I have heard it said that God isn’t worried about your knowledge of the Bible, but rather how you live out His Word. There is a lot of truth to that statement and I understand the sentiment of it and affirm it. However, it should come with some qualification.
For starters, let’s make sure that we understand that while mere knowledge has no value to God it is required that we have said knowledge in order to please God. Without knowledge of the word how can one live it out? If I don’t know what God’s Word says and means then how can carry out its commands and live up to its standards?