An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wisdom Waits

(Proverbs 8:23 KJV)  I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

This passage of Proverbs is both uplifting and confusing.  Verses 22-31 are talking about creation and how Wisdom was present and involved.  The glory and grandeur of God and His power can be exciting.  The confusion comes because we seem to see evidence of Jesus mixed with qualities that cannot apply to Him.

As I look at some of the commentaries I have available I see that some state that this is talking about Jesus and His role in creation.  Go carefully on that because there are places in here that seem to say that this “wisdom” is created.  That would rule Jesus out.  Adam Clarke puts it this way:
“This is poetical and highly figurative; and they who think they find the deity of Jesus Christ in these metaphors should be very cautious how they apply such terms as these; so that while they are endeavoring to defend the truth, they may do nothing against the truth, in which most of them unhappily fail.”
What we can be sure of is that true wisdom is a product of the creative power of God.  It is something that is rooted in truth outside ourselves or our experience.  When we acquire wisdom we are partaking of the genius of God, not just showing off our depth.

So?  Enjoy the mystery and the theories but don’t get carried away with theories about wisdom.  Study it.  Apply it.  Live it.  It is bigger than you are.

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