Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wisdom Personified in Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8 – Wisdom Personified
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."  (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

A completed circle on “Wisdom” –

Prov. 1:20-21 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks . . .

Prov. 8:1-2 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;

Why is wisdom “she”? The Hebrew word, Chokmah (כמה), is a feminine noun.

Wisdom is the voice of Heaven calling to the young man in contrast to the brazen adulteress in the street – See 7:4-5. (Charles Bridges)

Start the Search!
Where is wisdom to be found? (8:1-3)
Who is wisdom trying to reach? (8:4-5)
What are the characteristics of wisdom? (8:6-16)
What are the rewards of wisdom? (8:17-21)

Christ, the Embodiment of Wisdom -- Proverbs 8:22-31

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption . . .     First Corinthians 1:30

Final Exhortation of Wisdom -- Proverbs 8:32-36
"And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death."  

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