Ginosko

Art:

I COMPLETED this Watercolor last week from a Javid Tabatabaei tutorial reference on YouTube. I like the composition, colors and the unique landscape with water suggesting flooding may have taken place. Watercolor is relatively new to me, but I keep experimenting.

So, how does this Watercolor fit with our Thought for today—Ginosko?  I’ll let you have a go at that connection.  Let’s just say, what we ‘see’ and how we ‘interpret’ a connection may have lots to do with who we ‘are’ and ‘are becoming’.  Our perceptive lens is probably tented with ‘experiential Ginosko’.

Thought:

The Translation

GINOSKO?  No, it’s not a misspelled TV ad featuring a lizard. It’s the transliteration of a Greek word from the New Testament, most often translated in English as ‘knowledge’.  Having identified the English translation as ’knowledge’: What does it mean?  What’s in my mind when I use the word?  What’s in your mind when you hear me use it?  Are we ‘on the same page’ with our understanding?  Hopefully (at least most of the time) we’re probably pretty close. If not, we may experience some communication challenges. 

Typing Class Illustration

THE GREEK WORD ginosko goes beyond simple ‘information’ about right or wrong for example.  It carries the meaning of ‘experiential knowledge’ to the point of a near automatic response behavior.  I took Typing Class in high school.  The ‘information’ said each blank key in front of me represented a letter or symbol in our English alphabet.  Understanding that fact did not make me a typist. Memorizing ‘home keys’, with lots of practice, brought me to ‘experiential knowledge’ related to typing. Now I don’t have to keep reviewing the information.  While not always accurate, typing is now part of my true ‘knowledge’.  Not only has my behavior changed but it’s an automatic behavior change—I type without looking at the keyboard.

Knowledge vs Information?

IT SEEMS TO ME English speaking followers of Jesus often confuse ‘knowledge’ with ‘information’. Example: According to American educational psychologist David Reading Krathwohl, “Knowledge can be categorized into four types: (1) factual knowledge, (2) conceptual knowledge, (3) procedural knowledge, and (4) metacognitive knowledge.” But is this accurate?  When we understand the true Greek meaning of ‘knowledge’, I don’t think so.  I feel it would be more accurate to replace ‘knowledge’ in this statement with ‘information’. Why?

Pharisees vs. Jesus Example

PERHAPS A GOOD way to distinguish the difference in meaning between ‘knowledge’ and ‘information’ from Greek New Testament literature is to observe the difference between the aim or objective of the “Pharisees” and that of “Jesus”:

            Aim of Pharisees: “Information” so people will follow the right rules (more than 600 of them!).

            Aim of Jesus: “Knowledge” for people to become the sort of persons who would automatically do right things.

Jesus ‘Unpacks’ the Difference

I SEE JESUS unpacking this connection in conversation with the Jews.

Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. [Some Jews found their ‘information’ about following rules wasn’t working.  They claimed they actually wanted to follow Jesus. What was Jesus’ response?] “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. [stick with me, listening and watching and obeying, that’s what a true disciple or apprentice does] Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” [ Then you will see that what I said and did is true every time.  Continuing to follow me will change you from bondage to rules to freedom of my Spirit at work in and through your life every time! You will actually ginosko—have ‘knowledge’ experientially.]–John 8:31 The Message

‘Experiential Knowledge’

I DO BELIEVE ‘information’ is not only important but essential.  Scripturally It’s called the truth and the word. However, It’s when the ‘information’ is followed, and found to be true, that followers of Jesus are directed by ‘experiential knowledge’. They have come to naturally follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit when opportunity arises in his or her environment. It becomes a correct and automatic response.  I may hit a wrong key now and then, but He will help me admit and correct it! 

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 

Matthew 7:24

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 

Philippians 4:9

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