Monday, 17 December 2012

December 17th - Jesus is Wisdom

Jesus is Wisdom

Proverbs 8

"And as Jesus grew up, he increased in wisdom and in favour with God and people." (Luke 2:52)

Proverbs 8 personifies Wisdom, and makes clear statements about Wisdom's role in Creation:

I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 
when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 
when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world     
Jesus is Wisdomand delighting in humankind. (Proverbs 8:27-31)

While Colossians 1:15 states, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation," we must be careful about aligning the Wisdom of Proverbs 8 too closely with Jesus, as it also speaks of God creating Wisdom - Jesus is God and therefore not created, but Creator.

However, Jesus was wise. There can be no disputing that. People were amazed by His teaching, because He taught as one with authority (Mark 1:21-22), and He used parables - parable being the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for Proverb.

"Today, let us pray for wisdom in our own lives, that we might better follow Jesus and show Him to those around us this Christmas."

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