Ignorance is Bliss
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.” – Jeremiah 10.2
I am sure almost everyone has heard the saying “Knowledge is power.” Well to prove that this is not always the case look again at our text that says, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen.” The Jews were acutely aware of the heathenism that existed in surrounding nations. They spent several generations in Egyptian captivity, they inherited a land still indwelt by pagan Canaanites, as well as witness the northern nation of Israel being carried away captive by the Assyrians. Not to mention the exposure that came simply by importing and exporting goods with neighboring nations. But it was never God’s will that His people learn the lifestyle of the ungodly nations that were all around them. The verse itself specifically targets astrology as the heathenistic practice to be avoided, but there is no doubt that all of the wicked practices of sinful people are to be shunned. The world will tell you “Knowledge is power” but for the Christian; oftentimes, ignorance is bliss.