The Wise And The “Learned”
Read Daniel Chapter 12
Da 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
No, this isn’t going to be about the end times. There is no way that I will tackle that subject. It is too complicated and I am not sure anyone has a complete handle on it. Maybe someday. There is a hidden idea within this passage, though, which could easily be overlooked. That will be our topic for today.
There is a contrast here, between those who will be delivered and those who will not. Verse 3 says that the “wise” will shine like the brightness of the heavens. Who are the wise? There is a simple answer to that question. The wise are those who have believed in the Father and the Son, and followed that up by believing (and at least attempting to obey) their words. Much of the book of Proverbs is written about wisdom, and how God’s children will seek God’s wisdom rather than relying on their own. You and I are among those who are wise. We can know that because we have believed God’s word as it relates to homosexuality. We didn’t necessarily like what we read and heard about it, but we knew that God’s wisdom far exceeds our own. For that reason, we are waging war with our fleshly desires; that is God’s will for our lives.
Then there is the other side of the picture. There will be many who will spend eternity in “shame and everlasting contempt.” Who are those people? Do you see it in this passage? We know who they are, but there is something in this passage which describes and marks out many of those who will not enjoy their resurrection. In verse 4, Daniel is told to “close up and seal the words of the scroll.” I can’t say for certain, but I believe the end of verse 4 exposes something which will trap much of mankind in their sins, in such a way that they will not be able to escape.
“Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.” Where do Christians go to find real knowledge? We go to God’s word. They realize that any thoughts from the mind of man are very often incorrect, whereas God’s word is always correct and always will be our beacon, our secure source of light and light. In today’s theological world, there are many who are not satisfied with what it clearly seen in our bible. Men who find something within it, and don’t like what is seen, will go far and wide to find something which will not require them to change their way of life.
A person who does not wish to believe and adhere to God’s truth will go here and there to increase his knowledge, but his knowledge will be of no value at the end. The scroll will be “sealed up” to all who have refused to believe. Our Lord gives mankind a choice. If he doesn’t want to believe, God will allow him to be fooled and misguided by his own intellect. God’s word is open and available to those who wish to follow Jesus, but closed up to anyone who refuses to accept it as truth.
1Co 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
Pr 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
It is more imperative than ever before. We must continue to place our trust and faith in God and His word. It is timeless, true, without flaw, and contains all we need to guide us to the completion of our journey toward eternal life. As long as we are content to align ourselves with the wisdom of our Creator, we have no reason to be concerned over what will happen to us at the end time.
Prayer: Thank You for the knowledge and wisdom that is found in You and Your word. And, we thank You that You have revealed Your truth to us. Keep us humble and completely reliant upon Truth.