Need to Know?


Where ignorance is necessary

Some things we are not meant to know. The Lord revealed many things about the future to Daniel, who then asked the angel who had spoken to him, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” The angel answered, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time” (Daniel 12:8-9; see 1 Peter 1:10-12).

When Jesus revealed the manner in which Peter would one day die, Peter wanted to know about his fellow disciple John: “Lord, and what about this man?”

Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (John 21:18-23). In other words, it was none of Peter’s business.

The apostles asked Jesus, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He answered, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority . . .” (Acts 1:6-7).

Earlier Jesus had said of His return, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36). Even so, this doesn’t stop the date-setters!

Where knowledge is sufficient

There are many things we might love to know, but the Bible does not satisfy our curiosity. And yet we can know what we most need to know: how to live in this world and prepare for the next. So let’s go with what we know and be content to be ignorant in those areas where we don’t need to know.

“. . . His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness . . .” (2 Peter 1:3).

And that’s more than enough.


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