Wisdom is justified in her children

My father once wrote, “Just as children can learn goodness by the lives of their godly parents, so faithful Christians can evidence in themselves the valuable wisdom of God.”

Those words were written in the margin of a commentary on the book of Matthew by H. Leo Boles in the 1950s. Boles, of Matthew 11:19 wrote, “The works of wisdom are the best evidence of wisdom.”[1]

Boles was addressing one of my favorite sayings of Jesus, “Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children” (Matthew 11:19 NASB).

The Pharisees were constantly critical of Jesus; they never liked anything he ever did. Jesus spent his time at weddings and feasts. They didn’t think that was a prophet’s proper behavior. Though they spoke admiringly of John the Immerser in this passage’s context they never obeyed what he said either.

Jesus compared the Pharisees to children in the marketplace criticizing other children for not doing what they wanted. “We played the flute for you, but you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn,” Jesus said about them.

Which had shown the wisdom of God? The childish Pharisees, or Jesus? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The New Living Translation renders Matthew 11:19 this way: “But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.”

James wrote, “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13 NASB).

The wisdom of Jesus’ teaching is shown in how he lived. The apostles were examples of the wisdom Jesus had taught them. The wisdom of God is shown in his children’s lives. Because they love him, they obey him.

What is your example?

[1] “Commentary on Matthew, page 248, The Gospel Advocate Company, 1959.

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