The last few verses of this proverb return to the personal — to the practical application of what it means to have wisdom. By contrast, the intellectual knowledge about wisdom’s preexistence, about wisdom’s presence at Creation, is certainly deep. But in the Bible, truth must always at some point come down to the human level and how we respond to what we have been given in Jesus.
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Read Proverbs 8:32-36. What life-and-death message […]
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Key Thought : Wisdom refers to a diving being – the pre-incarnate Christ, who was Cocreator with the Father and served as mediator even before sin.
[Lesson Plan for Divine Wisdom January 19, 2015]
1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 8:13-17.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why is being proud and arrogant listed with evil?
c. Personal Application: Does God only love those who love Him? What is this saying […]
In Genesis 1 we see that each step of the Creation concludes with the same refrain: God saw that it was good (see Gen. 1:4, Gen. 1:10, Gen. 1:12, Gen. 1:18, Gen. 1:21, Gen. 1:25, Gen. 1:31). The last step (Genesis 1:31) goes even further: It was very good. The Hebrew word for good contains the idea of enjoyment, and it also implies relationship. At the end of the whole Creation week God pauses to fully enjoy His creation (Gen. […]
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Proverbs 2:2 NLT
In grade school, my teacher was talking about the possibility of solar powered cars. A sincere question came to my mind. I raised my hand and asked, “How would these cars run in the dark?” My teacher was angered by my question. I can’t recall if she actually called it a stupid question, but she sure made me feel stupid! She told me that, obviously, there was a battery […]
Read Proverbs 8:22–31. How is wisdom related to Creation?
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In these texts wisdom is mysteriously related to the Lord as the Creator. This poem shares many common words with the Creation account in Genesis 1 and 2, and even reflects its literary structure, organized around the three basic elements of heaven, water, and earth. The intention of this parallel is to emphasize the primary credential of wisdom: if God Himself used wisdom to […]
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:12-13 NLT
It is impossible for a truly wise person to be proud and arrogant. Wisdom is talking in the quoted passage, saying she hates pride and arrogance. in dealing with so many people in various situations, I have noticed how beautifully wisdom and humility go […]
When I was a little kid I had a strange and wild imagination. I would lie awake at night wondering how I got to be me. Why was I not a dinner table chair instead? (That only freaked me out even more – thinking about the possibility of being something that doesn’t even know it exists. How do you exist without knowing you exist? Freaky!) Why was I not a bear in Alaska? How did I get to be born in my […]
Read Proverbs 8:1–21 (NKJV). According to these verses, what is the value of wisdom?
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Wisdom is so important that it must reach everyone. God created all human life, and Christ died for each one of us. So wisdom, the knowledge of God and the salvation He offers, is for every human being.
Look at the words used to describe wisdom’s vocal presence: cry out, lift up her voice, call,voice, speak, opening . . . […]
Proverbs is familiar territory for most of us, particularly if we grew up in the days of learning doctrinal texts and Sabbath School memory verses. I can still remember many of them:
Prov 1: 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Prov 3: 5, 6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Prov 3: […]