“But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He hath a devil.’ The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified of her children [or vindicated by her deeds].” Matthew 11:16-19
So that generation is like someone who is calling everything wrong. They’re piping the wrong tune, they call the precursor of Christ–John the Baptist–a “devil” and their Messiah “gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” They do all of this and Christ says that “wisdom is justified of her children.”
Who are wisdom’s children?
I think wisdom has two children: the worldly wise (who are futile 1 Cor 3:20): pipers and those graced with the wisdom of God: Christ and John the Baptist. Although both the godly and the worldly are wise, it is in different ways which keeps the two clearly separated.
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. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 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? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:17-21
To top it all off it was wise to set it up this way, so wisdom is vindicated.
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