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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."

There are a lot of very intelligent people in this world who do not believe in God or the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason for this is that they have made a commitment as to what the criterion should be for them to believe anything at all---it must make sense to them. It must be able to be verified in some way by reason based on empirical evidence apart from faith in biblical revelation.

The trouble with this commitment, however, is that it places faith in a human faculty that has some rather severe limitations. Human reason is limited to what it can access within the created order, but it has no access to what lies outside the created order. As a result, it has difficulty determining the true source of the created order and even more difficulty determining how to get into proper relationship to the true source.

For answers to these ultimate questions humans and human reason are dependent upon revelation from above, from outside the created order. We need the wisdom of God, the source and origin of the created order, rather than the wisdom of the wise. We need the perspective of the one who set up everything, rather than the perspective of those who are merely part of everything.

We need the message of the cross, because it is revelation from the Creator of all things on how to get into proper relationship with Him. For those who accept the message by faith, it is "the power of God to salvation" (Romans 1:16). It may be foolishness to the wise, but the wise are in no position to say one way or the other. God, on the other hand, is in that position. That's why the foolishness of God is better than the wisdom of the wise.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 33, 34, 35

Genesis 33 -- Jacob Meets Esau, Settles in Shechem


Genesis 34 -- Shechem Defiles Dinah and is Avenged by Jacob


Genesis 35 -- Jacob Returns to Bethel; Jacob Named Israel; Deaths of Rachel and Isaac


New Testament Reading
Matthew 11

Matthew 11 -- John's Disciples and Jesus' Tribute; Woe to Unrepentant Cities; Rest for the Weary


Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
Honor your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Obeying our parents is our main task when we are young, but honoring them should continue even beyond their deaths. Honoring involves all that sons and daughters do with their lives—the way they work and talk, the values they hold, and the morals they practice.
What are you doing to show respect to your parents? Are you living in a way that brings honor to them?
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Isaiah 63:1  Mighty to save.

By the words "to save" we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only "mighty to save" those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by "the Mighty God." The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ's might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory. Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is "mighty to save." You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is "mighty to save;" the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!

Daily Light on the Daily Path
John 14:28  "You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Luke 11:2  And He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.

John 20:17  Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"

John 14:31  but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.

John 14:10  "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

John 3:35  "The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.

John 17:2  even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.

John 14:8-10  Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." • Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '? • "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.

John 10:30  "I and the Father are one."

John 15:9,10  "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. • "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.

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