Today’s Scrip-Bit 27 May 2010 1 Corinthians 1:27‏

1 Corinthians 1:27     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.
Oh Friends, the old house was as hot as Hades today, but I finally got the A/C recharged in the evening. For that I gave the Lord much thanks and praise. Now I can concentrate comfortably on the more important matters of life. (smile) But on a serious note Friends, I have a Charles Dickens quote to share that’s very appropriate to our Bit. Charles contends that, ‘There is wisdom of the head, and wisdom of the heart.’ I think it’s true because many of us are real bright where book learning and matters of high estate are concerned, but we can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, don’t have much common sense, which tends to come more from the heart and belly than the head and books. That’s why the Lord likes the underdog and very often chooses His standard bearers from amongst the poor and uneducated, using them to confound and confuse the ‘brainiacs’ of this evil world. As Bruh Paul enlightened the Corinthians: ‘For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.’ (1 Cor.1:26) And isn’t that the truth Friends! For from the beginning of time the Lord has chosen mostly lowly, simple people to do His work. Consider Noah, Abraham, Moses and many of the prophets, who weren’t brainy or of noble heritage, but they had the essential tool the Lord desired; a kind, steadfast and obedient heart. That’s the Lord’s basic characteristic for choosing His ambassadors. And he takes great pleasure in using simple, down to earth people to speak of great matters and do mighty works on His behalf. And per the scholars, Bruh Paul’s argument leads us to believe that the church at Corinth consisted of mainly the poorer sections of the society. If so, then he surely had a captive audience, as he further declares: ‘But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound (put to shame) the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base (insignificant) things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought (nothing) things that are.’ (1 Cor.1:27-28) Ah mih people, the Lord just likes to humble the proud, the high and mighty, those who feel superior for whatever reason and pay no attention to His righteous law. He aims to silence man’s wisdom, thus He chooses the foolish to shame the wise, and weak, insignificant things to put to shame what the world considers great and significant. He also uses things that we don’t even know exist to thwart and counteract existing things like our stately offices and institutions made and relied on by man. The best example of that is Jesus. Everybody expected the Messiah to be a warrior king of noble birth, but the Lord confounded them by having Him born in a lowly stable to a poor carpenter’s family, living in a backwater town, Nazareth. Unfortunately, that’s possibly why many rejected Jesus. They simply could not accept a lowly, itinerant preacher as their Saviour since their great expectations coloured their thinking. That proves Bruh Paul’s point; the Lord put all the wise men to shame by sending His Son to earth as a poor preacher who could talk rings around them. And Jesus did the same thing. He chose His disciples from the lowest strata of society; the poor, lowly and uneducated; fishermen and tax collectors. He chose them to be His ambassadors to the world, the ones He expected to spread His Word near and far. Now logic would dictate that for such an important task, one would pick educated, well-rounded people, but no, Jesus, like His Father, chose to differ. Why? Because He knew they would be given all the tools they needed to do the job, first and foremost being the Holy Spirit. Once they had that and an obedient heart they needed nothing else. And when He foretold the judgement to come upon evil Galilean cities like Capernaum, He said: ‘I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.’ (Mat. 11:25) The learned would be confused, but the simple and uneducated would know and understand much more than their exalted brethren. And what does Bruh David say in Psalm 8, talking about God’s glory and man’s honour? ‘Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings (nursing infants) hast thou ordained (established) strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still (silence) the enemy and the avenger.’ (Ps.8:2) And Jesus used those same words when confronted in the temple by the chief priests and scribes, after He ran out the crooks and moneychangers and the people came in and got healed, with the children singing; ‘Hosanna to the son of David.’ They said to Him: ‘Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?’ (Mat.21:16) Yes Friends, the children and the lower strata of the society recognized Jesus’ Messianic powers, while the priests and scribes dangled in supreme ignorance, only considering their own importance, wallowing in man made artefacts and customs, preaching godliness, while hiding behind the veil of hypocrisy. Oh Friends, our Lord is no respecter of persons, especially the proud and arrogant. So don’t ever let your lowly status in society make you feel insignificant and unworthy in God’s sight. He only requires an obedient heart, and will provide the wherewithal you need to do His bidding. So look on the bright side; if you’re lowly, humble with an obedient heart, then you’re a prime candidate to do big things for God. And all God’s people sang: ‘Glory Hallelujah!’ Much Love!…why does God operate like that…So that no flesh should glory in his presence…(1 Cor.1:2)

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