Globalisation & The Age of Knowledge

That was the title of today’s sermon. The Scripture text for the sermon was Daniel 12:1 -10, with a focus on verse 4:

But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

In a nutshell, I think this is what he was trying to say:

  • Background: Daniel was a prophet on the end times. In Matthew 24, the famous passage about the signs of the end of the age, Daniel is referenced (v15). Here, in Daniel 12, God is talking to him about the end times.
  • We are living in the end times (evidence – increase of natural calamities and other disasters since the tsunami of 2004).
  • “Many shall run to and fro”: in the end times, many people will be interested in what God has to say about the end (presumably compared to the few who were interested in Daniel’s time).
  • “and knowledge shall increase”: because people are searching, knowledge will increase. God will reveal (and is revealing) more to us.
  • As knowledge increases, evil also increases — some translations have “evil” or “troubles” in place of “knowledge”
  • Question: Are we increasing our knowledge as much as we can with our human ability and then also asking God to add understanding to that knowledge? We must.
  • That knowledge is not just for ourselves, but also to enable us to carry out the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20).
  • We must pursue wisdom, because it is the wise who will lead others to righteousness. (v3)

Yup. That’s what I interpreted it as, anyway… The importance of not only acquiring knowledge, but also letting it be refined by the Holy Spirit in us, and used to the glory of God.

Thought I would put this here since I’m supposed to be using this space to that end… Haven’t been using it very well though, have I? I’ve got lots of thoughts in my head I’ve been meaning to get out here, but… Ah. This shall change.

In other news, today was a good day. (: Song for the day: Awakening – Chris Tomlin. Youtube it. It’s good stuff. (:

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