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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 31 - Morning

"For since in the wisdom of God the world through
its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased
through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
 Jews demand signs
 and Greeks look for wisdom

- First Corinthians 1:21-22

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  

Wisdom of Men and Worldly Relevance


Jews are still waiting for a miraculous sign to confirm the coming of their Messiah. The Greeks still test everything according to their wisdom. The Jews will not accept the Messiah without the sign and the Greeks will not accept Christianity unless it conforms to their established standard of wisdom and intellectual insight. To both the Jew and the Gentile, the message in the text of Scripture is foolish because, from their point of evaluation, the message is still lacking some key ingredient. The Jew wants to add a sign to the message. The Gentile wants to incorporate his wisdom and philosophy into the message of Scripture in order to make it more applicable to people’s lives.

The wisdom of the world is limited and confined to time. This is proven by the fact that man’s wisdom has consistently been refined and updated as it has progressed through the advances and experiences of the 2,000 years since Paul wrote these words. On the other hand, God’s wisdom still stands complete and has always embraced eternity.  God’s message has not faltered, but it continues to transform the individual and the society where it is honored.

“God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21

Salvation does not come through wisdom, but through faith. Our relationship with God is based on our trusting what he says, not in our wisdom, insight, understanding, or intelligence. The simple proclamation and explanation of the Word of God is sufficient. Some in the Corinthian church sought alternatives to expository teaching from God’s message. They feared having an inferior message, The Greek philosophers in Corinth sought to bolster the Apostle’s message with things that would resemble alternative messages, focal points of application, self-help steps, colorful stories, and more pertinent information than the text of Scripture can provide.

Even though men, even churchmen, are ashamed of God’s message and feel the need to reinforce it with “wisdom” that the world considers useful, the principle established by Paul in First Corinthians remains true:

“God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

God is still pleased to save those who believe by continually washing their souls with the “foolishness” of the Scriptural text. Paul says:

“Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.” – 1 Corinthians 1:17

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The Apostles knew that
the fertile field that produced the fruit of righteousness
was a soul sown with
the seeds of Truth."
- Galyn Wiemers





Something to Ponder??

Council of Constance (1414) - the cup of wine at the Lord’s Supper is forbidden for laity

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Nasa' (Hb) - Forgive (Eng) - the Hebrew verb nasa' means "to lift up, to bear up, to carry, to take." Because of its meaning it began to be used in reference to 'lifting up the sin of others,' or
'to carry away faults of others' with idea being to forgive these sins and faults of others.


A bulla, a seal impression in clay, from 700 BC says:

Belonging to Hezekiah son of Ahaz, King of Judah

Besides the words of the inscription there is an impression of a winged
scarab beetle with an artistic influence from Egypt. This bulla is about 1/2 inch in diameter. Hezekiah is referred to in 2 Chron. 29 and 2 Kings 18-20. He reigned in Judah from 727-698 BC. The impressions of the string
that held the rolled scroll
shut and the fabric of the scroll material can still be seen on the back of this bulla.
(image/details here and here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I expect the church's sermons to provide me with worldly information that will relate to my
interests and help improve my life and resolve my problems?
Do I hold the church responsible for making the presentation of information interesting,
entertaining and applicable to my worldly needs and personal goals?
Instead, I will attend church in order to hear the Word of God that was revealed to the prophets and apostles in Scripture because it has the power to save and transform my life into the image of Christ.
  "The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short."
- Proverbs 10:27
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Luke 7 First Corinthians 10 Matthew 20
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Employment Compassion for
the world
City governments South Africa - prayer in South Africa has grone to have global impact
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Retaining Walls of Jericho that supported the mud brick walls that collapsed

Information about the pit Jeremiah was thrown into
that may have been located.

This is the outside base (retaining wall) of one of two walls going around Jericho. The wall that collapsed in Joshua day would have been built straight up on top of this angled retaining wall. This retaining wall would have itself been higher than the remains show. (more here) (click on image for larger size)

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