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God's saving wisdom
For the Lesson titled "Mind" from February 18 - 24, 2013
This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Mind,” is full of inspiring examples of God’s wisdom succeeding where human wisdom fails. They are the fruits of obeying the command in the Golden Text, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).
By turning to God in prayer, Joseph successfully interpreted Pharaoh’s dream when Pharaoh’s magicians and sages failed to do so (see Genesis 41, citation 6, Section 2). Joseph became a vehicle for God’s saving wisdom not only for the Egyptians, but also for the children of Israel during seven years of famine as a result of what God revealed to him.
In Section 3, we read Paul’s teaching to Greek converts at Corinth, who were previously influenced by the Greek culture’s emphasis on human intellect and philosophy (see I Corinthians 1:19, 20, cit. 9). They had been grumbling against Paul’s teaching on the importance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection for Christian salvation, calling it foolishness. Paul told them that they were wrong. He told them that worldly wisdom was foolishness, while true wisdom could only be found in God through Christ (see I Corinthians 2:12, 13, 16, cit. 10).
About the author
Ann Edwards has a master's degree in theological studies from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.
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