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Contemporary Comments 2017
Texts: Proverbs 14; Daniel 7:25; Mark 12:30, 31; Proverbs 15:3; Isaiah 5:20; Proverbs 15; Matthew 20:26–28
The fateful interception. That’s the way to summarize what was hard to believe with your own eyes. Last Sunday’s final 30 seconds of Super Bowl XLIX left everyone spinning in disbelief. The New England Patriots needed to survive a final drive by the Seattle Seahawks at the 1-yard line in order to clinch their 28-24 lead.
Fans of football all know the big names like Tom Brady, Ron Gronkowski, and Vince Wilfork. But when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson fired off a pass to Ricardo Lockette, coming out of the blue was a young, 24-year-old Patriots rookie who intercepted the ball and became a new legend—Malcom Butler. It was one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes ever!
Another spectacular juggling catch that needed instant replay to believe was a throw Wilson made to Jermaine Kearse—who was tackled while attempting to receive the ball as it bounced into the air—then bounced again and again without touching the ground until he finally snatched and held it.
Though Seattle was seeking to become the first NFL repeat champions in a decade, the brilliant Brady was not to be outdone. Tom Brady was unstoppable and threw more Super Bowl touchdown passes than any other quarterback in history—surpassing the great Joe Montana. Some called this incredible game the “drama from the desert.”1
Whether it’s looking confidently at a 10-point lead or watching an unimaginable interception when you are inches away from victory, life has a way of dropping surprises in your lap. No matter how accurately we think we can predict the future, we must live humbly and remember the message of this week’s Sabbath school lesson: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).
A missed touchdown isn’t a life or death issue for most of us (if you’re not from Seattle anyway!). Most of us will never have 70,000 people shouting at us as we make choices for good or evil. But heaven watches. And so does the enemy. God shines the light of wisdom on our path. But the devil spreads darkness and deception.
Proverbs is a book that warns the blind fool to not speak proudly, mock wisdom, or live impulsively. It teaches us to speak humbly, value learning, and make calm decisions. These come, not from walking by sight, but by walking in faith. The Christian knows the unbelievable can happen when you believe.
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