SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 27
CHRONICALLY ILL WITH TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE
AND TOO LITTLE UNDERSTANDING
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings Nos. 27, 28
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
Numbers 27, 28
Copyright, 1948 Reprint
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CHRONICALLY ILL WITH TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE
AND TOO LITTLE UNDERSTANDING
THE SPIRIT THAT ORIGINATED EVIL,
AND ITS MANIFESTATION TODAY
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
I shall read from "Christ's Object Lessons," beginning on page 60, third paragraph.
"The word of God often comes in collision with man's hereditary and cultivated
traits of character and his habits of life. But the good-
"And he brings forth fruit 'with patience.' None who receive God's word are exempt from difficulty and trial; but when affliction comes, the true Christian does not become restless, distrustful, or despondent. Though we can not see the definite outcome of affairs, or discern the purpose of God's providence, we are not to cast away our confidence. Remembering the tender mercies of the Lord, we should cast our care upon Him, and with patience wait for His salvation.
"Through conflict the spiritual life is strengthened. Trials well borne will
develop steadfastness of character, and precious spiritual graces. The perfect fruit
of faith, meekness, and love often matures best amid storm-
Let us pray that our spiritual perceptions be quickened so that we shall more readily understand God's dealings in answer to our prayers; that through conflict the spiritual life is strengthened; that we throw not away our confidence when afflictions arise, but that like Paul we rejoice for having been accounted worthy to suffer in patience.
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CHRONICALLY ILL WITH TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND TOO LITTLE UNDERSTANDING
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF D. SEVENTH-
SABBATH, FEBRUARY 14, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
To illustrate the subject of our study this afternoon, let us take for example the book which the Denomination has put out on Daniel and The Revelation, the two most invalued books of the Bible. The book which I have in mind was originally entitled Thoughts on Daniel and The Revelation. It is written in scholarly fashion, and so convincing are its contents that thousands of copies have been sold all over the world in a number of languages. Anyone that can write a book like it, evidently has great knowledge. We should, however, examine to see how much understanding is there on the books of Daniel and of The Revelation themselves.
Take for example Revelation chapter 12, where it speaks of the 12-
But if the brethren were asked the question: "How could the woman be a symbol of the Christian church, and at the same time be Christ's
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mother?" They will have a time answering, for Christ Himself brought the Christian church into being thirty or more years after He was born. Consequently she could not be His mother.
And if they were asked, "How could the woman's sun-
Were these questions put to the brethren, I am sure they would become profoundly confused in trying to answer. But the fact that no one asks these questions, shows that there is altogether too little understanding throughout Christendom.
Again you cannot deny the fact that the Denomination has made a very scholarly
exposition of The Seven Trumpets, of plowing through such an intricate symbolism,
propping their explanations of it with commentaries and history and making the people
take it as nicely as they do. By their scholarly methods, though, they contend that
the locusts which were released as soon as the Heavenly Star unlocked "the bottomless
pit" at the sounding of the fifth trumpet (Rev. 9:1-
Moreover, the brethren explain that the 200,000,000 horses and horsemen that were to kill
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a third part of men (Rev. 9:18), are symbolical of a Mohammedan cavalry, although the Mohammedans never had such a large cavalry in all their existence.
Furthermore, John the Revelator plainly tells that the horses' tails were like serpents, and their heads the heads of lions belching fire, smoke, and brimstone. Contrary to these facts, the brethren say that the horses were common Arabian horses, that Turks armed with guns were riding them, that John failed to detect that the fire, smoke and brimstone came from the guns, not from the horses' mouths.
I say for one to so garble the Scriptures and yet make people believe that he is thus unfolding Truth, he must have great ability, but too little understanding of the fact that if John was left to blunder in this part of his vision, he could have been left to blunder all through The Revelation, and that for anyone who thus voices his opinion of the Scriptures is not building but tearing down faith in all the prophets, causing one to say that if the Scriptures be so imperfect as they make them appear to be, then what good are they? And how can we find the Truth and be saved by It, for if the prophets themselves could not tell the facts, then how can any of us do so thousands of years after their time?
