The Scriptures tell us that in the End Time Days, only the wise shall understand. (Daniel 12:8-10).
What makes ‘the wise’ so privileged? What makes ‘the wise’ different from others??
The Proverbs tell us:
“The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a chattering fool shall fall.” (Proverbs 10:8)
“Hear (‘hearken to’) counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.” (Proverbs 19:20)
The above verses tell us that the wise will receive commandments and instruction, and they will hearken to (hear and obey) counsel. This describes one who is teachable.
How does one become teachable?
Let us look at a few clues that will help us become teachable.
Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] said these words:
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
In this verse, Yahushua was comparing the effects of the wind to the moving of the Holy Spirit.
Just as the wind blows upon the grass, making the grass to gently bend over, so also –
… when the Holy Spirit moves upon a person,
… if that person is teachable — they will have a bend-able and yielded disposition, and then that person will be changed, and can be guided by the Holy Spirit. This describes teachable-ness — a bendable and yielded disposition.
Being teachable means we will be sensitive to the influences [the ‘wind’] of the Holy Spirit, willing to follow His leading.
Being teachable makes us able to hear, listen, and receive the life-changing Words of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
This is the wonderful consequence of being teachable!
Being teachable — a characteristic of the WISE — helps us to ‘bend with the wind’ of the Holy Spirit, just like beach grass bending in the ocean breeze.
His Word and His Spirit
Yahuwah’s Words and His Spirit are closely related:
By the word of Yahuwah [the LORD] were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath [spirit] of His mouth. (Psalms 33:6)
Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, . . . It is the spirit that quickens (makes alive); the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
The above verses reveal the tremendous power of Yahuwah’s Words — that His Words and His Spirit [breath] are one and the same!
Whenever we read or hear God’s Words [that is, the Scriptures], we are exposing ourselves to the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit.
If we are willing to receive the Words of the Bible, if we are willing to be taught by Father’s Words, then the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit can move upon us, and guide us — and we will be changed for the better.
A willing heart, a thirsty soul, wants to be teachable. Thirsty Souls want to receive the influences of the Holy Spirit, they want the wisdom of God’s Words!
What are some clues to learning to be teachable?
Only the Wise Will Understand
Teachableness is something we acquire as we gain God’s wisdom and understanding.
Gaining God’s wisdom and understanding are essential ingredients for acquiring a teachable heart.
Gaining God’s wisdom is especially needed during the End Time Days, because only the wise (discerning) will understand (Daniel 12:9-10)!!
I am not talking about education or general knowledge. Education and knowledge can not impart wisdom, understanding, and discernment. It is only through the Word of God that we gain God’s wisdom and understanding and discernment (Hebrews 4:12).
In the turmoil of the End Times, only the wise and discerning will have the understanding needed for walking with God, being guided by His Holy Spirit through the great difficulties. Why? Because they will have a teach-able heart, and will thus acquire the needed wisdom from Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] and His Word.
We are living in a time when there is a great need for God’s wisdom and understanding, and for discerning truth from error.
Yahushua told us that in the End Time Days, there will be much deception — so much deception that there shall arise false Messiahs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect! (Matthew 24:24).
Deception will be a dominanting feature of the End Times!
Nowadays it seems there are FEW we can trust! Yahushua warned us:
- “Beware that no one deceive you! … many shall be deceived!” (Matthew 24:4-5).
Very few have The Necessary Understanding of what is Truth — the Truth that is pure, right, good, and eternal — truth that imparts understanding and is a safe-guard against deception!
But . . . the WISE shall understand:
And I heard, but I understood not:
then said I, O my Lord,
what shall be the end of these things?
And He said, Go thy way, Daniel:
for the words are closed up and sealed
till the time of the end.
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried;
but the wicked shall do wickedly:
and none of the wicked shall understand;
but the wise shall understand.
One thing this passage teaches is that if we are among those who do not understand, then perhaps we should ask ourselves ‘Why?’
The warning from this Scripture is that none of the wicked shall understand!
Understanding is needed for us to be wise, and to avoid wickedness!
How can we gain the needed understanding, so that we can be wise and teachable in these troubling days — so that we can be guided by the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit, and avoid the rampant deception?
Only the Scriptures can give us the answer!
The Example of Noah’s Day
In Noah’s day, out of the multitudes of people, only eight souls came into the ark! Only a handful had the understanding and wisdom to walk with God and escape destruction!
