [were] two hundred; and all their brethren [were] at their commandment.” Important to have understanding of times, to know what we ought to do or ought not to do. (Heart of wise—time & judgment) Having understanding of the times is related to knowing what to do.

Verses relating to understanding the times:
Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

They didn’t have understanding of the time they were living in. They didn’t know until it was too late. They’d never seen anything like that before, bu they were warned of it. Noah was involved with building the ark for possibly one hundred years, and was warning about this flood coming. This was before the tongues of man were confounded—possibly they all spoke the same language. The earth was not divided yet. [see Genesis 10:25] Word probably got around… so it was not because people were ignorant, but it was because of their hearts: IT was because they didn’t want to know, believe. (Sin in one’s life can cause a person to not know the things they need to know.) No doubt Noah confronted a lot of deaf ears. It is going to be a repeat of what happened then. Back then, people were self-willed, went after their hearts’ desires. It was time to get on the ark… self-willed people have almost zero level of awareness. We don’t want to make the same tragic mistake they made—we have been warned. Daniel 12:10 “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” “None of the wicked shall understand”—maybe because of the state of their heart they couldn’t believe or understand. As in days of Noe people don’t lay the word to heart—preaching of end of world, Yeshua returning—don’t understand. Sin hindering people’s faith—it relates to where their heart is at. It is not that they mentally cannot understand it—it is because of the state of their heart. Their hearts are not in a place to receive it. They don’t get it. People are willingly ignorant. It says of some that they did not choose the fear of YAHVEH. (Proverbs 1:29) Isaiah 21:11,12 “The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.” We need to know what’s going on without the external things, without times, etc. However, need an understanding of what’s going on within our heart, following knowing ourselves. Watchmen—cities had protective walls day and night. Above wall was watchman—could see farther, furthest; could warn souls when enemy was approaching, give souls a chance to prepare. Needful to listen to & hear watchmen—could see things in our own heart, times world. Someone was asking, “Watchman,…?” There was a desire to know. In old times, the watchman in the tower could see things far off. People depended on their watchman to warn them of evil things. Older brothers can see things from a distance. They can see things that would be a threat to our souls. Jeremiah 6:19 “Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, [even] the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.” Can be very foolish to not hearken. Later on, captivity.

Verses related to knowing what is going on in ourselves:
Revelations 3:17 “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” They saw themselves one way, Elohiym saw them another way. They thought they had need of nothing. Their judgment was way off. His Word can do that: show us ourselves as we really are… A brother was laboring with a man. After going over many studies, the man said, “I’m way off.” The story about the emperor without clothing. He saw himself one way, but others saw through his folly.* Proverbs 30:12,13 “[There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness. [There is] a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.” They know not their state. Why? Pride (blinds people and deceives them). They don’t know they’re filthy. They are pure in their own eyes. Paul knew better; he realized how he was without Elohiym’s spirit. Chief of sinners—a poor man is better than a liar. First step: they have to admit they have a problem. Alcoholics—AA Book—don’t have control over it. People can be pure in their own eyes, yet not be washed from their filthiness. (Revelation 3:17) Thinking they were rich, and had need of nothing… In a way this can be worse than someone who knows they are a sinner. It’s better to know we are wretched than to think we are righteous. Ones who Yeshua dealt with were thinking evil of Him, when they were the ones who needed to straighten out… Willing ignorance in their hearts. They don’t want to see it, in many accounts… Making His sacrifice for them vain or void. Hosea 7:9-11 “Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth [it] not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this. Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.” We can think we’re strong, and not be. vs 10 Pride leads to being deceived, ignorant. Eventually it leads to destruction, as it did [with the children of Israel]. vs 9 Sometimes someone can have grey hairs, and they do not see them; but others see them. Judges 16:19-21 “And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him. And she said, The Philistines [be] upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.”

Man had been flirting with sin—this woman was really his enemy. We can fall into sin—think that we can go out and do what we did before. Knowledge of our ---, sins; times, can prevent tragedies. YHVH giving knowledge—He’s a buckler to them that walk uprightly. Wasn’t a one-time thing—Samson sinned repeatedly. That’s where it leads. He was in a dangerous place, reap toying with this danger. It can be the same with us—Eloheem can depart. Sin can take away our understanding—our eyes can be put out. This can put us in bondage. If our understanding is taken away, we can go back into bondage. *A brother was saying that the story of the emperor can show not only how people can be made to believe a lie, but also to esteem things that are of no value.

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