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June 6

God chose the weak to shame the powerful
2Kings 4-5 / 1Corinthians 1-3

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OT

4:32-35  When Elisha arrived, the child was indeed dead, lying there on the prophet’s bed. He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the LORD. Then he lay down on the child”s body, placing his mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on the child’s eyes, and his hands on the child’s hands. And the child’s body began to grow warm again! Elisha got up and walked back and forth in the room a few times. Then he stretched himself out again on the child. This time the boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes!

:43-44 “What?” his servant exclaimed. “Feed one hundred people with only this?” But Elisha repeated, “Give it to the group of prophets so they can eat, for the LORD says there will be plenty for all. There will even be some left over!” And sure enough, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the LORD had promised.

NT

1:26-29 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.


OT Flash Points

Supernatural provision for fellow servants, prophets and for family who’s son died

NT Flash Points

Factions in Corinth.
Foolish chosen to shame the “wise” Boast in the LORD, not in your leader
Plain and simple words about foundations was what you were given
Among mature Christians we can speak in words of the wisdom of God
But only those with the Spirit can understand
Don’t you realize you are the temple of the Spirit?


Perspective

Work out what God works in
Regenerated will is almighty
Submitting to & working out the will of God in everything makes me the walking, talking will of God
He is in me to “will and to do” His extreme pleasure
Let your weakness put to shame your illusions of being powerful

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