A Lesson In Wisdom

“A Lesson in Wisdom”

  • Acts 17: 10-15 ..”(10) Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. (11) These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. (12) Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. (13) But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds. (14) Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. (15) So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed.”
Lesson in Wisdom
  • Berea – Their “goal”… Righteousnes (as defined in scripture)
  • Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”
  • Psalms 42: 1-2 – (1) As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. (2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”
  • Psalm 63: 1-3 – (1) O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. (2) So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. (3) Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.”
  • Isaiah 55: 1-2 – (1) “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. (2) Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.”
Lesson in Wisdom
  • Acts 17: 16-21 – (16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. (17) Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. (18) Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. (19) And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? (20) For you are bringing some strange things to our ears. Therefore we want to know what these things mean.” (21) For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.”
  • Athens – Their “goal”…. “worship” newer & newer “wisdom”
  • Ontology (metaphysics), epistemology,
  • Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, 
  • Age of reason (Rene Descartes)
Lesson in Wisdom


Ecc 1:9-10 – (9) That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. (10) Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.”

II Timothy 4: 1-4 – (1) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: (2) Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”                                           

  • Close:

Athenian Lesson?

            Guard against sugar coated idolatry

          Berean Lesson?

             Psalms 119: 105 – 106 – (105) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a

               light to my path.  (106) I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep

               Your righteous judgments.”

              Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for

               righteousness, For they shall be filled.”

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