Thursday, April 17, 2014

For the Foolishness of God is Wiser Than Men, and the Weakness of God is Stronger Than Men

Eight hundred, twenty-seven American Indians are buried at the Solano Mission (Mission San Francisco de Solano) in Sonoma, California. Yesterday, I went on a field trip with the Little Leaguer and learned about the missions, especially this one. We were told that DNA tests can be performed on the adobe bricks because of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into making them. That is amazing to me…absolutely incredible! Of course, all of the American Indians were given Spanish names so I feel it is difficult to know about someone without their heritage but…

Further, it is hard for me to get a good grasp on the true magnificence of people throughout history. Learning his/her name (or revised name) is great (though I prefer the given one, by his/her parents) and pictures (or portraits) are wonderful but I, personally, need the individuals to jump off the page so I can relate to them. Perhaps video would help, but is obviously limited (anything prior to 1889 and the invention of the Kinetoscope is, of course, without “movement”). But, maybe, I am just lazy. I read God’s word often (I aim for daily) and feel I can connect with those mentioned in it, so…

10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment….12What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?... 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

18For 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. 19For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:10, 12-13, 17-31. ESV.)

I pray God will keep me from ever boasting in myself (or anything else, for that matter) other than Him. “For the Foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” That is breathtaking to me! In all my pride and when I am walking in the flesh, I am nowhere near even the “foolishness” or “weakness” of God!

827 American Indians were
laid to rest from the wall of
the mission, out across the
street.  That was their burial
ground.

The Mission San Francisco de Solano was humbling. The part that pierced straight to my heart the most was not the bricks, the building, the chapel, the barracks, or the tools with which they had to work. It was the American Indians. At the mission there was one padre and a handful of soldiers. (I would like to think the soul, the spirit of the mission was that of God.) The rest --- the heartbeat, the voice, the arms, the legs, the hands, and feet --- were the American Indians. They put all of the blood, sweat, and tears into that mission. The food was not sustaining enough. Many of them became sick and died (827 of which were buried and identified). They served, humbly. Why should I be any different?
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