Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:20-33
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
Wiser—ahead of enemies and their cunning. Understanding—insight, comprehension, intelligence, practical skill. Teachers—experts, instructors. Ancients—being old doesn’t determine wisdom. Keep—understanding and wisdom isn’t theoretical knowledge, but actually acting on, doing what God says.
1 Corinthians 1:17-18
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Wisdom of words—artificial ornaments of discourse! Foolish—silly, absurd.
--what is silly to the world is the source of salvation power to believers.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world [age]? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Wisdom—general mental excellence. Prudence—ability to apply general knowledge to specific situations.
Scribe—Jewish interpreter of the law. Disputer—Greek philosophers celebrated questions.
God made foolish—practically stupid, will be shown to come up short.
Knew not God—their wisdom gets darker and darker, further from God.
Foolishness of preaching—proclaiming the Gospel is the ultimate wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:22-23
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
Require—demand. Seek after—constant speculation.
Christ crucified—as a historical fact, plainly spoken.
--we don’t give either one what they want!
1 Corinthians 1:24-26
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
Wisdom/power—what you think gives power to your life. It determines your actions.
Calling—the manner of people whom God calls. After the flesh—by worldly standards, not impressive to the world, no impressive credentials.
--Gospel is for the low; the high are too impressed with themselves and keeping up.
1 Corinthians 1:27-31
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Foolish things—people and things. Confound—shame, disgrace, cause to blush.
Base—of no family, opposite of noble.
No flesh glory—in human attainment or impressiveness.
Made unto us wisdom—which world will never come to by their wisdom.
Glory in Lord—not in self, credentials, achievements, fleshly attainments.