The Ornithologists Discovery

The Ornithologists Discovery

An ornithologist discovered a new plant in Scotland which had never before been found in the British Isles, and botanists immediately traveled to see the plant in its natural habitat. The plants were growing on two little rocky crests, composed of a slightly richer rock; they were surrounded on all sides by miles of nothing but wilderness. An ornithologist discovered the plant because any normal botanist would have despaired of the whole mountain long before he came in sight of its one rewarding acre.

Many men go their way in the search for truth. There are few who find it. Wandering in the wilderness of their human reason they will not go to the Word of God which appears from the distance to be but a barren outcropping. The Lord Jesus Himself said: ". . . I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes" (Matthew 11:25).

“For 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.” (1 Cor. 1:21)

1. Based on this illustration and this text, why resort to gimmickry to save people so foolish, if it dishonors God?

2. Read John 12:31­33. How do Jesus’ words challenge the person seeking truth without Christ and the believer who uses gimmicks to bring people to the truth?

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