Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Wisdom of God is all Wrapped up in Grace

I'm working on my sermon for tomorrow from Proverbs 10:31-32. I did my research for the message earlier in the week, but now that I'm putting my thoughts together, several important ideas and quotes have to be left for another time. That's why God created blogs! 

So here's an important quote from The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Harris et al.) regarding the meaning of the Hebrew word for Wisdom, Hochmah. The Bible's take on wisdom is quite different from what we're used to hearing about this word, so please read carefully: “Reflected in OT wisdom is the teaching of a personal God who is holy and just and who expects those who know him to exhibit his character in the many practical affairs of life…The emphasis of OT Wisdom was that the human will, in the realm of practical matters, was to be subject to divine causes. Therefore, Hebrew wisdom was not theoretical and speculative. It was practical, based on revealed principles of right and wrong, to be lived out in daily life.” 

So biblically speaking, God envisions wisdom as the manifestation of his character in the lives of those who love him and follow in his ways. Wisdom is not about saying smart things, or always having the answer, it's about loving God, becoming like him, and overflowing with his wisdom in daily life. Since we're all broken, imperfect, and fallible human beings, this requires that we constantly soak in the ocean of God's grace. 

Indeed, the Bible teaches us that Jesus, who made a way for our sins to be forgiven that we might be reconciled to God, IS the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:21, 24). Simply put, this means that the true wisdom of God comes all wrapped up in the grace of Christ, and to let him pour his grace out upon us is the beginning of wisdom. As Jesus transforms us through his grace, we become like him and walk in wisdom day by day. 

Wow, breath-taking for me, and I hope for you. May the God of wisdom and of grace capture our hearts and minds for the glory of his great name! 

(And by the way, Proverbs 10:31-32 says this: "The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.") 

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