The Learned

Isaiah 50:4

4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.


Throughout ancient, modern and postmodern times, there have been countless and competing ideas about who is truly learned. (Even the Latin etymological root of “doctor” means, “learned.”) All the same, they remarked of Christ, “How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” And they marveled when they perceived that both Peter and John were “unlearned” and “ignorant” men yet spoke as if they were the most emboldened theologians of their time. Paul went so far as to declare that the wisdom that he speaks with was not of this world. Though Christ, Peter, John and Paul amazed their hearers, it came from nothing that we regard in the present as learning. Their learning was administered by God. When it speaks it edifies its hearers and when it hears, it hears directly from God through his school of “learning”. And men and women who remain in this school of learning and hear, speak and communicate accordingly are generally considered “the learned.”

[Luke 21:15 (KJV 1900): For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.]

Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

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