Noah’s example teaches us that the understanding and wisdom needed for the End Time Days is a very rare possession!!
If we truly desire to be among The Wise — those who shall understand — then we must seek for understanding diligently, and literally cry out to the eternal Yahuwah for His wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 2:1-6).
Noah’s day is a picture of the End Time Days (Matthew 24:37-42; Luke 17:26-30).
In Noah’s day, the multitudes arrogantly scorned and mocked and rejected the lovingkindness and truth of God. The multitudes refused to be teachable, refused to seek God’s Word, and then do the simple and humble actions of repentance!
And just as it was in Noah’s day, so it is true in our day!
In our day, only a handful of people will have the understanding for the End Time Days. Only a handful will truly know what it means to walk with God (Psalms 14:2).
Only a few among the multitudes, are hungering and thirsting for the eternal truth of Yahuwah. Only a few are searching for understanding and wisdom. Only a few Thirsty Souls are seeking God and His Word with all their heart.
The Simplicity of Repentance
In the End Time Days, those with understanding will seek the Word of God and will learn what the prophet Job tells us about the KEY to gaining understanding!
Job tells us . . . understanding comes to us when . . .
… we ‘depart from evil’!
Or, in other words, understanding comes when we ‘turn from our wicked ways’ (Job 28:12-28; 2Chronicles 7:14).
‘Depart from evil’ and ‘Turn from our wicked ways’ — both are phrases describing what it means to repent.
More clearly defined, repentance simply means to stop doing what is right in our own eyes, and begin doing what delights God, what is right in His eyes!
This is not difficult to do. It is as simple as following the directions listed on a package for a cake mix.
All of us have followed directions required for many different things — following a recipe, filling out a doctor’s office form, learning to use a camera, installing a small appliance, completing a task. We consider and look at the instructions, and we start with Step One.
How many of us have regretted not following the directions and instructions given?!?
How many of us have wished we had humbled ourselves, wished we had been teachable, and followed the instructions from the beginning?
The Human Machine
Following instructions is what brings understanding!
The same is true for us as human beings. We are creatures in need of instructions! Why? Because we were created by and FOR Yahuwah Elohim, the One who dwells in eternity!
We have been called unto fellowship with Him:
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of His Son Yahushua Messiah our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9)
Understanding comes to us when . . . we begin doing what we were designed for — to love Yahuwah Elohim, the ever-lasting Creator of heaven and earth; loving Him with all our heart, and loving others also.
Yahuwah created us and gave us an Instruction Manual, an Operator’s Guide called The Holy Bible, for maximum, effective, and meaningful functioning.
Followers of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] have found the place of understanding, wisdom, and contentment because they have humbled themselves and have started seeking God’s Word and are following the Bible – The Instruction Manual! They rejoice with gratefulness because they have discovered the Key to gaining understanding! They have chosen to obey God’s Word and do the simple steps of repentance.
The Bible reveals the three very simple steps of repentance: 1) humbling ourselves, and 2) learning to do what is right in God’s sight (as written in the Bible), and 3) learning what is needed (as written in the Bible) to depart from evil.
These steps are the pathway to understanding and to Yahuwah’s wisdom! These steps are the clues we need to help us be teachable, patient, and yielded to the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit.
What is Wickedness?
If we are puzzled and lack understanding, if we need to find that place of true wisdom and understanding, then let us begin to consider our dilemma, and give attention to doing God’s wisdom, as revealed by the prophet Job:
- “to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28)!!
The simplicity of this instruction is profound!!
Job’s instruction is exactly what we need in our quest for understanding!
Let us consider what God’s Word teaches about ‘evil’ or ‘wickedness.’
There are many Scriptures that give a clear understanding of what evil, or wickedness, actually is.
Wickedness is not only doing something that is ‘really bad!’
Psalms 50:16-17 is a good description of what ‘the wicked’ do.
- The wicked hate instruction [correction, discipline] and they cast God’s Words away, turning their back on His Words.
In other words, the ‘wicked’ are not teachable!
Thus the wicked will not understand — they do not have the needed wisdom to understand the lovingkindness, the judgment, and the righteousness of Yahuwah [the LORD].
Simply put, when any of us, at any time, reject God’s Word and His instructions, then that is wickedness!
No matter how small the matter may be, if we reject God’s Word, then we are turning our back on Him. As a result, we begin to make our own understanding of greater importance than the Words of the Bible.
Father God warns us to not do that!
