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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | August 25, 2018

The Justification of Wisdom (Luke 7:35). Dr. Robert L. Horton

“But wisdom is justified by all her children” (Luke 7:35). The context of this verse is a general condemnation of “the men of this generation” (v.31), specifically the leaders of Israel in Jesus’ day (v.30). Of them Jesus said, “They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying:

‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;

We mourned to you, and you did not weep.’” (v.32)

Israel rejected John the Baptist because he was too extreme as an ascetic. They rejected Jesus because He was not an ascetic. They were determined not to be pleased. They wanted to maintain the status quo.

In this classic pithy statement: “wisdom is justified by all her children,” Jesus calls for the examination of the fruit produced. Those John baptized repented of sin and sought instruction on how to please God. Jesus, even more so, pointed people to a new life in Him. The fruit from both were children of God. The children of Israel’s religious leaders demanded that Pilate crucify Jesus. It is clear who the wise teachers were.

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