Being Blameless Means NOT Learning
Written by Leland Ping on Apr 27, 2016
Learning is important. In fact, learning is vital! This is true physically (how to eat, dress, walk), socially (appropriate conversation modes), and spiritually (pleasing God, being able to teach others). Learning can be, however, a very detrimental thing to our spiritual health and wellbeing. In fact, God commanded his children many years ago NOT to learn and instead to remain ignorant of certain things. The reason this matters so much is because the same is commanded by God today.
In Deuteronomy 18:9, the writer records, “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations.” The reason for this is straightforward: “You shall be blameless before the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 18:13). Having created man in His own image, God was acutely aware that there would be a tendency on the part of Israel to adopt the new ways of the nations they encountered and conquered. Thus, Israel’s Creator gave the explicit command that His people should refuse to learn the sinful ways of the foreign peoples.
If one is even remotely familiar with the Old Testament, he’ll not be surprised to learn that God’s people didn’t do too well in heeding the advice of their Deliverer. Sure, there were select times when Israel dutifully followed the commands of God Almighty. When this was their course of action, things turned out well. But, when they chose to do their “own thing,” they found themselves in all sorts of troubles. While learning is typically a positive thing, God knew that Israel’s choice to learn the evil ways of other nations would only lead to their downfall.
The same is absolutelytrue today. We need to be the most ignorant, unlearned people in the world when it comes to things of the world! Of course, that’s very hard to do. Given the onslaught of nonsense that is shown on television, heard on the radio, and easily accessible with the click of a mouse, let alone the potentially powerful influence of our friends and coworkers, it’s very easy for us to learn about sin and the ways of the world. We MUST not allow that to happen. In order to be “blameless” in God’s sight, we must be “unlearned.” Now is as good as a time as any to assess ourselves and how much we know. If we “know too much” about the ways of the world, the best antidote is to learn the ways of God and begin living according to His plan!