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There was a Aussie who found himself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The
 lawyer just kept bugging the Aussie wanting him to play a game of “intelligence”.
 Finally, the lawyer offered him 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the Aussie could 
not answer one of his questions, he owed him $5, but every time he could not 
answer the Aussie, he’d give him $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the
 Aussie reluctantly accepted.

The lawyer first asked, “What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?”

Without saying a word the Aussie handed him $5.

Then the Aussie asked, “What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?”

Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the Aussie $50.00

The Aussie put the $50 into his wallet without comment, but the lawyer insisted, “What is the answer to your question?”

Without saying a word, the Aussie handed him $5.

Questions. Questions. Questions. We seem to have more questions in life than answers. Why must the cashier at Park-N-Shop give me three receipts? Does everyone see color the same? Which armrest is yours at the movie theatre? If you dug a hole through the entire earth and jumped in, would you stay in the middle because of gravity? Why are meat slices round and bread slices square? If Mars had earthquakes would we call them marsquakes? What is another word for “thesaurus”? Do we wake up or open our eyes first? If you put a chameleon in a room full of mirrors, what color would it turn?

Ok, those are obviously not the set of questions that permeate the deeper parts of our souls. But there are some seemingly unanswerable questions that can leave our hearts unsettled. Is God the author of evil? How can three persons be God when there is only one God? Will Christ’s millennial reign be before or after the second-coming? How can God make known the end from the beginning and still allow us to have “free-will”? What will our heavenly bodies be like? When we die do we go straight to heaven? Is the end of the earth near? Can God sin?

Some of the above questions I can answer. For example, another word for Thesaurus is “synonymy”. OK, what about the weighty questions? I can offer biblically based answers to some of those questions. But for every query I might reconcile there is a profusion of questions that if you ask me I will answer, “I don’t know.”

Jesus Christ, however, does know. “In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3). Paul says this and then follows a few verses later in 2:9 with, “For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”. God knows everything.  A.W. Tozer says it like this,

“God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.”

That is one my favorite lines in the book The Knowledge of the Holy, “God knows instantly and effortlessly.” It is important to know this because Paul mentions twice in Colossians (1:19, 2:9) and elsewhere that the fullness of God dwells in Christ. So Jesus knows the answer to every question you can ask. He knows what you need, when you need it, how you will get it, or why maybe you don’t need to know, etc. So we must trust him. It is not our privilege to know all things. understand, God the Holy Spirit dwells in us, but the fullness of God does not (not in the sense of Jesus Christ). Resolve to trust that in Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. If there is anything to know, you can can know it in him.

So, why doesn’t Jesus just spill it and tell us everything?

I don’t know.

For His Glory,
Nathan
nathan@ibc.org.hk
www.ibc.org.hk