Luke 11 is an intriguing verse of scripture.
52Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered .
Jesus told the lawyers (people that had mastered the Law of Moses) that they had taken away “the key of knowledge”. This prevented them from entering into relationship with God but also stopped others from entering. When Jesus said “the key” my question is “What is the key?” that he is referring. He did not say “the keys” or “a key” but “the key”. Jesus does not tell us in the context of this chapter. I started studying knowledge in the Old Testament and found this verse in Proverbs 1
7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Keys grant you access to a house, car, or safety deposit box. A key is never the final goal but provides an entrance, start, or beginning to the thing being sought. This was the verse that explained Luke 11:52, but I had to find it in the remote context. To ensure that we are correct then let’s consider two more verses in Proverbs. In chapter 1
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
And chapter 2
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
These verses show that the fear of the Lord is a prerequisite for knowledge. The phrase “the fear of the Lord” is used 14 times in the book of Proverbs. In Proverbs 9 it’s also the beginning of wisdom.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The fear of the Lord is significant to our walk if we want to be wise and knowing. So now we have a new question, What does the fear of the Lord mean? Fear is a common synonym for scared, which means to give reverence or respect to something. If you fear a snake then you are giving respect to the power or danger posed by the snake. When we fear the Lord then we give reverence or respect to God. So how do we give respect to God? This is done be respecting the Word of God. As we read the Word of God and obey it then we are showing respect to God. As we show respect to God in this way then he allows us to begin in our quest for knowledge, and wisdom. The Word of God is unfathomable because it contains infinite knowledge and wisdom. That’s why the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom because we will never live long enough to apprehend and comprehend the full knowledge and wisdom contained in the book.
Here are all 14 verses in Proverbs which contain the phrase “fear of the Lord”. If you read, study, and meditate on these verses then God will give you more knowledge and wisdom. God is waiting for you to spend some quality time with him. Enjoy the journey.
Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 1:29; Proverbs 2:5; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 10:27; Proverbs 14:26-27; Proverbs 15:16; Proverbs 15:33; Proverbs 16:6; Proverbs 19:23; Proverbs 22:4; Proverbs 23:17