Cna yuo raed tihs? fi yuo cna
raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid
Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and we awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Our brains are such weird things, well not as weird as they are marvelous. Can you read the message above? Was it hard or easy? I can only speak for me and those folks around the office that I tried this on and it was amazing how little effort it took to ‘decode’ the mumble/jumble of those letters. I surprised myself and they were shocked how our brains could take just the slightest suggestion of a word and make sense out of it. The brain just ‘knows’ what to do and how to do it. That kind of knowledge fascinates me. It makes me think that, if we can get just a glimpse of God, that hint will help us ‘know’ Him. Of course the interpreter of that kind of knowledge is the Spirit of God. The Spirit reveals to our hearts the nature and character of God, just like our brain figures out the complexity of the letters above for us.
That kind of knowledge was a big deal for the Apostle Paul, praying that we might be filled with the knowledge of God. Peter prayed that Grace and Peace be multiplied to us through the knowledge of God that ‘according as His divine power (God) has given to us all things that pertain to Life and Godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called us to Glory and Virtue.’ He linked virtue to knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience and to patience godliness, to godliness kindness and to kindness charity. And, if those things be in you they make you neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of God. But if you lack those things they make you blind and unable to see that God purged you from Sin. (2Peter 1: 1-9) John taught us to know the Truth and the Truth will make you Free. (John 8:32) Christ said that if we had known him we should have known his Father, and if we really could perceive who he (Christ) was we should be able to perceive Who the Father was. (John 14:7) Hosea promised us that for a ‘lack of Knowledge’ of Him that people perish (experience calamity).
Knowledge is a big deal. Now I don’t just mean study knowledge. I don’t mean things learned from hours of thought and an accumulation of tapes, books and conferences. Timothy said that religious believers were constantly learning, yet never coming to the knowledge of Him, possessing a zeal for God but without knowledge (Romans 10:2). How can that be? If you go back to the beginning, we get a clue as to what God was ‘dreaming about’ when He created Adam. God was looking for an intimate relationship with His creature. The complexity of God (Father, Son and Spirit) was adding to their circle with a hand out to the creature to come join them in relationship.
To help us understand the heart of God’s will (it’s a pretty profound thing to think about, really), he gave Adam Eve and created intimacy between them. The scriptures say that Adam knew Eve. It did not mean that he recognized her by her looks, or knew her because she was hanging round the house. It meant they had the capacity for intimacy; to experience one another in a way best stated as soul to soul. It is the closest relationship a man and woman can experience and it’s the most intimate experience of the creature. That’s what marriage was instituted for. It was to be the vehicle of two becoming one. Of course with our brilliant minds we turned marriage into a carnal fleshly experience, but God gave marriage to teach us of an intimacy that, while husbands and wives could experience it physically, but also and most importantly experience it in their souls. Ultimately God wanted that experience of intimacy between a man and womb-man to teach us of the intimacy of God. Destroying the purpose of marriage destroys the purpose of its ‘oneness’. There’s a spiritual unification that takes place in God’s man and woman relationships, a ‘mingling’ that teaches us about Him; it is not about the flesh but about the Spirit. God wanted the creature to know Him in the same intimacy as that of Adam knowing Eve, wanted us to know that just as man and woman would become one, that man (both kinds of man) and God would become one with us. We could become dependent and trusting enough that God could lead us, guide us, and know our every thinking. And, we would know Him to the point of unconditional Trust. That’s why I think biblical marriage is always in the bulls-eye, targeted from the beginning to be diminished, confused and destroyed. Marriage was defined in Genesis, established in the Law and continues to be challenged today, continues to be a focus of man being independent from God and doing things his way.
Knowing God is about yielding to His touch, His hug, His persuading us that He loves us with a love that passes our understanding. It’s us being intimate with God; face to face with God. If we want to know what kind of relationship God imagined with the creature, all we have to do is go back to the original relationship. God walked and talked with Adam, gave him dominion over the whole of creation and was with him in the morning light and the evening calm. That same God, because of Jesus Christ, again is accessible to walk in our lives daily; the Tree of Life, pulled from the Garden of Eden, has been planted again in the Garden of Gethsemane in the form of Christ.
While the brain may be marvelous, the Spirit of God is even more marvelous. It’s amazing to read the paragraph above and just shake our heads at the ‘weirdness’ of being able to do so. Knowing God is so much more than having read about Him or been to a conference about Him, it’s about a Knowledge, a knowing, that is so profound it has the power and a promise to make us Free! It’s knowing Him intimately because we have experienced and learned to have confidence in His promptings and His purpose. However, because we have ‘wee’ understanding much of the time, the Love of God is riddled something like the letters above. However, if you know the first and the last of God, the beginning and the end, we Know Him in a way that even without all the letters of our understanding being in the right order, the Spirit of God reveals Him to us and reveals a God inviting you to be in His presence, a God who will be there in the good times and the not so good times, 7-24 in an intimate and loving ‘oneness’. Go figure!