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Ezra’s Talk: Undervalued Wisdom
Video: The Book Of Ecclesiastes (0:00-5:43)
Small breakout Group discussion:
“There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”
-Ecclesiastes 9:14-18 (NIV)
Suggested Discussion Questions:
What value is there in wisdom?
If you had to choose, would you want to have wisdom, be poor, and not be famous, or would you want to be powerful and also corrupt?
What is the real value in avoiding sin?
The last part of the passage says “..but one sinner destroys much good.” What do you think this means?
Do you value wisdom in others? Have others noticed wisdom in you?
What is something people might make fun of that is actually a wise thing to do?
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