The Knowledge of the Lord
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9 NKJV
Like Adam and Eve, as shown in Genesis 3, some have been seduced into eating and digesting knowledge and information that they didn’t get from God. Notwithstanding their claim to have read and heard the Word of God, they make unsound decisions, form faulty opinions and render distorted judgments about life and the issues of life. In their abandonment of the knowledge of the Lord, they decide who they are not and what they do not have, and even form unscriptural opinions about what God is doing and saying—none of which is based on the knowledge of the Lord, but based on sources apart from God.
What is the knowledge of the Lord? When you consider the whole of God’s Word, you have to conclude that the knowledge of the Lord is an understanding of the existence of God, His perfections, His plans and purpose for our lives, and His Word and will (Prov. 4:7). This knowledge and understanding empowers us, but we lose this power when we (1) believe the lies of the serpent; (2) make judgments apart from God; and (3) make decisions based on knowledge that we didn’t get from God (Hos. 4:6).
On the other hand, the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17) only feed the memories of our dark un-regenerated past, but God’s Word moves us away from the memories of a painful past, an unfulfilled present, and an uncertain future, and further, it energizes our dreams and visions to move us into a vital reality of God notwithstanding feelings of present un-fulfillment and the uncertainty of the future (Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:28). The promise of Scripture is that the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea!