Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 10, 2016

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise” – “so that no man may boast before God.” – “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Job chapter 12.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“9 “Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the Lord has done this,
10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?

13 “With Him are wisdom and might;
To Him belong counsel and understanding.
14 “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt;
He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.

17 “He makes counselors walk barefoot
And makes fools of judges.
18 “He loosens the bond of kings
And binds their loins with a girdle.
19 “He makes priests walk barefoot
And overthrows the secure ones.
20 “He deprives the trusted ones of speech
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
21 “He pours contempt on nobles
And loosens the belt of the strong.
22 “He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light.
23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”  Job Chapter 12:  Verses 9-10 and 13-14 and 17-25.


Today’s Scripture describes God’s sovereignty.  In verses 9-10, Job refers to God’s sovereignty over “this”, namely over himself and his sufferings.  In verses 14 and 23, Job describes God’s sovereignty more generally over all, such as nations and “He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt.”  In verses, 17-25, the longest section of today’s Scripture, Job describes God’s sovereignty over whom I will classify as “the wise”  (counselors, judges, kings, priests, elders, nobles, and chiefs).

It is this last section of today’s Scripture which describes God’s sovereignty over the wise which will be the focus of today’s Scripture.  The following Scripture summarizes God’s action and purpose:  “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise  …  so that no man may boast before God.”   

“19 For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.”

20 Where is the wise man?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom;  23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God.  30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,  and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:19-31.

Other doctrine boasts in its wisdom, works, and alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine boasts in the LORD and His wisdom and His works and His will from “Unconditional Election” to “Limited Atonement” to “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the Five Points of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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