A few events of a few weeks ago brought the need for this teaching to mind. They fall into two main categories. The first is portrayed in videos of what is happening to the world before the eyes of self proclaimed believers in the God of the bible. The second the actions of those believers, on which I shall comment. In the first category of videos, as we hear constantly on other media, we see the world being formed by others. Either of promoting by all means another religious belief to ours. Or those of anti God beliefs. Both are against our God, that of our bible and its teachings. We are being pressed from all sides. Even from government and enforcement agencies so we have no where or no one to whom to turn. This is a worldwide phenomena. We only saw examples of it in Australia and USA; but also heard of it happening in the UK.
One thing we ought to have noticed from the Australian converts viewed is they came from free spirit upbringing. Surfers, party goers etc. People one would never have thought would dramatically change their lives from zero to 100. From binge drinking, single party goers to not drinking or moderate drinking family young business owner. From zero times a day praying to 5 times starting at 5a.m I think. It should tell us that people are not happy with the world’s way of life. They are simply following what they know and see around them. They are practicing escapism until they are shown a better way and they cleave to the first better way they are shown in the absence of the true better way of the one true God.
If we of the bible, regardless of denomination or individual theology, do not band together to fight the bigger threats, we shall all be swallowed up one at a time, little by little. Those of the world are wiser that those of the light in the sense they know and practice that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
A few examples are political alliances. Even before the recent UK election results. With a predicted landslide victory. Teresa May’s government were in talks with the Ulster Defence party just in case an alliance was needed. As it turned out, one was, with a party with whom they were previously on a different page. The religious group in the videos are similar. They have their differences; yet all would work together to bring about a world of their religion.
The non religious anti God groups are the same. They infiltrate churches with their sexual, gender and other theology as new age concepts. Invite and welcome anyone to participate in their parades etc. Like the piped piper in the children’s nursery rhyme, leading them down the road to anti God hell. Until the biblical remnant becomes smaller and smaller and disappears. Those are two of the forces working from outside the faith.
The second category is the actions of those apparently inside the faith. They refuse to work, evangelise or assist each other due to differences in belief or personal character differences. They focus on themselves rather than the bigger picture and purpose of God. They belief they are all wise and have the correct understanding so would not work together with another bible believer to save a non bible believer or correct a seeker who has been misled. Or even work together to bring a person not of their common belief to it i.e the Sabbath or feast days unless they also bring the person all the way to their understanding of spiritual warfare, when saved, who Jesus is or other differences they may have. Is that of the bible? Did the Pharisees, Sadducees, Yahshua and apostles not worship together in the same temple or synagogue? When making a gentile a proselyte did they insist they also became a believer in the resurrection first? Did Paul not have to teach about what meat to eat, fornication, circumcision etc after the person became a believer rather than before?
Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
How do the other religions do it? Do they not first get you to come to sessions of their faith to taste and see and learn as you go? How does the devil do it? Does he not get you to commit one minor transgression first and then little by little lead you further along his road? That is why they succeed and grow and people of God fail and diminish. Inability to work together. It doesn’t affect me now or I do not like it that way or like your kind of attitude. Whatever the reason, you are wrong. It is not about us; but about God. Can He not find reasons not to work with us to bring us nearer to Him? Sure He can. So who are we to find any reason not to work with another to bring someone to or closer to God. Even as a stepping stone for that person, like Philip was used in Acts 8:26 and when the purpose was finished the angel of God took Philip away to another mission. He went from one mission in Samaria to the Eunuch and then onto another. Making himself available and being used wherever and whenever he could. Always remember IT IS NOT ABOUT US regardless of how polite we dress it up.
They do not look at it from God’s point of view. Does it affect Him in that His desire that no one perishes is not being accomplished through his “believers” attitude? 2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We should always remember God is the head of the church with many branches as the children of Israel had many tribes, yet all IS-REAL-I as in Acts 7:38 and Rev 2.
Ok, so that is where the world is, direction is heading and where God’s seekers or believers will end up unless they get out of the world first or wise up and be a doer in changing its course. We can start as individuals. The same way where two meet in His name God is there, is the same way two of the bible should be able to evangelise or assist God in saving a lost soul. Jas_5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. Pro 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
Your part can either be major or minor as lending another your video camera to make a video to show on the internet. Possibly no benefit to you personally; but to God, it could be the start of a viewers transformation for which you may share in the credit and tip the scales in your favour on your judgement day.
Rev_20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Rev_20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (See also Titus 1:16 and 1Pet 1:17).
So what should we be working to make someone? An “IS-RAEL-I”. Not a Jew, or one of the other tribes; but a citizen of God’s kingdom and promise. That is what everyone who God redeemed from Egypt was. Egypt representing the world.
In a former study titled “Heirs of the Promise, Citizen of the Kingdom” I showed how God’s people came from all nations. Whether before the formation of Israel, His first born nation or after. Here I am going to do a further breakdown which I started in that article. In that article I posed a question what was the difference between the children of Israel and the children of Israel? The answer depended on knowing the bibles difference between the two Israel’s. The individual Jacob whose name God changed to Israel or the nation Israel. Both had the same name and both had children. However, there were two different Hebrew words for “children” in each case depending on which “Israel” was the context. The literal children of Jacob via their four mothers, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah. Or the nation / congregation of Israel who God called “my people”. These were made up of all the household descendants of Jacob. Household being everyone that came under the leader of that tribe or house; servants etc included.
Here are some scriptural examples of the Hebrew words that identify the difference in the “children”. (was shown on PowerPoint presentation).
For the children of the nation / congregation / household, in Hebrew the word is H1121 בֵּן bên bane From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation,. Note in the “widest sense, builder of a family name”. It is used 4925 times in the KJV.
For children of individuals, there are a few other Hebrew words also translated “children” but they are used very few times. Some being H3025 in Genesis 16:1, 30:1; H1129 in Gen 16:2, 30:3; H3206 in Gen 30:26, 33:1-7, Exodus 1:17-18, 21:4; H3211 in Num 13:22; H2945 in Num 14:3, 16:27.
We should see when the “children” refers to specific individuals born of a certain woman or man, the Hebrew word is one of H3025, H1129, H3206, H3211 or H2945 compared to when it refers to the household in general when H1121 is used. H1121 is used when the “children” refer to more than the literal or specific out of your loins or womb children as with Eve in Genesis 3:16 referring to all future human children compared to Gen 33:1-7 which limited “children” to those directly from Jacob and his wives. So God gave His laws and commandments to “the children of Israel” in the “widest sense” of its use. Those humans who have separated themselves onto Him not of any specific bloodline, colour or birth. The purpose being to create in them a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within them (Psalm 51). That of YHWH God. To be holy, peculiar people, IS-REAL-I. The identification of them being, not place of birth. Not a name as Jew, Christian or Muslim; but the “IF” and criteria as stated Deu 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. Deu 28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; Exo_19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: Deu_14:2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Deu_26:18 And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; 1Pe_2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
So the foolish or ignorant teachers who teacher the laws or covenant were for the Jews need to grasp who the “children of Israel were. When for example IN Genesis 10:22 the bible mentions the children of Shem, the “children” refer to the linage of him or his household. If our vision is that we should be various nationalities or religions, it is the wrong vision. Let our vision be to all be “IS-RAEL-I”. In Acts 10 and 11 all Cornelius’ “household” i.e. “children” were invited and told how to be saved.
Why did those in the video change religion or others join other religions, say Buddhism? It was not for the musical content like their previous partying lifestyle as there was none. It was not for the dressing up as again there was none and the other religions seem to dress less flamboyant. I do not even think it was for the engaging sermons as to my knowledge it is all about reading their writings and learning their way. The same method God gave Israel through Moses Act 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear. Act 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
We today should be the continuation of that us. Following the same method of gathering on appointed holy convocations i.e. as in Lev 23 and learning as is outlined in our manual, the Torah / Bible Act 13:27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him. Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
In the book of Acts, the first congregation that heard the message of Yahshua’s ascension, they were not Jews as we wrongly misunderstand. Jews are from one tribe or children of Israel. That of Judah. They were from all tribes and thus IS-REAL-I. Acts Act 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. “Act 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:” Men of Judea, means those resident of that region NOT only of the tribe Judah. The congregation included and was also to “all you that dwell in Jerusalem i.e. that are here now.
Later on in Acts 11:26 they are wrongly called “Christians” (anointed ones; but of whom, Christos?). They were and remained Is-REAL-I. So from now on when you are asked what you are, say an IS-RAEL-I of the sect of the Nazarene or believer in Yahshua as the Messiah. This is the criteria given in Revelations 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
God’s holy convocations were not a musical events as in Exo 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount. That was the Egyptian method. Others have copied our God’s teaching method and used it to promote and enlarge their counterfeit or false religions. The origin is better than the copy. God’s way which we are supposed to follow and pass on has what true seekers are seeking. The reasons that enticed those to change religion even from Christianity are in fact found in the Bible Christians are supposed to follow. The modest holy dress code, prayer times as 3 per day as practiced by Daniel, apostles and mentioned in Psalms 55:17, moral conduct, peace and way of life. For example 1Ti 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; Yet with many churches it is a fashion parade and competition. Even the ones with a policy of not wearing earrings, have their members wearing more non modest apparel and array in more costly than a £5 pair of earrings. Others think they can come as they are in commons jeans, Tee shirt or trainers when they have better at home. They just don’t get it. A form of holiness without the learning of or being holy.
