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Knowledge, Understanding, & Wisdom

Parables, parables, parables. We are in a season of parables.

But, there is a thread throughout the whole of our scriptures this morning.
It is wisdom, from King Solomon to Paul’s letter, to Jesus’ parables.

Solomon, son of King David, is essentially offered a magical Genie lamp.
God comes to Solomon and asks ‘what do you want? Whatever is your heart’s desire, I will give you. I encourage you to ponder, what would your response have been? What is your heart’s desire?

Solomon asked for wisdom, although it was not the language used in scripture. Solomon asked for the ability to discern the ‘right’ (or wise) choices, not for his own benefit but for the benefit of the people that he had been placed in authority over.

Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are not quite the same things.
We can know something intellectually and not understand it.
We can understand something and still not have the wisdom to apply it.

As seen online, but adapted…
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Understanding is knowing a tomato is a fruit because of the seeds.
Wisdom is knowing that you do not put tomato in a fruit salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 28, 2020 in Sermons


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Sorting Wheat & Weeds: Cautionary Tale

Our Scriptures are especially intertwined through exploring the nature of God, our identity in Christ, and the theodicy question. Theodicy is the fancy term for the common question: ‘why does suffering and evil exist’, especially if God is all-powerful and all-loving.

Isaiah reminds the exiled Israelites that God is eternal and has a personal relationship with us. Additionally, God is our true King who rescues and protects us.

The Psalmist reminds us that God is our ever-patient, compassionate, and kind teacher of divine truth.

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, reminds us that God is our perfect parent.

And thus, we are called into a personal relationship with God, who has named and redeemed us.

We are called to be engaged students seeking to learn the divine truth from God whole-heartedly.

We are called to be children of God, who are co-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom to Come.

Our Parable of the Tares, or Weeds, addresses the theodicy question while rooted in the nature of God and our identity in Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 19, 2020 in Sermons


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