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Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  I Corinthians 2:6-8 (N.I.V.)

When you read this passage in its entirety, it seems that Paul is either speaking in riddles or doesn’t know what he is talking about. First he says that he does not use words of wisdom and then he says a few short verses later that he does speak wisdom. Why is Paul talking this way?

There is one hint when he says that he speaks wisdom to the mature. The mature are the people who are ready to receive Paul’s message because they know that the message of the cross destroys anyone who pursues knowledge to gain status, win fame, or to exercise power since the cross is a story about a man who decided to risk his status, make his fame turn into shame, and lose power over his own life.

The other hint is that this wisdom is God’s secret wisdom – the wisdom that powerlessness is more powerful than military force, peace conquers war, and love overcomes hatred. A secret that the rulers did not understand because they did not realize that the second they nailed Jesus to the cross, they had lost. They could no longer pretend that they were doing the right thing when they crucified an innocent man. They could not state that they were following God’s way when they violated everyone of God’s laws to kill Jesus. They could not declare that they were powerful when a man who simply told the truth gained large numbers of followers even after they had killed him.

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Please pray for our leaders. Please continue to pray for Mark Diersen who has a tumor on his pituitary, and Denise King as she continues to wait for answers about her health issues, and Kirk Langner as continues to seek answers. Give thanks that the number of Covid cases has recently declined. Pray for our children and teachers. Let us pray for our troops who are still deployed overseas.

May God bless and keep you,

Michael

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