Proof in the Pudding

Early last Sunday morning, these two verses particularly caught my attention in my reading for the day:

For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he often fasted, and you say,
‘He’s demon-possessed.’
And I, the Son of Man, feast and drink, and you say,
‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the worst sort of sinners!’
But wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it. 
(emphasis mine, Matthew 11:18-19)

I could have added this passage to my post for the day (Wisdom Doesn’t Come Cheap) because it’s related to last week’s topic.  I expected to run off in a tangent, so I started a new post for my tangent.

I’d not noticed the part (in bold and italics) in verse 19 of Matthew before that day, this little sentence that basically says,

The proof is in the pudding.

With further investigation, I found this source’s explanation of the proof in the pudding quote:

This is an abbreviated version of the term the proof of the pudding is in the eating. To the British, pudding means the same as dessert in the US. The point of the term is that one cannot determine how good a dessert will be during preparation or based on appearance. How good a dessert will be can only be determined by the final taste.

MATTHEW 11:19b

Don’t you like the confirmation of this similar quote?  We can’t judge the pudding’s outcome during preparation or based on appearances – in the same way we can’t judge a person’s motives by appearance…and Jesus said it first.  The religious leaders were judging Jesus based on how his actions appeared, not on the truth. Their accusations weren’t based on wisdom at all!

I find it interesting each day as I read that often I see the Bible as the origin of many things:  our laws, customs, and even little quotes and sayings like this one about proof being in the pudding.

I remember laughing out loud as I discovered last year where our term being a scapegoat  came from – in Leviticus 16:10.  Those discoveries entertain me so much!  Do they entertain you, too?

Not that we need to be entertained by reading the Bible, but isn’t that just like God?  He gives me something to laugh about every day – either in His word or in life’s circumstances.   Besides being a completely loving and just God, he has a tremendous sense of humor!  It is awesome to connect with Him in that way!

We were created in His image, so it makes complete sense that we enjoy a sense of humor like His.

It’s a spectacular Sunday, and I hope yours will be blessed and at least a little humorous, too. 😉


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  1. Robin says

    I used a famous quote just this morning in my testimony……”The night is darkest just before the dawn”. We take it as meaning that things get worse right before they get better. (I was referring to my back pain and how it got worse right after I had hands laid on me in prayer, then, all of a sudden, it got a LOT better.)

    I already knew that quote came from scripture. It’s in a few places, actually…Isaiah and Psalms, that I know of. It’s funny how so many sayings are actually FROM SCRIPTURE. It’s also so ironic how people want to take GOD out of everything today. (that is very sad) …but are they going to stop using the bazillion quotes that came from scripture??? I doubt it…because they don’t know the origin.

    But if they KNEW the origin would they stop using them? Doubt it….they have been ingrained into our culture. Nobody is that “dedicated” to stop and say “Wait. I can’t say that quote anymore because it came from scripture”. LOL

    So why ya gotta take the name of GOD out of schools and government buildings? It is NOT hurting anybody. If you don’t WANT to say it, DON’T. If you don’t WANT to look at it, DON’T. But of course THAT isn’t gonna happen.