Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.Ecclesiastes 9:16
Dear Church and Friends,
What is small, poor, and weak and is stronger than large, rich, and powerful? Lots of stories in the Bible carry this plot. It’s one way the Lord glorifies himself, but you probably don’t expect to find it in a parable in the book of Ecclesiastes. But Solomon gives us one here in chapter 9. It is beautiful in its simplicity and profound in its message.
- “This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man” (Eccl 9:13-15).
The poor wise man in the small weak city delivered it from the rich, powerful king. This led Solomon to say that, “Wisdom is better than strength,” and “Wisdom is better than weapons of war.” How do I find this powerful wisdom?
We know the answer to that question. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The problem is we want the riches and power along with the wisdom. Let’s ask the Lord to give us wisdom and with it satisfaction in Christ and not in stuff, station, or silver.
Sermon: Sheep’s Clothing and other Warnings.
Prayer Request: Please pray for Aegean Turks of Turkey.
- (uh-JEE-an) – As people remain indoors due to the COVID-19 virus and spend more time on social media or searching the internet, pray that they will be open to viewing gospel materials that they may come across. Ask God to use these uncertain times to draw many all over the world to Himself and allow those who are searching to come in contact with the information they need. Pray that they will know the truth and be set free (John 8:32).
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Sunday Morning Worship Resumes (June 14, 2020)
Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]
Question 54: What then are knowledge, calling, accusation, and conviction?
Answer: A way of desperation, if mercy is not apprehended.
Question 55: What if mercy is offered and apprehended?
Answer: Then these things are the beginning of our repentance.
Question 56: How did Adam and his posterity receive the promise?
Answer: Only through their own lively faith in Christ?
“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.”
All my best.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.Ecclesiastes 9:18
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