If only Christians would stop the prosperity, singing, dancing, falling on the floor, gift seeking as speaking in tongues or the feel good factor sermons and return to the method and teachings of the bible. Stop competing for members or followers and realise we are all one body, one congregation of Israel with different location branches as in Rev 2 so everyone can access the one same God. I do not think people understand the purpose of the temple or bible synagogues. They therefore choose where to go by the wrong criteria. It was a place of repentance and learning by reading God’s laws and prophets writings not as today sermons of a pastors interpretation. As it says in Mat 23:2 they sat in Moses seat and read, audience learnt and did. Today choice is by singing of choir, promises of prosperity, signs and wonders regardless of whether the source is from witchcraft. By emotional rather than educational content from the bible not from the pastors denominational teachings.
Some people think God cares if we go to church and religiously go. Even spending all day in them once per week. I think God cares whether we obey His commandments or not, some of which are to have holy convocations at His appointed times as in Lev 23 and in a place where He puts His name, and not necessarily if we go to church. Was God pleased when Israel held “church” in Exodus 32 when Moses went up to see God? Was God in that worship? He would rather the churches stayed empty than to be used wrongly just like He preferred the land remained barren in Lev 26:34, Lev 26:43, 2Ch 36:21 when the people did not let it enjoy His Sabbaths. So God is only pleased with us going to church if it is a place that studies and practices His ways. Then He may be there.
If we want to be Godly, realise we should all be IS-RAEL-I. A member of His, GOD’s, nation which He formed in Exodus. Many joined hat nation because of that nation’s God. They took up citizenship for various reasons as told in the Heirs of the Promise article. Being in that nation means being governed by and following the laws of its leader, YHWH God. Whether we are in the present earthly version or the future new heaven and earth version being an IS-RAEL-I gives us rights to His protection and inheritance.
God never divided the people into separate nations. Noah’s sons did that after coming off the ark in Genesis 10. The division was those who obeyed Him and those who did not. For that reason He gave the former a name after the person Jacob / Israel. That single division still exist, IS-RAEL-I or non Is-rael-i. We through our bible translations, have made the division Jew or gentile. Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Remember “children” is used in the widest sense. All are called to enter into the new city of Rev 21. Rev 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. Rev 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. Rev 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Sin defiles. Sin is transgression of the leader of the kingdom’s laws. That leader being God 1Jn_3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
To get into the kingdom you have to take up or be given citizenship. No leader knowingly takes into its kingdom known criminals. Neither does God take in unrepented and unforgiven sinners. Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Our reward is according to our work. Let us put all reasons aside and together work to make everyone an IS-RAEL-I, citizen of God’s kingdom in the present and future. The entry requirement being not hearing of Him, singing to about Him or even possessing a spiritual gift; but “they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.
God did not divide the human race, they divided themselves. Some like Abraham by following Him and others by not. Yet He wants and tries for all to be one again. All are invited to repent and return to the fold. On the other hand, the devil causes divisions. He does it with marriages and did it with Adam and Eve. Note he did not go to Adam and Eve; but only Eve. Putting in her mind a thought or words to say to Adam. Stirred up trouble and stayed in the background all innocent and blameless as if Eve’s words and actions has nothing to do with him. People of the devil are the same. They have something against another person, envy jealousy etc in secret tell it to a third party and leave them to go and perform an action. Either stop talking to a person, break away or other change physical or in the mind. If someone has something against another the bible teaches WE go directly to that person, leaving our offering at the altar before asking for it to be accepted by God. Also if someone tells you something about a third person, we should share it and its source with the person concerned to determine whether it is true by hearing both sides. That way the truth or proof may come out like in a court room with both sides and a judge.
Had Adam asked Eve to prove her theology that they would be wise, the error may not have happened, they would have remained in the garden and we may not have been where we are. All because prove of theology was not discussed. Similarly because each person thinks they can read their bible and get the truth, they may never find out until too late it was their truth not God’s. Iron sharpens iron. Two heads are better than one. Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
The devil and the devilish have put and continue to put divisions between bible readers. They do not even follow what they are reading “1Th 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good”. Prove and good are comparative terms. It means putting one thing against another or others. No wonder instead of becoming Real about our faith we are becoming people with forms of holiness. Self interest, self right and righteous. Seeing others in error; but leaving them that way rather than endeavour to share and correct. It seems the only time there is unity between seekers is when both are walking in the same common error of understanding. Thank goodness God is the total opposite.
Psa 53:2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Psa 53:3 Everyone of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psa 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?
