The wisdom of man, as seen in Joab

1 Corinthians 1:18-26 discusses the wisdom of God as contrasted with that of man. This is a fascinating section that forces one to ponder the differences between God's wisdom and man's wisdom. In order to better understand I believe a character study of Joab is useful.  Joab was the commander of King David's armies, David's nephew, and powerful man in his own right.  Throughout his life he demonstrated the wisdom of man. Contrasted with David, a man after God's own heart, 1 Sam 13:14, we can see a good juxtaposition of God's and man's wisdom. What follows is a walk through the life of Joab, please crack open your Bibles and follow along. 1 Chron 2: 13-17 | David’s nephew, brother of Abishai and Asahel, cousin of Amasa

Read More

Before the Foundation of the World

Before the world ever came into existence, the Lord had purposed just exactly how His creation would exist. He knew where to place the Earth to provide a perfect place in the universe for life, and understood the intricate designs necessary to make His creation bountiful and good. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Finally he created man. He gave them dominion over his creation, that man should wisely use its bounty for his benefit. He gave them a mind to think, to judge, and to understand His will for them. In their hearts he put eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and in their perfection He designed them for that eternal purpose (Genesis 2:17).  

Read More