8/30/2015 0 Comments
Lesson 8 - "Wrapping It Up"
It is my prayer that each of you have already gone over Proverbs 8 on your own in preparation for today's lesson, but I'm going to put it here in it's entirety, placing the specific verses we'll comment on later in bold.
Note: I'm using The Full Life Study Bible, NIV, published by Zondervan © 1992 by Life Publishers International
"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: 'To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding. Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than find gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. The Lord brought me forth as the first of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before He made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world. I was the 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 the craftsman at His side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing always in His presence, rejoicing in His whole world and delighting in mankind. Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."
Please Note: The following notes are author's personal reflections, thoughts, and opinions on these passages, please, do not take them as absolute gospel . . . this is just how I "see" and "feel" the Lord speaking them into my own heart. I truly believe that God's Truth just IS, but that He does, however, reveal different aspects to us in different ways at different times. When sitting under the teaching of anyone, please, always remember to pray it through, research the Scriptures for yourself, and allow the Lord to place within your heart what He has for you.
After much prayer in just exactly how to "wrap" this study up, I would like to share with you my thoughts.
Jesus, Himself, told us that He IS the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) - How do you see this correlate with Wisdom in Proverbs 8:35?
He also told us that if we seek Him we will find Him - in fact, He's waiting right at the door of our heart, waiting for us to invite Him in FULLY to our lives (Rev. 3:20)
To close out our study, turn to 1 Corinthians 1. Here we read about Christ being the Wisdom and Power of God (verses 18 and on), but let us take a good look at verse 30, ". . . you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption."
This time of study with you has been an incredible blessing in my own life, and I thank you for the thoughts, prayers and comments you have shared with me along the way. I leave you with two prayers that Paul wrote (I'm not going to place them on this page, but encourage you to look them up, read them aloud to yourself and let them penetrate deep within your spirit.) You will find them in Philippians 1:9-11, and Colossians 1:9 b-14. These prayers are my prayer for you as you continue on your journey to obtain Wisdom and walk in the fullness of our Father's grace upon your lives!
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Karin Lynn-Hill, handmaiden of the Most High God, minister of the Gospel, writer, singer, speaker.
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