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Wisdom Is Proved Right By Her Actions. Matthew 11: 19. Background. Questions about Jesus (Mt. 11:1-6; Lk. 7:18-23) Questions about John (Mt. 11:7-19; Lk. 7:24-35) Note the word “works” in Mt. 11:2 and 11:19; note the word “justified” in Lk. 7:29 and 7:35

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Background
  • Questions about Jesus (Mt. 11:1-6; Lk. 7:18-23)
  • Questions about John (Mt. 11:7-19; Lk. 7:24-35)
  • Note the word “works” in Mt. 11:2 and 11:19; note the word “justified” in Lk. 7:29 and 7:35
  • Mt. 11:19 has “works” … Lk. 7:35 has “children;” not a contradiction; both refer to what is produced; one’s offspring; the result (note the KJV has “children” in both places to alleviate this alleged contradiction)
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Matthew 11:19
  • “Wisdom is justified by her works” (ASV)
  • “Wisdom is vindicated by her deeds” (NASV, HCSB)
  • “Wisdom is shown to be true by its results” (TEV)
  • “Wisdom is proved right by her actions” (NIV)
  • “Wisdom is proved right by its results (REB)
  • “Wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it” (NTL) … “by what is does” (CEV)
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Matthew 11:19
  • “Wisdom” – God’s wisdom found in his word (Col. 1:9; 1:28; 2:3; 3:16)
  • “Justified” – acquitted of any error or wrong (Rom. 3:4)
  • “Works” – actions, deeds, results (Eccl. 9:1)
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Background
  • Jesus is saying that one must look at person’s actions or deeds for proof of his character (11:19b), not the peoples’ opinion about him (11:18-19a)
  • The actions of Jesus and John were counter-cultural and unpopular with many of the Jews (11:18-19a)
  • The actions and deeds of a person show the wisdom of that person
  • We say: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
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God’s Wisdom vs. Man’s Wisdom
  • Jesus and John were acting according to God’s wisdom (Mt. 11:2ff), and their actions were proved right in the face of all the people
  • When we act by man’s wisdom there will be negative results; when we act by God’s wisdom there will be positive results
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Wisdom Is Proved Right
  • The wisdom of God in heterosexual marriage is proved right (Gen. 2:18ff); homosexuality, polygamy, and fornication always lead to trouble
  • The wisdom of God in a faithful marriage is proved right (Heb. 13:4); adultery always leads to trouble (Prov. 2:12ff; 5:1ff; 7:5ff)
  • The wisdom of God in disciplining children while they are young is proved right (Prov. 22:6); undisciplined children always lead to trouble (Prov. 17:25; 29:15)
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Wisdom Is Proved Right
  • The wisdom of God in the church is proved right (Mt. 16:26; Eph. 3:8-10); salvation of the soul is important, not the entertainment of the body; the social gospel always leads to trouble
  • The wisdom of God in the gospel of the cross is proved right (1 Cor. 1:18-31; 2:5; 3:19-21); glorying in self always leads to trouble
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Wisdom Is Proved Right
  • The wisdom of God in daily living is proved right (Jas. 3:13-17); human wisdom always lead to trouble (dishonesty, foul language, alcohol, debt, anger, etc.)
  • The wisdom of God in hard work is proved right (Prov. 6:6-11); laziness always leads to trouble (2 Thess. 3:11)
  • The wisdom of God in belief is proved right (Heb. 11:1-3); unbelief always leads to trouble (Psa. 14:1ff; Rom. 1:18-31)
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Wisdom Is Proved Right
  • The wisdom of God in discipline through suffering is proved right (Heb. 12:5-11); a life without suffering does not mold character (Rom. 5:3-4)
  • The wisdom of God in local church discipline is proved right (1 Cor. 5:1ff); an undisciplined church leads to more sinful conduct
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Wisdom Is Proved Right
  • Popular opinion polls do not matter; what matters is walking by God’s wisdom and your actions will be proved right in time
  • Pick which wisdom you will walk by, God’s or man’s; either way, your actions and deeds will prove you right or wrong