Understanding: the Greek word is "phronesis". It refers to good judgment, or the skill to govern our life in a careful, successful manner. It is to be able to figure out the best decisions that will lead to the best results for our life.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
This psalm explains to us the reading scripture gives us understanding of the stories and teachings and prophecies in the bible. Also as it turns out that understanding spills over into our natural lives and helps cause us to prosper. One of the blessings of scripture is understanding and as a side effect to the obedience of learning the word is prosperity.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
We are expected to not just read the bible but learn what it says and means, so we can explain it to others.
What is Understanding? Professor Y.K. Ip
Many students equate ‘to know’ with ‘to understand’. However, ‘knowing’ something is not the same as ‘understanding’ something. Worst still, students may take knowing the ‘definition’ of a term as understanding the ‘concept’ of the term, both of which are actually quite different.
Governed by the ‘learning as knowing’ metaphor, many students regard the teacher as a dispenser of information and themselves as the receiver of information. They aim to increase the amount of knowledge that they possess. They believe that learning outcomes can be evaluated by measuring the amount of knowledge acquired.
However, learning involves getting the ‘meaning’ of the knowledge. Meaning is generated by the interplay between new information and existing concepts in the students’ mind. (A)Without existing concepts, information can have no meaning. Learning is achieved through students selecting relevant information and interpreting it through their existing knowledge. As Resnick (1989) aptly noted, “learning occurs not by recording information but by interpreting it”. Hence(B), students are not recipients of knowledge but constructors of knowledge. How the student structures and processes knowledge is much more important than how much is learned. Structuring and processing knowledge means that students must ‘select’, ‘organise’ and ‘integrate’ new information with prior knowledge in their mind. To do so, each student must acquire metacognitive (reflective) skills for controlling his/her cognitive (thinking) process during learning.
So, how do you understand something? To understand is ‘to comprehend’, and to comprehend is ‘to take in’ or embrace. Seeing solitary facts in relation to a general principle is the essence of understanding. What is an understanding then? An understanding is a generalized meaning or insight. An insight is a basic sense of, or feeling for, relationships; it is a meaning or discernment. A tested generalized insight is an understanding; it is a meaning or discernment that one may profitably apply to several or even many similar, but not necessarily identical, situations or processes. The most valuable insights are those confirmed by enough similar cases to be generalized into an understanding.
(A) Our situation as Christians, we take knowledge and relationship with God equals understanding.
(B) As sons of God, we take in information that is filtered through the Holy Spirit and it is deposited in our spirit as understanding. This process is so smooth and seemless that we do not recognize it happening.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
12 If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.
13 Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling out to those who pass by, who go straight on their way,
16 “Let all who are simple come to my house!” To those who have no sense she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.
There are penalties for not learning and few people ever figure out why their lives won’t go well?
fol·ly (f l ) n. pl. fol·lies
1. A lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight.
2. a. An act or instance of foolishness: regretted the follies of his youth.
b. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
Knowledge Understanding Wisdom
Facts Meaning What to Do Next
Information Principles Application
Memory Reason Action
Scholars Teachers Prophets
Those with knowledge are able to collect, remember, and access information. They "know" the Scriptures. God's word is literally "in them". They are scholars. But, it is possible to have knowledge and lack understanding and wisdom; to have the facts, but have no clue as to the meaning or what to do next.
Those with understanding are able to abstract the meaning out of information. They "see through" the facts to the dynamics of what, how, and why. They are teachers. Understanding is a lens which brings the facts into crisp focus. Understanding produces "rules of thumb" or principles.
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
1 John 5:20
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
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