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“…and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

 

and again,

Paul quotes another Scripture from Psalm 94:11. In speaking of divine wisdom, Paul shows his knowledge of Scripture by quoting Scripture.

“The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

God knows the “thoughts” (reckoning) of men, and they are “futile.” The word “thoughts” is a word that conveys the idea of to think through, to dialogue. Through dialogue, a man wants to give his input into understanding, but man can give no input into eternal truth. The word “futile” means without result, fruitless, empty. Human wisdom is unable to grasp transcendent truth because it is finite and limited. It is void of true content.  

PRINCIPLE:

It is of no use to appeal to human wisdom to prove divine wisdom because human wisdom cannot grasp divine wisdom.

APPLICATION:

Human wisdom is totally inadequate to orient us to eternal truth. Human wisdom cannot bring us to salvation or to an understanding of an infinite God.  

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