1 Hear ye the word which Yahweh speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
The signs of the astronomical heavens have no terrors or tokens for those who submit to Jer. x. 2.
...What can man know of the immeasurable universe, or the objects of it nearest to him? He can know a little, but his knowledge-(dressed up in imposing technology)-is apt to seem great when it is small, and accurate when it is mostly a cloud of inference and speculation.
Intellectually, he goes off in a balloon till death brings him to the ground. If a man know God, he will know all His works by and bye. The little time and sense he has now is best bestowed in getting and utilising the knowledge which will prove the key of all knowledge and the secret of all wealth and means of all well-being and joy.
It is sometimes said: "Can't he get the other as well?" Answer: He can get a little. If he set himself to get much, he will neglect the knowledge of God, as revealed in the Scriptures (and there is no other knowledge, but merely inference). Experience shows this to be the case, as best proved by the question: "Where is the great man of science who is on terms of ardent and enlightened loyality with him who said, 'This is eternal life, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent?'"
So little does human knowledge tend in this direction, that enthusiasm for Christ is regarded by all scientific men as an amiable weakness, bordering on mental disorder. Get as much knowledge as you can, my aspiring friend; but remember this, there is a knowledge that is a mere feather in the cap at which mortal gawks may open their eyes, but which is of no value to you, and which you may pay all too dear for if it lead you to neglect the counsel of the Holy One of Israel.
The Christadelphian, Sept 1887
23 O Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
As we view the state of the world, in this age of so much cleverness and so little wisdom, so much mechanical accomplishment and so little true living or understanding of life, we are deeply and sadly and thankfully impressed with the crying need for divine guidance and instruction.
Brother Growcott - She openeth her mouth with wisdom.
We need - and we should earnestly desire - specific, detailed "instruction in righteousness," for we are by nature totally ignorant and foolish, no matter how good-intentioned.
We must realize that by nature we are absolutely ignorant. We are stupid. The flesh can never of itself rise above its native stupidity. Unaided from above, we can never think or do right. The Bible plainly tells us this, and accepting it is the first step in the way of wisdom and life.
Before we can do God's will, we must first learn what it is. It will not come to us naturally (though so many presumptuously assume that if they do what they think is right, then God must surely be pleased). But the natural thoughts of our blind flesh are the very opposite of God's holy thoughts. Jesus said-
"That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination with God" (Lk. 16:15).
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them."
Bro Growcott - What Doth Yahweh Require of Thee?
Man, by nature, is out of the way of understanding. His inclinations and predelections are sinwards. Apart from divine guidance the mind of man inevitably works in a way baneful to himself and displeasing to God.
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."
Man is a strange phenomenon. Though wonderful in his construction, and endowed with high moral faculties, he is the cause of all the evil that obtains. God made man upright, but he has "sought out many inventions." Through rebellion at the outset of his career he became mentally and physically deranged, and alienated from divine favour and intercourse.
In his present condition the scriptures define him as unclean, unsanctified, unjustified, unholy, dead in sins, as without
"hope, and without God in the world" (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:5-12.)
And in this condition he must remain unless he avail himself of God's loving and merciful means of reconciliation, viz., union with Christ, the appointed
"fountain" for "sin and for uncleanness" (Acts 2:38, 39; Eph. 2:13; Gal. 3:26, 29).
There is no middle ground, a man must either be in Christ or without Christ. If the latter, then his position is that described in the terms just quoted-a position to which the statement (uninspired, but true) applies,
"God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshipper of God and doeth his will, him he heareth."
Bro AT Jannaway - Worship in relation to the Alien