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God’s Wisdom and the World’s December 1, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Scripture Meditation.
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Joe,

It seems that every time you write one of those long posts, the only way I can respond is with a passage of Scripture! This is the one I thought of:

“18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-21)

There are days as I prepare sermons when I stop and seemingly have an out-of-body experience in which the unregenerate Larry looks at myself and says, “What in the world are you doing? You are living your entire life for a crucified Jew who was killed 2,000 years ago?” I don’t know, maybe that makes me sound like a crazy mystic or a lost heretic, but those thoughts come to me at times. This message is absolutely foolish!

And I would be really concerned about the state of my soul in those times, if it wasn’t for verse 21. Paul speaks of the content of his preaching as “folly”. Sometimes God gives me a glimpse of this “folly”, which, by pure and amazing grace, has become for me the wisdom and power of God. And I know that if I preach and some people do not hear absolute foolishness, I am probably doing something wrong.

Larry

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