Here is the Wednesday evening sermon for Wednesday, September 10th, 2008.
EVERYDAY WISDOM PART 5
WHO IS WISDOM?
The Olympics were a few weeks ago. While I didn’t watch all of what took place. I did want to watch Michael Phelps in swimming. He was trying to break Mark Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in one Olympic games. I watched two of Phelps events live; the first one and the last one. It was exciting to see him win the last one, and get the record. He basically has become the personification of what an Olympic athlete is.
The theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom. It is a wisdom that covers everyday living. But have you ever thought of wisdom as not some type of thought, or philosophy, but as a person or personification. Can wisdom be described that way?
Well, this is what tonight’s lesson is all about.
I endeavor to show you this evening that The perfect personification of wisdom is none other than Jesus Christ.
Now before we look into God’s word, let’s ask for the help of the Holy Spirit.
1. In Proverbs, wisdom is personified.
Proverbs 1:20 ESV – Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice…
Proverbs 8:1 ESV – Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?
Proverbs 9:1a ESV – Wisdom has built her house.
A. Now we are not going to read all the verses in these chapters, just cover the highlights of them.
The point I want to make is that Solomon personifies wisdom. This is a literary technique giving an idea a personality and having it behave in human ways. This technique gives us a better picture of an abstract idea, in this case, of wisdom.
Let’s take a quick glance at what wisdom says here in Chapter 1, 8, and 9.
2. Wisdom cries out to those who refuse to listen.
A. In chapter 1:20-33 wisdom is pleading with those who think they can get alone without her.
Now the reason that wisdom is personified as a woman is because the Hebrew word for wisdom is in feminine form.
B. Wisdom raises her voice at the city markets, noisy streets, and the city gates (vv. 20-21).
Wisdom is not calling on people in secret, but in the busiest circles of society. You see, wisdom from God is not just for our own prayer life, or our quite place with Him, but it is for all times of our life, even the places of busyness.
C. Here Wisdom is crying to three types of people: the simple, the scoffers, and the fools (v. 22).
Simple in Hebrew means, “Naïve in their thinking.” Scoffer in Hebrew is, “Those who mock, or are scornful, those who talk arrogantly.” Fools in Hebrew is, “A simpleton, an arrogant one, a stupid fellow.”
D. Wisdom is crying out over their refusal to listen to her instructions and warnings (v. 22).
E. Because they refuse to listen, calamity will come upon them (vv. 24-32).
F. Those who listen to wisdom will be secure (vv. 23&33).
3. Wisdom declares what the fear of the LORD is.
Proverbs 8:13 ESV – The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
A. Since the Lord is completely perfect and good, in order to fear Him we must hate evil.
Specific evil is listed in this verse.
B. Pride and arrogance.
C. The way of evil.
D. Perverted speech.
More than likely, perverted speech is talking about destructive words. In Hebrew that is what it literally means. I believe it could be referring to words use to harm others and try to bring about their destruction.
4. Wisdom has built a house.
Proverbs 9:1a ESV – Wisdom has built her house…
A. Basically, in this chapter, Wisdom has built a house and is preparing a meal and sending out an invitation for people to share in the banquet.
B. This leads us to our final point.
5. How is Jesus the perfect personification of wisdom?
A. Because the Spirit of the Lord shall rest on Him, giving Him wisdom.
Isaiah 11:1-3a ESV – 1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
This is a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ. Notice what the Spirit of the Lord resting on Him brings: the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.
B. Even as a child, he possessed the wisdom of the Lord.
Luke 2:40 ESV – And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
C. Within His crucifixion is the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:20-24 ESV – 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
You may ask, “What does Jesus being the personification of Wisdom have to do with everyday wisdom?” Well, everything quite honestly. Only through Jesus Christ can the true wisdom that God has for us be revealed and even applied to our lives.
The Lord longs for Christians to take the wisdom of God and share it in their every day lives and situations. When we understand that true wisdom comes through Jesus Christ, then we begin to understand that Jesus must become a very real factor in our everyday lives.
Who will you share the wisdom of God with this week?