Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kierkegaard: the value of knowledge

Sunday, November 29, 2015
    Advent I
    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
    When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.
    “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
    ”‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”
    —Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV)
    What a contrast! The three kings had only a rumor to go by. But it moved them to make that long journey. The scribes were much better informed. They sat and studied the Scriptures like so many dons, but it did not make them move. Who had the more truth? The three kings who followed a rumor, or the scribes who remained sitting with all their knowledge?
    ... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Meditations from Kierkegaard, Westminster Press, 1955, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 2:1-6; Ps. 72:9-12; Isa. 60:1-3; Matt. 2:9-12; Mark 5:36; John 5:39-40
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, knowing You is better than all knowledge.
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