“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
The Sadducees came to Jesus and attempted to present a question to him that He couldn’t answer. Their question was a ridiculous one in the first place because it was about something that was unlikely to happen. They asked Jesus that if a man married a woman and she died, and then his brother took her to wife and he also died, leaving the last brother to marry her, they asked Him whose wife she would be in the resurrection. The answer that Jesus gave was an answer that revealed the greatest knowledge a person could obtain. Jesus said, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” The biggest mistake the Sadducees made was that they were more interested in answers that really didn’t make a difference in life.
My friend, Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees reveals the greatest mistake that many believers make. Jesus said that knowing the Scriptures and God’s power is the greatest knowledge that one can have. In other words, you can acquire knowledge about the affairs of this world, but you are making a big mistake if you don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God. He was saying that a person can have many degrees bestowed upon them from learning institutions, but the knowledge learned to get the degrees are of no value if that person doesn’t get to know the Scriptures or God’s power. Let me point out a couple of lessons to help you avoid making this great mistake.
First, knowing the Scriptures and God’s power is an intimate knowledge of these things. To know something is to spend time with it. You cannot know the Scriptures if you don’t spend much time in them. Too many people spend more time in digital media and worldly affairs when they should spend much time getting to know the Scriptures.
Moreover, knowing the power of God means that you have God’s power. If you spent more time in prayer seeking God’s power, you would know what it means to be filled with His power. You will never know the power of God if you never spend time with God in prayer. God’s power doesn’t fall on prayerless believers, but it only falls on those believers who abide in the closet of prayer.
Second, you will make many errors in life if you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power. The biggest reason many make a mess of their life is because they don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power. You could truly avoid many of the mistakes that others make if you would purposely spend time getting to know the Scriptures and God’s power.
Third, you will never know the Scriptures or God’s power on minimal timing. You get to know a person by spending time with them. When I got married to my wife, I thought I knew her, but now that we have been married for many years I can say that I know her much more than I did the day I married her. Likewise, the more you spend time in the Scriptures and prayer, the more you will know the mind of God and His power which will keep you from making tragic mistakes in life.
Let me ask you; do you really know the Scriptures and the power of God or are you just acquainted with them? Don’t be guilty of making the biggest mistake that many make in only being acquainted with the Scriptures and God’s power, but make it your quest to know these things.