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Our Old Testament reading for this week is from Proverbs chapter nine. Here “Wisdom” is the main character. Let’s take a look at the nature of this “Wisdom” and see how she is described.
In verse two she provides for others. In verse three she calls out invitations. She does this from the high place, the part of an ancient city where the defenses were greatest and where the temple to a god would be. In verse four she calls out to those who are foolish or inexperienced, offering them welcome and provision. Verse six calls those very people to some sort of conversion, as they are to follow her rather than themselves. In verses seven through nine she brings correction.
Who is “Wisdom”? She’s got all the characteristics of God, as shown in the Bible. He is the one who calls people to himself. He is the one who created and sustained everything and provides for human needs. He is the one who changes people’s lives, who corrects them, and who shows them the way of life. He is the high and exalted God, the strong tower, the defense of all who believe him Him.
When we are called to true wisdom, we are called to the true God of the Bible. There’s no substitute. He is the only one who has ever made concrete promises and then kept every last one. Knowing God by His grace through faith is the only way to wisdom and understanding. May the Lord open our eyes.
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