Ignorance

Ignorance

Today’s Scripture Selection: Matthew 22:29

“Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God.’”

It was a trick.

Those who wanted to show themselves intellectually – and spiritually – superior to Jesus, were trying to debate with him.

And so, they asked a hypothetical question about marriage in heaven.

But they didn’t really want to hear the answer.

Isn’t that sometimes the case?

Those who want to challenge us try to trip us up; catch us in error.  I suppose it makes them feel important or something.

But you know, in this little episode out of the scriptures I think we learn something interesting about spiritual knowledge.

Jesus says it’s found

  1. In the scriptures and
  2. In recognizing the power of God.

There are a lot of things I know nothing about.  In that sense – I’m pretty ignorant.

But I do know that Jesus was right when he pointed us to the scriptures and the evidence of God at work – that’s the real source of the deepest kind of wisdom.

So, don’t sweat it the next time someone tries to make a fool of you.  You know where real wisdom is found.

By the way – do you recall how that little episode between Jesus and his detractors ended?

“When the crowds heard Jesus’ answer, they were astonished at his teaching.”

That doesn’t surprise me a bit.  How about you?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for showing me the way to wisdom – in your word and your work.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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