Sermon: God’s Wisdom Revealed

1 Corinthians 2:10-13

Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Our culture runs on two basic motives: I can do whatever I want and don’t judge me. This is true among both religious and non-religious people. Religious people apply those motives to their conception of God: God will let them do what they like and he won’t judge them. 

 

Nowhere in the Bible do you find a conception of God like that, so where would they get an idea of a God like that? It’s because people think that they can discover God’s truth and wisdom on their own. It’s always been interesting to me that they often find a god who is very permissive and accepting of the lifestyle that they’ve chosen to live.

 

In First Corinthians, we have been learning about God’s wisdom and how different it is from human wisdom. God’s wisdom, Paul wrote, is so far above us that…“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). 

 

How can we know the wonderful things of God’s wisdom? The answer to that lies in our passage here:

 

10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 

 

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:10–13)

 

We cannot know God’s wisdom without him showing us what his wisdom is. It cannot be reasoned out by man. We see flashes of his wisdom in nature, in logic, and so forth—but to know God’s wisdom is impossible for us to do on our own. We cannot make a god in our own image and it be the real God. God must give us his wisdom. How did he do so?


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Sermon: God’s Wisdom—Our Glory

1 Corinthians 2:6-9

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

1) Where Does Real Wisdom Come From?

 

I came across a story about wisdom that involved Henry Ford and an four-foot tall electrical genius named Charles Steinmetz:

 

Jack B. Scott wrote in to tell of his father’s encounter with the Wizard of Schenectady at Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

 

Ford, whose electrical engineers couldn’t solve some problems they were having with a gigantic generator, called Steinmetz in to the plant. Upon arriving, Steinmetz rejected all assistance and asked only for a notebook, pencil and cot. According to Scott, Steinmetz listened to the generator and scribbled computations on the notepad for two straight days and nights. 

 

On the second night, he asked for a ladder, climbed up the generator and made a chalk mark on its side. Then he told Ford’s skeptical engineers to remove a plate at the mark and replace sixteen windings from the field coil. They did, and the generator performed to perfection.

 

Henry Ford was thrilled until he got an invoice from General Electric in the amount of $10,000 [a single Model T cost less than $1,000]. Ford acknowledged Steinmetz’s success but balked at the figure. He asked for an itemized bill.

 

Steinmetz, Scott wrote, responded personally to Ford’s request with the following:

 

Making chalk mark on generator    $1.

Knowing where to make mark         $9,999.

 

Ford paid the bill.[1]

 

Most of us desire to have wisdom…the ability to think our way through situations and make good decisions. But, while Steinmetz’s smart remark is humorous, it’s not the kind of wisdom that we ought to seek.

 

The Bible tells us that:

 

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

 

In other words, real wisdom begins with God.


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Sermon: Salvation In The Red Sea

Exodus 14:15–31

Levi Durfey

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INTRODUCTION

 

The parting of the Red Sea is the greatest of the Old Testament miracles. It’s the equivalent to the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. 

 

All through the Old Testament, you find this miracle being referred to in order to encourage folks who lived hundreds of years later (cf. Joshua 24:6, 7; Nehemiah 9:9; Psalm 106:7, 8; Jeremiah 31:35, etc.).

 

Here’s the situation so far: The Israelites have travelled to the Red Sea and have stopped by it’s edge. The Egyptian army (with a lot of light, fast chariots) have closed in on the Israelites, so that they are trapped between the sea and the Egyptians. Moses has told the people to stand still, and wait for the Lord to fight before them.

 

Exodus 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 

Exodus 14:16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 

Exodus 14:17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

Exodus 14:18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 

 

The Lord reassures Moses by giving him a glimpse of the plan:

 

1) He will part the sea so that the Israelites will be able to go through it on dry ground.

 

2) He will hardened the hearts of the Egyptians so that they follow the Israelites.

 

3) The purpose for all this is to bring the Lord “honour upon Pharaoh.”

 

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Sermon: Fleeing Egypt By Standing Still

Exodus 13:17-14:14

Levi Durfey

 

I) GOD GUIDES ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT

 

A) Not The Normal Way Home

 

Exodus 13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 

Exodus 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed [in formation] out of the land of Egypt. 

 

The shortest route to the Promised Land would have had the Israelites there in two weeks time at the most. But this was not God’s route for them. Instead of going up a northeastern route to Canaan, God led them southeast into what we call the Sinai Peninsula. 

 

Specifically, he took them “through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea.” The actual route is debated among scholars, what’s important for us to know is that it was in the opposite direction.

 

Why? The direct route known as, “the way of the land of the Philistines,” led to, as you might guess, the Philistines. The Philistines were a military power at the time (see Joshua 13:1-5) and the Lord was concerned that the people would “repent” (or change their minds) when they saw war.

 

The Lord knew that they would need time to acclimate to being their own independent nation before they entered into war. So God needed to find a quiet place to put Israel so that he could give the law to Moses. In short, Israel needed time to get used to being a free nation on their own.


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Sermon: What To Say, What Not To Say

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

In the last passage, we saw that God chooses the nobodies of the world, rather than the rich and powerful. Here in this passage, Paul gives an example of how God uses nobodies for his work. The example Paul gives is himself.

 

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1–5)

 

We see here some instruction on how to share the gospel with people. How do we come to people about Jesus Christ? How do we witness? What do we say? What do we not to say?

 

If we want to be like Paul, the first step is to have…


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Sermon: The Exodus Begins

Text: Exodus 12:29–13:16

I) THE EXODUS AT NIGHT

 The Lord struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt and this final blow was enough for Pharaoh to release the Israelites:

 

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 

Exodus 12:30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 

Exodus 12:31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 

Exodus 12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. 

Exodus 12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. 

Exodus 12:34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 

Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 

Exodus 12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians. 

 

So they were able to leave, with all their possessions, and the possessions that the Egyptians willingly gave them.

 

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Sermon: Nothing To Boast About

INTRODUCTION

 

We are a society who loves to boast. Our boasting is not only in our words, but in our actions, in the way we dress, in the loudness of our music or cars, in our disregard for others less fortunate than we are, in our disrespect of authority, and on and on. We like to think that, as individuals and a nation, we are better than others.

 

We’ve have seen in this letter that the Corinthians had divisions in the church. Some followed Paul, some Apollos, some Peter, and some claimed to follow only Christ (1:12). Now, whenever you have divisions, you also have boasting—we’re better than you and you know it! 

 

So Paul, picking up the thought that God chose a way of salvation that appears foolish to the world—a crucified Savior—goes on to say, that not only is the way of salvation foolish, those who are called to salvation aren’t any better. In other words, the divided Corinthian Christians have nothing to boast about.

 

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:26–31)

 

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