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Mark 8 and the Foolishness of the Cross

July 24, 2009

In I Corinthians 1:22, Paul points out that Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but Paul preaches Christ crucified – a stumbling block.  In Mark 8:11, the very same things happens.  The Pharisees demand a sign from heaven from Jesus.  He refuses to give them one.  In Matthew 16, the same account is told, except Matthew tells the more developed account, where Jesus says, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”  This sign speaks to the death and resurrection after three days.  Jesus has no sign for the Jews other than the work he came to do no behalf of sinners which he mentions in 8:31, “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.”

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart” (I Corinthians 1:18-19).

May we rest in the wisdom of God, whose wisdom and power for us is in the cross of Christ.

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