Since the brethren have not been able to see this, and since no one who has studied their expositions of them been able to either, then does it not appear to you that although there is much knowledge everywhere, there is very little understanding anywhere?
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Dealing with a situation similar to this, Paul declared:
1 Cor. 3:1 -
Here Paul reproved those whose knowledge seemed to be great, but their understanding
dull, those who had not spiritually advanced commensurate with the time, who could
not stick strictly to what the Word says, were not developed into full-
1 Cor. 3:2 -
Paul was disappointed with the progress which the Corinthians had made: They were
still unable to take strong meat. Concretely speaking, he said-
1 Cor. 3:3, 4 -
By taking sides, some for Paul and some for Apollos, they were actually accepting what God had sent through one messenger, and rejecting what He had sent through the other messenger. This you will see even more vividly in the verses which follow:
1 Cor. 3:5-
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Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase."
God is everything, and the men of His appointment are only His mouthpiece.
1 Cor. 3:8, 9 -
1 Cor. 3:10 -
The Christian's life is, as it were, a building under construction. One messenger of God lays the foundation, another builds thereupon. Thus to no one messenger is given all the material with which to build.
Consequently, if anyone should choose to give heed to this or to that messenger instead of to
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God and to all His servants as He Himself sends them one after another, that one will certainly be left with insufficient building material, and consequently without the acquirement which he needs to have at the coming of the Lord.
1 Cor. 3:11-
Here we are told that the theories -
And again we are told that worldly wisdom is foolishness with God, and that if we wish our structure of Truth to withstand the storm, we need to throw out the rubbish and take all the
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1 Cor. 3:19, 20 -
Since the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, we had better have nothing
to do with it, and quit taking sides -
1 Cor. 3:21, 22 -
To glory in man, whether it be in self or in another, is to cheat yourself of everything. Take for example the Jews: They were determined to "be of Moses," and as they saw it, to accept the prophets, or even Christ, to them it meant to give up Moses! As a result, rather than all things being theirs, they lost everything, even Moses, and where are they today? The wood, hay, and stubble which they piled upon the structure of Truth after Moses left them, has long been swept away by the Fire of Truth, the Holy Spirit.
The only safe way to build is with Truth sent from the throne of God. This is how
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Moses, the prophets, and the apostles built, and this is how we must build. Moses,
for example, founded his structure of Truth on the solid rock of creation, the Genesis,
on the work of Him Who created the worlds (Heb. 1:1). The prophets after him, also
the apostles, continued building on the same foundation, not on the theories of the
priests and rabbis, the so-
Knowledge, you see, devoid of Divine understanding is as devastating to the soul
as is fire let loose in a house that is built of wood and hay. Let us therefore
no longer be side-
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Soon He Comes
Long upon the mountain, weary,
Have the scattered flock been torn;
Dark the desert paths, and dreary;
Grievous trials have they borne.
Now the gathering call is sounding,
Solemn in its warning voice;
Union, faith, and love, abounding,
Bid the little flock rejoice.
Now the light of truth they're seeking,
In its onward track pursue;
All the ten commandments keeping,
They are holy, just, and true.
On the words of life they're feeding,
Precious to their taste, so sweet;
All their Master's precepts heeding,
Bowing humbly at His feet.
In that world of light and beauty,
In that golden city fair,
Soon its pearly gates they'll enter,
And of all its glories share.
There, divine the soul's expansions;
Free from sin, and death, and pain;
Tears will never dim those mansions
Where the saints immortal reign.
Soon He comes! with clouds descending;
All His saints, entombed, arise;
The redeemed, in anthems blending,
Shout their victory through the skies.
O, we long for Thine appearing;
Come, O Saviour, quickly come!
Blessed hope! our spirits cheering,
Take Thy ransomed children home.
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