Bible: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:6-16
The Message of the Cross
1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” 1 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? 2 Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. 1:22 For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, 1:23 but we preach about a crucified Christ, 3 a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 1:24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, 4 and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 5
2:10 Now 18 a river flows 19 from Eden 20 to water the orchard, and from there it divides 21 into four headstreams. 22 2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it runs through 23 the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 2:12 (The gold of that land is pure; 24 pearls 25 and lapis lazuli 26 are also there). 2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it runs through 27 the entire land of Cush. 28 2:14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it runs along the east side of Assyria. 29 The fourth river is the Euphrates.