David C Cook COVID-19 Response


Two Kinds of Wisdom

Lesson 13 


Summer 2020


By: RLD Editorial Team 


August 30, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Beware! The world’s wisdom leads to envy, disorder, and judgment.

Bible Basis:

James 3:13-18; 5:7-12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Two Kinds of Wisdom

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Resting Place” by Casey J
Music Video, Contemporary: “Rise with a Roar” by Kees Kraayenoord
Ellicott’s Commentary on James 3 and James 5
Guzik’s Commentary on James 3 and James 5
Barclay’s Commentary on James 3 and James 5

Memory Verse:

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
—James 3:17

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

As schools in the United States head toward reopening for the fall semester, they would do well not to take the advice that proved harmful in Israel. With the first wave of COVID-19 cases trending downward, the counsel from the government, including the prime minister himself, was to be smart but otherwise “Go out and have a good time.” When schools began, windows were kept open to improve fresh air circulation. But when it got hot outside, the government exempted everyone from wearing masks for four days and allowed schools to shut their windows. The decision was disastrous, as the nation had its largest outbreak of the coronavirus and had to close schools and businesses across the country. The advice that came from people, especially based on comfort, sounded good but resulted in calamity.

James tells us that the wisdom that comes from above—that is, from God—is pure, promotes peace, and results in mercy and good fruit. Wisdom from below produces strife, envy, competitiveness, and selfish ambition. Our world produces advice that is focused on exalting the individual, and this leads to strife. God’s wisdom is focused on exalting God and loving others, and this leads to blessing.

  • When have you taken advice that sounded good but resulted in disaster?
  • What’s an example of popular worldly wisdom that results in conflict or harm?
  • How have you seen wise advice lead to peace and love in your life?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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