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Pastor Dave Hwang
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
"I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What is crooked cannot be straightened;
    what is lacking cannot be counted.

I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
    the more knowledge, the more grief."

The Vanity of Wisdom or Knowledge

Priestly [The Law], Prophetic [The Prophets], Wisdom [The Wise Men]
Everyday living, and how God's Word applied

Healthy understanding of who God is when these channels were unified.

Isaiah 29:13-14
People who have "wisdom" apart from intimacy with God

Wise men's words were for bettering their lives rather than a relationship with God.
Reducing faith in God to a formula of health and wealth.

Book of Job- prime example
Rejects knowledge, and wisdom reduced to fortune cookie sayings.

Ecclesiastes
False wisdom in the context of prosperity.

In the church and our lives, the amazing wisdom of God has been dissected from the genuine and rich, and reassembled into something tacky.

Truth about God separated from the heart of God.

The vanity of wisdom: Knowledge about God, wisdom taken from God but eschewing God Himself.

Anchoring knowledge to an intimacy and love for God.

Our sole purpose in life: To love God and love others as Christ loved us.

Prosperity gives us false satisfaction so that we're too full to want to love and know God.

Our faith becomes a matter of tradition.

Professional Christianity
Christianity as a production without heart.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
God has put eternity in our hearts.
We will only be satisfied with God.

II Corinthians 8:1
Knowledge puffs up.

Knowledge away from God is a heavy burden.
Wisdom apart from God yields grief.

We have been created for God's Living Water and will only be satisfied with it.

Back to the place where faith was fresh
Go back to the place of the Gospel: A Reset Button to get us back on the right track.

Sober judgement about ourselves.

Romans 12:1-3
I Timothy
You have forsaken your First Love.

I want The Answer: JESUS

Knowing a lot is vastly different from knowing God.

Personal note:
I have a thirst for knowledge.
He loves that about me.
But he wants me to thirst for knowledge about Him.
For the love of Him.


All sermons I post from Jubillee Church in Seoul can be found HERE.

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