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Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vs.21 At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy
Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because
you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have
revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
The contemporary world is an informative world.
Information is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is more
related to praxis and knowledge is more intellectual. Wisdom is a gift of
This passage is a speech that Jesus gave by rejoicing
in the Holy Spirit. The immediate context of the passage was the return
of the seventy whom were assigned by Jesus to preach the Gospel. So Jesus
was giving them the insight to be happy because their names were
written in heaven. It was followed by the explanation to them about the
reason of his rejoicing. Jesus was rejoicing over the fact that it is the
Father’s will to reveal “these things” to “little children.” The “little
children” would be Jesus’ disciples.
Jesus challenges the scribes and Pharisees who claims
that they are wise. Jesus says that meeting God is the true wisdom. It is
not possible until God himself reveals to you and that demands a life
according to the will of God. It demands a discipleship to His son Jesus
Christ. He addresses them as children and wanted to say that being like a
child or being humble is a necessity for the revelation of God.
Secondly Jesus wanted to say that the medium of
revelation is Him. The authority has been given to him over the
revelation of Father. So the Father reveals the Son to us. And the Son
reveals the Father to us. It works both ways.
The Holy Spirit can be said to create and nourish
faith in our hearts through the gospel, through the means of grace.
Therefore all three persons of the Trinity are active and involved in
making God and his salvation known to us. This is how divine revelation
And finally, Jesus concludes this passage by saying
that the true blessedness is knowing Christ. Jesus is rejoicing when we
find true wisdom, that is finding Jesus Christ the Son of God and
through Him the God Almighty. May the God Almighty helps us to experience
Your desires is for what is true in the inner parts; in
the secrets of my soul you will give me knowledge of wisdom. Amen.
- (Psalm 51:6)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…