I Corinthians 1: 18-26
For the message of the cross is foolishness to 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; the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
The Jews looked for a king to set up his kingdom on earth and the Gentiles looked for wisdom. The wisdom and the power of God was the cross that made salvation available to both the Jews and the Gentiles. The cross is foolishness to those who will not believe. The cross is the power of God making salvation available to both Jews and the Gentiles. The wisdom of God is so much higher than the greatest intellect of the scholar and the philosopher here on earth: therefore the wisdom of God is foolish to humans until they believe. The weakness of God is stronger than all man’s strength. God is calling you to receive his wisdom and strength by the power of the cross of his Son, Jesus the Christ. Do you believe?
Father help us to accept the wisdon and truth of your word so that we may receive your wisdom with the power and character of your Son, Jesus the Christ. We ask in his name, amen.