The Better Part of Wisdom

The Voice of Elijah®, July 1994

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Paul clearly understood that the content of the message he preached was wisdom. It was specifically “God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden {wisdom,} which God predestined before the ages to our glory; {the wisdom} which none of the rulers of this age has understood.” When taken together with his earlier quotation of Isaiah 29:14, that statement tells us he is talking about the “wisdom of God” hidden in The Teaching of Moses and The Teaching of the Prophets.

Note carefully that Paul tells us the things God has prepared for the Elect can be found fully described in “The Mystery.” Those things cannot be understood by the “natural man,” however, “because they are spiritually appraised.” [See “The Natural Man Is an Idiot (When It Comes to the Truth),” The Voice of Elijah®, October 1993.] He then concludes with a quotation of Isaiah 40:13 and an affirmation that True Believers “have the mind of Christ.” We’ll take a look at Isaiah 40:13 below, but first let’s take a look at the context in which Isaiah 29:14 occurs:

Be delayed and wait.
Blind yourselves and be blind.
They become drunk, but not with wine;
They stagger, but not with strong drink.
For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep,
He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
And He has covered your heads, the seers.
And the entire vision shall be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.”
Then the Lord said,
“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned {by rote,}
Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; And the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the discernment of their discerning men shall be concealed.”
(Isaiah 29:9–14)

Isaiah has just told you that God became angry after trying to deal with the idiocy of people who were unwilling to even consider the logic inherent in what Moses taught. So He told His Prophets to speak to them in enigmatic (parabolic) terms they couldn’t understand. Consequently, the parabolic statements made by the Prophets became “like the words of a sealed book” in order to make fools of the wise of this world.

“The Better Part of Wisdom,” The Voice of Elijah®, July 1994, pp. 7–8

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Pages 20
Author Larry Dee Harper
Language English

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