paradoxOur ways are not God’s ways.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

First will be last and last will be first
Matthew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

• Gaining by forsaking
Mark 10 :29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, 30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life

• When I am weak then I am strong
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

• Least is the greatest
Luke 9:48 For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest.”

• To find life you must lose it.
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

• Found by those who are not looking
Romans 10:20 And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”

• Sinless condemned sinner declared righteous?
2 Corinthians 5:21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

• When you are dead, you are alive.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

• Love the hated
Matthew 5: 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

• To gain is to lose.
Luke 9:25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?

• Deaf hears and blind sees
Isaiah 29:18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
Isaiah 42:18 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Matthew 15:31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
John 9:39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

• Outsiders are called sons.
Romans 9:26 and, “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ ”

• Giving is receiving.
Acts 20:35 the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Are the opposites that defies human logic confusing and hard to understand?

Romans 10:18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

Romans 11:8 as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.”

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.