Proverbs – God’s practical guide to a joyful life
Devotion 33 The Foolish & The Wise Go Head-to-Head
Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
It seems fitting that as we enter the week leading up to our Saviour’s arrest, judgement, death, and resurrection, that we have come to the final weeks of our time with Solomon in Proverbs. So, as we ponder the events of this Holy Week, may we see first hand the wisdom of God and the foolishness of man as they go head-to-head into battle.
Let’s top up our coffees and have Solomon commentate the events and actions of individuals on the night of this great battle…
Between now and Good Friday, take time to read Matthew 26:36-27:56
Consider the events that take place from the time that Jesus and his disciples are in the Garden of Gethsemane until Jesus’ last breath on the cross. From all the proverbs and themes that Solomon has shared, connect verses that reflect the actions of the individuals and ponder their wisdom and foolishness. Below are just a few verses from Solomon’s Proverbs that fit nicely:
Judas- whom to choose: Jesus or High Priest?
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. 13:20
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. 21:6
Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. 27:6
Pilate VS Jesus
A king’s wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it. 16:14
Caiaphas VS Jesus
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright. 21:8
Jesus VS Satan
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. 21:22
During the Battle of Holy Week, we can see the wisdom of God in all the actions of Jesus, as well as, the multiple levels of foolishness by everyone else, ranging from Peter’s reckless sword handling and denials to Judas’ greed, betrayal and burden of guilt to the jealousy and corruption of the religious leaders. Oh how sad to see the depth of foolishness in these individuals due to their own sinful desires, which brought about the death of our Saviour.
Isn’t that us as well though? Are we not foolish to some extent. In fact, many of us can probably relate to Peter very well. Yet, isn’t it because of our foolish actions, our self-centered desires, our sins- yours and mine- that Jesus, in his Godly wisdom, permitted himself to be obedient to such foolishness and evil, in order to release us from the penalty of our sin? He did not – does not- desire us to remain in our sin and guilt and be overcome by it like Judas, but to obtain that complete forgiveness, as Peter did, and receive the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and help us to be wise unto salvation. Therefore, during this Holy Week, may you contemplate the depth of self-control, patience and wisdom Jesus revealed in his actions that led him to an agonizing death by the hands of mankind because of his immense love for you!
Prayer: Dear Lord, you permitted yourself to be left in the hands of foolish, sinful man in order to redeem me; a lost and condemned person. And my Heavenly Father “demonstrates his own love for [me] in this: While [I was] still [a sinner], Christ died for [me].” (Romans 5:8) Forgive me Lord! Thank-you Lord! In Jesus’ redeeming name I pray. AMEN!