Apparently not. Because unlike God who saw us in ignorance and came to teach and save us so that we become one by coming together. We do the opposite, as the devil does, and separate apart. Luk_10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Did Yahshua agree with either the Saducees or Pharisees? No. He said the teach traditions of men instead of the unpolluted commandments of God. That in trying to convert people they make them twice the sinner instead. Yet as his manner was He was in the temple with them every Sabbath and other days. Once converted to the sect of the Nazarene, did the apostles including Paul stop mixing with Pharisees or Sadducees? No. Again as their manner was they continued to worship with them. So this separation concept for differences has no biblical precedent from God nor people of God. Again, if it is not of God, of whom is it? People of God are not those who go to a church; but who God calls my people. That is a term He uses for children who at least keep His worship days and practices. Not man’s days or practices.
What we believe many times differ from the facts. The recent elections in the USA, France and U.K had people believing one party would win with a landslide. The fact turned out to be different. In Mat 7:21 many came with a belief they would get into the kingdom. The fact was they did not. Let us aim for facts and truth not belief. Those aiming for facts and truth are not concerned or embarrassed to be proven wrong. To them it is a blessing that could save their soul. Unlike those in 1 Cor 10:12, they do not compare themselves with those of the same belief; but with those of opposing views. They will either learn they are right or wrong or a bit of both.
I remember a children’s game called “Simon Says”. It is a game where one child tells others in the game to do many different things as stand on one leg, pat their head, hop on the spot etc. They are only to do it if prefixed with “Simon Says”. Those who are caught out by doing instructions without “Simon Says” are out of the game. God has told us many things. Most seekers have stopped doing most of them when God did not say stop. We inherited traditions, man’s invented theologies and lies to stop. Now are out of the game and kingdom; but will not know it until judgment day. We individually may not be able to discover all the lies, traditions etc unless we unite to study to make ourselves approved not segregate. I pray God’s the spirit of unity will fill us all and bring us to learning and being our brother’s keeper.
Somme Points For AFTERNOON discussion
- Everything in the world is about “I” even in God’s church when He made it a we, one congregation not many individuals. In Num 25:6 when an individual brought a Midianitish woman into the camp, or in Jos 7:20 when Achan coveted the spoil of the Babylonians, or in 2 Sam 24:10 when David numbered the people did got only punish the individual “I” or the congregation “we”. We need to take the “I do not belief that” mindset out and replace with I do not think “WE should believe that”. One congregation, one remnant. I can continue with numerous examples of how Yahshua went after the one sheep to bring them back to the fold so they are one flock eating of the same pasture (theology) not individual sheep scattered to find grass or not.
In the world, they know how to persevere to accomplish a joint decision i.e. a criminal court case. The jury listens to all the facts and opinions from each side. It could be a one day or three months trial. Then they sit together going over what they heard, discussing and reasoning until they get a joint verdict. Do Christian do that. No. Whenever a point of difference comes up, a new church is born with its own unique individual belief.
- Boxing, and similar combat or competitive sports. The individual or team go out to prove they are the best. The manager of trainer than his method works better than the other manager’s. Once the point is proven they are good friends and work together etc. Not with Christians and their various beliefs.
- When Yahshua asked in Mat 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? It was because He knew people and the disciples had different opinions. Yet He did not dwelve on them. He realised God had revealed something to Peter He had not revealed to others. He never told Peter to leave the rest. In fact He said Luk_22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
What He asked for the immediate is the keeping the commandments of God which includes holy convocation in the temple or synagogues with those who ALSO keep the Sabbaths, and feast days. The rest they will learn as it says in Acts 15:21 gradually as they meet and read the laws every Sabbath day. Where they can discuss as example in Act_13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. What is not learnt that week or any differences, people can go away and study or reflect and return the next week to share. If they have the courage and mindset to return as those in Act 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Paul did not shy away from disputes whether with Peter or others. It was not about him; but Rom 15:8 to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
- The bible says children obey and honour your parents. Yahshua in Mat 10:35 and 37 said he came to set parents and children at variance against each other. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. There comes a time when God expects children to honour Him above parents. Whether than age is 20 or other I won’t say. But the warning is not to follow a parent’s advice to your destruction before God. We may know not to follow a husband who gives ungodly advice, we should also know to apply the same to parents rather than use the honour parent excuse.
People keep focusing on the future, being a prophet and prophesying. God instructed us to live in the present not the future as tomorrow is not promised to anyone. We know not when Messiah is returning. When God through His very few specifically appointed prophets made a prophecy it was not for our focus or copy; but to know that He was and is God who can predict the future. Through that have faith in His promise not begin to focus of the prophecy as Israel focused on the serpent pole. As Paul admonished them everyone has a tongue, prophecy, gift but no charity or love. What will be will be according to God’s appointed time and plan our job is to preach the commanded word of God not speculation about end times. An individual’s end time could be any second now regardless of who is the mark of the beast etc.
Jer_23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
Jer_23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
Pro 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but YHWH weigheth the spirits. Pro 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. Pro 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Pro 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.