When I was a little boy I heard a really amazing sermon from a “cool” guy in the older youth group who got to preach! And because he was young I really looked up to him, and for some reason the sermon’s ingrained in my head – probably because it was so simple! He started off by going through some Bible Characters and talking about how ridiculous it was that God used them. It seemed “foolish”.
Moses, a killer who was afraid to speak, David a farm boy who couldn’t fit in armour…etc. And then He said: but God does some crazy things which, if we were God we probably wouldn’t do! Perhaps the most crazy thing He did was to send His son to die a painful death for us and be totally humiliated.
Today as I read 1 Cor I’m reminded of the sermon and even more AMAZED at my God!!!
The Messiah [sent me]…to proclaim the Good News – and to do it without relying on “wisdom” that consists of mere rhetoric, so as not to rob the Messiah’s execution stake of it’s power. For the message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God. Indeed, the Tanakh says,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”
Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher, or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this world’s wisdom look pretty foolish? For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using it’s own wisdom, would not come to know Him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as His means of saving those who come to trust in it. – 1 Corinthians 1.17-21 (Complete Jewish Bible – translation)
And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanity’s “strength”. Just look at yourselves, brothers – look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the world’s standards, not many yield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the strong; and God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what the world considers important; so that no one should boast before God. – 1 Corinthians 1:25-29 (Complete Jewish Bible – translation)
Nothing truly original to post today – just the amazing work and word of God!