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The Wisdom of the Wise

Old Testament

A Sermon on Isaiah 5:21

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight! (ESV)

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What is your greatest need? Is it health, fitness, employment, love? Do these desires distract you from your need for God? Throughout history, mankind has been cycling through philosophies to explain away their need for God and declare their own intellectual superiority. In this sermon on Isaiah 5:21, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that these philosophies are recycled like clothes that go in and out of style and fashion. There is no truly new philosophy. Moreover, he points out that any philosophy that leads man to say “there is no God” is foolish and is a copy of the first sins in the garden of Eden. In fact, he points out that wherever mankind says “I know best” they are in danger of repeating the sin of Adam and Eve. This kind of intellectual and moral superiority is not only false, but also dangerous. When a man tries to solve his problems with intellect he may solve some bodily ailments, but he cannot repair the state of his own soul. Are you caught up with fixing your own problems? Do these “solutions” distract you from Christ and the salvation that He provides? Sin is your greatest ailment and Christ is your only remedy.

Additional Scripture Translations

Isaiah 5:21, New American Standard Bible

21Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes

And clever in their own sight!

Isaiah 5:21, King James Version

21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.