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.

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