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Thought for Today: “Pride of Intellect”
The trouble with the Scribes and Pharisees is that they thought they knew God. They knew the law and their interpretation of it. That’s’ why they got nothing out of Jesus’s teachings. It was a confidence in their own knowledge and in their own ability and capability.
In Jesus’s prayer He said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matthew 11:25)
It was the know-it-alls, the intellectuals, the religious who rejected Jesus, not the everyday man and woman on the street.
Paul said, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.” (1 Corinthians 1:26)
Intellectual pride is a great obstacle to belief in the gospel message and a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Maybe this is why in Jesus’s prayer to the Father He thanked the Father for withholding heavenly wisdom from the wise and learned and opened it up to the children of the faith.
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