He tells us, “Lean not unto [do not trust in] your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
When we make our own understanding to be of greater importance than God’s WORD, then we begin to be puffed up with pride, and we actually lose and diminish in understanding; we lose discernment and good judgment; we lose our ability to be teachable.
The result is that we begin to lean on the subtle and crafty and corrupt wisdom of this world, which is harmful to us, and is foolishness in God’s eyes (1Corinthians 2:13-14; 3:19).
No One Exempt
There is no one exempt from this kind of prideful thinking and behaviour. All of us are guilty, at various times, of trusting in our own understanding, and rejecting Yahuwah’s instructions. Many times, we do not even realize that we are rejecting Father’s Words of instructions.
But our earnest cry must be, “Help me Father, to be among the wise, and to be teachable!”
It is the wise who will seek God and His Word, and will take the three steps of repentance, as mentioned above.
It is the wise who will choose to depart from evil.
Steps 1, 2, 3
If we desire to be among the wise, then the very first step is to humble ourselves by earnestly seeking Yahushua Messiah, who shed His blood, giving Himself as the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1John 2:1-2). We must humble ourselves by talking to the heavenly Father, in the name of His Son, and admit our need for His forgiveness, His understanding, and then begin to study His Word for ourselves!
Perhaps we may have already taken this first step of humbling ourselves before Him, and receiving His forgiveness. HalleluYah!!
But this first step is only the starting point of a journey we must all take.
This first step is necessary for all who would be wise.
After this first step, we must continue to seek the Saviour, by prayer and reading the WORD, because none of us have arrived at perfection yet.
We need to humble ourselves every day by praying frequently for a teachable heart, a heart willing to read and receive Father’s instructions and corrections from His Word, and thus gain in understanding His lovingkindness (Psalms 107:1-43).
Praying also for a grateful heart is another important clue in helping us to gain an understanding heart (Psalms 100:1-5; 116:1-19).
If we desire to be among the wise, then we must regularly study the Operator’s Guide [the Bible] for instruction, and receive the needed correction.
This is the on-going practice of ‘the wise’. We read God’s Word over and over, so that we will have His Word firmly planted in our heart. And we also begin to adjust our lives to be in agreemnt with His Word. This is how we learn to bend with the ‘wind’ of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
By hiding Father’s Word in our heart we eventually gain the wisdom and understanding that King David learned:
- “For I have kept the ways of Yahuwah [the LORD], and have not wickedly departed from my God.” (Psalms 18:21)
Yes, it is true that the wise are tried and tested, as stated in the passage from Daniel. But the testings are to purify us and make us blameless, harmless children of the eternal God — children who possess the understanding to shine as lights in this troubled world (Philippians 2:14-16).
The trials, the pressures, the loneliness — all of these work together to conform us into the likeness of Yahuwah’s Son, and prepare us for His appearing.
If we can maintain our bend-able, yielded, teachable attitude towards God’s Word, then the testings help us learn to be more teachable, gaining more patience and wisdom from Father’s instructions and corrections. Little by little, we learn how to depart from evil, and then we gain more wisdom and understanding, becoming a shining light of Yahuwah’s truth to a fallen world.
Enduring to The End
Father wants to give His children the understanding and the wisdom that is from above, guiding us by His Word, and leading us by the ‘wind’ of His Holy Spirit.
Yahuwah’s lovingkindness is available to all who will choose to seek His Word, love His Word, and follow His Instructions! (For insights into some of Father’s simple intructions, search the Articles on this site.)
The Wise will be quick to receive Father’s Word, and be teachable to its influences, being grateful for all His benefits.
Let us become bend-able, just as beach grass — sensitive to soft, ocean breezes.
We need God’s love and faith and patience if we are going to endure to the end. We need the understanding that comes from Him alone!
The understanding that comes from God’s WORD is how we learn to be led by His Holy Spirit, and to avoid deception.
Those with God’s understanding, will have a soft, teach-able heart.
Those with God’s understanding, will love and heed God’s Word, and depart from evil.
Those who depart from evil become wise!
As a result, they will have the needed wisdom for these End Time Days!
And they will know with certainty, why it is that only the wise shall understand!
- The Key to Gaining Understanding
- Wisdom’s Call
- Walking in Newness of Life
- Characteristics of the Wise Virgins-Part 1
- Acquiring a Teachable Heart
- The Word – Or The Spirit?
- Beauty of Repentance – Come clean before God!
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible – excellent guidelines for learning how to study God’s Word for ourselves