Summary: Behold Your God - Wisdom of God
Reading: Romans chapter 11 verses 33-36.
• Patrick aged 10:
• “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
• Michael aged 14:
• “When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don't answer him.”
• Andrew aged 9:
• “Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Polo mint”
• Joel aged 10:
• “Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a cricket bat”
• Lauren aged 9:
• “Felt tipped pens are not good to use as lipstick”
• Michael aged 14:
• “Never tell your mum her diet's not working”
• Taylia aged 11:
• “When your mum is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair”
• Armir aged 9:
• “You can't hide a piece of broccoli in your milk”
“Socrates was said to be wise, not because he had all the answers
but because he knew how to ask the right questions”.
• This technique of learning actually has an official name:
• It is known as: The Socratic Method -
• Teaching by Asking Instead of by Telling
• In this section of the letter to the Romans:
• The apostle Paul takes a break;
• He has been teaching some heavy, heavy theology;
• Talking about God’s plan of Salvation regarding the Jewish people.
• Here in verses 33-36 he pauses and takes a break;
• These three verses are a mini poem, a hymn of praise to God.
• Having written about God’s plan of salvation;
• He has to stop and respond by praising God!
• Notice: This poem or hymn follows the Socratic Method:
• That is Teaching by Asking Instead of by Telling
• This hymn starts off with three questions;
• And finishes with three affirmations.
• And although no answer is given to the three questions;
• You can be sure that the answer to each questions is an emphatic no!
(1). Question 1: Has anyone been able to
anticipate what God is going to do?
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?”
• Paul’s words of praise in verse 34 are not original to him;
• They are borrowed from Isaiah chapter 40;
• Which like chapter 11 of Romans deals with the salvation of Israel from her sins.
• The context of the quote is that;
• Israel could not figure out or understand God’s plan of salvation;
• They were unable to how comprehend how God accomplishes His purposes:
• In response to this blankness - Isaiah would go on to say to the people;
• Some very well known verses:
Quote: Isaiah chapter 55 verse 8:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
9 As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Quote: The Message:
"I don't think the way you think.
The way you work isn't the way I work."
"For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think
• We like boxes.
• ill: Spent Monday morning packing away stuff from ‘Boomerang’ Holiday Club.
• When tried to put everything neatly into plastic boxes,
• And then neatly label them.
• We like boxes.
• ill: We use file boxes.
• ill: We have lunch boxes.
• Ill: We use storage boxes.
• ill: We receive and mail out packages in boxes.
• ill: So much of our food is bought in boxes.
• ill: We wrap presents in boxes.
• ill: As a kid I even had a toy called “Jack in the Box.”
• Boxes give us a sense of control and organization.
• If I got it in a box, and I got it labelled,
• Then I know exactly what I got!
Many people (Christians & non-Christians) try to put God in a box.
• ill: TV Programmes – God who fits there stereo type.
• ill: Photo-fit pictures of criminals.
• Media has a Photo-fit image of God – rarely does it match the Bibles view!
• ill: Christians too create theological boxes in their mind of what God can and can’t do.
• We like to be able to know that we can predict what he might do next.
• We want him to conveniently fits into our lifestyle;
• And to approve the choices we make.
• The problem is that the God in our box;
• Bears little resemblance to the true God living outside our box!
Quote: Job chapter 11 verses 7-9:
"Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens. . . They are deeper than the depths of the grave. . . Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea."