Parents are to be the first and most important educators of their own children, diligently teaching them the Word of God. [See Deuteronomy 6:4-9.] Parents cannot franchise their responsibility to the congregation, no matter how faithful and biblical it may be. God assigned parents this non-negotiable responsibility, and children must see their Christian parents as teachers and fellow students of God’s Word.There are many good resources available to help parents “mine” the Word of God with their children. The new Fighter Verses Study Guide is one of these resources. How does it help in the mining process? Here is an example from Fighter Verse 4:
Part 1: In Awe of God
God’s Wisdom and Knowledge
Think about an incident or situation in which you or another person responded with amazement or awe, perhaps a time when you saw someone doing an amazing stunt. What caused that feeling of, “Wow, that is incredible!”? The apostle Paul had the same sense of awe, but for a totally different reason. This is how he expressed his awe:
Romans 11:33-36—Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" 35"Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" 36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
- What is Paul in awe of?
- What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge?
Here is one illustration that shows the difference between knowledge and wisdom:
- Knowledge is knowing that motorcycles can be dangerous. Wisdom is having the good sense to wear a helmet and to drive carefully.
Complete the "wisdom part" of the next few examples.
- Knowledge is knowing that icy roads can be slippery. Wisdom is...
- Knowledge is understanding that if you disobey your parents you will be punished. Wisdom is...
- Knowledge is understanding that paint can stain a wooden table. Wisdom is...
Wisdom is taking your knowledge and making good decisions and right actions because of what you know. It is taking the information you have and making a good choice in what you do.
Paul understands that God has more than just knowledge. God uses the knowledge He has to make good decisions. That is why he says:
Romans 11:33b—How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
- What does unsearchable mean?
- God’s judgments—or His decisions and plans—are so wise that we can’t even understand the goodness and rightness of them. They are “inscrutable” or mysterious to us.
- We cannot clearly understand the ways of God. His understanding is so great that we wouldn’t understand an explanation of why God does what He does. We just wouldn’t “get it.”
- When we say, "Oh, my!" what does that mean?
- What does Paul mean by the expression, “Oh, the depth…”?
- “The depth” shows Paul’s amazement at the extent or the amount. He is in awe of how much wisdom and knowledge God has.