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1 Corinthians 1:27

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

 

To confound means to dishonor or disgrace, to put to shame or make ashamed. According to this verse in 1 Corinthians, God has chosen foolish and weak things of the world to dishonor or disgrace, to put to shame or make ashamed wise and mighty things.

There was an occasion in Luke the thirteenth chapter where Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath, in the synagogue, who had been bowed together with an infirmity for eighteen years. The ruler of the synagogue spoke publicly against what Jesus had done and said with indignation, “There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.”

Since the ruler of the synagogue had spoken publicly, Jesus answered him publicly and said, “Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

Then in Luke 13:17 the Bible says, “And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.” All His adversaries were ashamed or were confounded and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things He had done.

Jesus then begins teaching about what the Kingdom of God is like.

Jesus confounded the wisdom of the religious order of the day, by bringing life and healing in their synagogue, outside of their rules, customs, rituals and teachings.

We often complain because we end up in situations and circumstances of life that defy our understanding. Often times the Lord has allowed that so that He can confound our wisdom and strength and bring healing and life to us in that very place.

To God be all the glory.

 

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