Proverbs 22:12

The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

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True knowledge is eternal. Jehovah God of the Bible has had all of it from the beginning (Pr 8:22-31). He will preserve all knowledge forever (Ps 119:152,160). But He despises the arrogant thoughts of the wicked (Ps 119:113). He will destroy and humiliate them by exposing their words as lies and their thoughts as hallucinations (I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20).

The eyes of the LORD are a metonym for His providence in the affairs of men. Eyes are used for His providence, because they are the human sense that perceives and guides, and this usage is easily found elsewhere in Scripture (II Chron 16:9; Ps 32:8; Zech 4:10). The God of heaven has committed His government of the universe to the preservation of true knowledge and the revealing of it to His children. You should thank Him gratefully.

But the dreadful and terrible God is just as committed to expose and destroy the thoughts and words of sinners. He is committed to blind, confuse, deceive, harden, and damn those who reject the knowledge He offers in creation, providence, conscience, and Scripture. Do you know the God of the Bible? Most preachers have replaced sound doctrine with entertainment and fables to scratch the itching lusts of carnal Christians (II Tim 4:1-4).

Introduce yourself to the God of the Bible, Who will do exactly as described above, by reading any two of these passages: I Kgs 22:1-40; Job 5:8-14; 12:14-25; Ps 147:19-20; Is 8:13-16; 19:11-17; 29:9-16; Jer 4:9-10; Ezek 14:1-11; Matt 11:25-27; 13:10-15; 15:12-14; John 12:37-41; Rom 1:18-32; I Cor 1:17-24; 3:19-20; II Thess 2:9-12; I Pet 2:6-8. There are more passages, but these should get the sober point across to noble readers.

Pharaoh, the greatest ruler on earth, told Moses, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” Famous last words! After destroying Egypt, killing all their firstborn, giving their wealth to Israel, and drowning Pharoah and his army in the Red Sea, the world knew the LORD. God had blessed Pharaoh’s life and rise to power just for this event (Ex 9:16; Rom 9:17). In fact, He told Moses beforehand exactly how the event would play out (Ex 14:4,17; Rom 9:18).

On March 31, 1912 the Harland and Wolff shipyard in England had finished their finest project. In just two years, 1000 workers had built the world’s largest and finest ship. So confident were the architects and workers that some called the ship unsinkable and said, “Not even God Himself could sink this ship.” Famous last words! Two weeks later the Titanic was in two pieces at the bottom of the North Atlantic with the loss of 1507 lives. Great human confidence, wealthy luminaries, and many children did not move the Lord.

God has reserved knowledge to Himself, which are His secret things, but He has also revealed much for His people to learn and do (Deut 29:29). He inspired men to write the Bible, and then He preserved its copying and translating so that His knowledge is available for those who will read it (Ps 12:6-7; 45:1; Is 30:8; II Tim 3:16-17; I Pet 1:25; II Pet 1:19-21). He prepares men to preach His word and form churches, which are the defense and support of knowledge on earth (Jer 3:15; Eph 4:8-16; I Tim 3:15; Jude 1:3).

Education can be a handicap for finding true knowledge (Matt 11:25-27; I Cor 1:19-20; 3:19-20; I Tim 6:3-5,20-21). The hallucinations of educated men have created many absurdities. Here are a few: the universe and animate, reproducing life in it resulted from a chaotic expansion of inanimate energy; mankind evolved from monkeys that evolved from slime, capital punishment is not a deterrent, sodomy is normal, men and women are equal, the greatest love is self-love, Picasso was an artist, deficit spending is good, war helps economies, corporal punishment warps children, polling students has value, etc.

Though great efforts have been made by secular and religious powers to destroy Bible Christianity, it is still represented in most every city on every continent. Bibles have been burned, ministers and believers imprisoned or put to death, threats issued, counterfeit doctrines created, religion ridiculed, and worldly temptations offered. But the eyes of the LORD have preserved His knowledge and His people in the earth. All glory to God!

What is the lesson? There is only one place to go for knowledge – the Creator God and His Bible. All other thinking is total darkness (Is 8:20; Ps 119:128). The information explosion has not helped at all, for men are ever learning without any truth (II Tim 3:1-7). Humble yourself before the God of heaven and beg Him to teach you true knowledge. Seek out a true preacher of the word that you might have help in learning (Acts 8:30-35).