The answer is because in the first scenario youhave only information. The second scenarioshows you the relationship between theinformation.
Now what if you had 100 apples and I said Iwould give you 25 of my apples for 5 of yours?Is that a good deal?The obvious answer is yes.How did you get to that?This is an example of wisdom.
Wisdom is taking the knowledge you have,gaining an understanding of that knowledge,and then being able to use it to make real lifedecisions.
We live in a world where information isavailable at our finger tips. Daniel prophesiedthis when he said “In the last days they willrun to and fro, and knowledge will increase.”
In order to be wise Christians we need to takethe time to understand all of the knowledgewe are gaining.
We need a God equation to show us how theinformation relates.I believe God has provided this equation in theform of the Old Testament Tabernacle.
The following will be a basic outline of thetabernacle and how to use it.
The Outer CourtThe Brazen Alter (Sacrifice)The Brazen Laver (Cleansing)
The Inner CourtThe Table of Shew Bread (the word of God)The Menorah (The Holy Spirit, understanding)The Altar of Incense (Prayer)
The Holy of HoliesThe Ark of the Covenant (God’s Promises)The Mercy Seat (The rest of God)
Now, for a simple illustration on how to usethis equation we will plug in some informationabout salvation.
The Outer Court= The Body (see, hear, touch,taste, smell)The Brazen Altar= sacrifice of Jesus on thecrossThe Brazen Laver= seeing your sins as dirt
The Inner Court= Soul (thought)The Table of Shew Bread= thinking on theinformation about salvationThe Menorah= gaining the understanding thatJesus’ sacrifice on the cross can wash awaythe dirt (sins) in your life.The Altar of Incense= the prayer of salvation
The Holy of Holies= SpiritThe Ark of the Covenant= having faith in thepromise of God for eternal securityThe Mercy Seat= Resting from trying to live lifeby your own power and giving God full controlof it.
This is very basic and much more can be saidabout the subject, but I hope you see how thelayout of the Tabernacle can be used tounderstand the knowledge of the salvationprocess.
As seen in the layout, just like the presence ofGod was in the Holy of Holies, true salvation ismore than just saying a prayer. You must gothrough the veil and surrender everything toGod.
Some other examples of how to use the Tabernacle are:The Old Testament, the New Testament, the Bookof RevelationJesus, the Holy Spirit, God the FatherKnowledge, Understanding, WisdomNatural, Physical, SpiritualWater, Blood, SpiritFirst Heaven, Second Heaven, Third HeavenNew Jerusalem, Israel, the ChurchBody, Soul, Spirit