Welcome to 2017! Happy New Year! No resolutions here! Only relaying Godly wisdom and love. Resolute in prayer and a partial fast, I’d love to see revival, miracles and Jesus return in the Rapture, but until then, we are holding fast to our profession of faith and keeping our eyes fixed on His wonderful face….
So, is wisdom a woman? What is Solomon thinking here? He apparently learned a lot from Bathsheba who learned from her mistakes and they were huge. But is wisdom a woman? I catch some flack about certain opinions, but He created everything male and female, even angels, some disagree. But a verse in Ezekiel, speaks of women with wind in their wings, and they are carrying a basket, in the basket, wickedness on the way to Babylon. So, in this case, wickedness, could also be a woman. Why not wisdom?
Could this be an angel, a woman named wisdom? Solomon asked for wisdom, did he not? And even if she is not some angel on assignment, the writer appears to be wise way before his time giving credit to women in a time when they were not given much.Women were possessions, in many cultures, fit to do work, bear children. Girls were not as valued as sons. Concubines were slaves, even though they were not to be abused, they were slaves and baby makers for barren women. Jesus elevate women with His ministry.
Jael was skilled in pitching tents, she pitched some woo at Sisera and nailed his head to the floor. Although Israel was to win the battle, what a way to go. Gruesome. And the woman of Thebez dropped a boulder on her enemy’s head. So there were some tough cookies, warriors, and really bad girls. And we thought we lived in perilous times.
So whether this is prose, or the writer’s use of his imagination of wisdom, an actual heavenly being, or just the God given thought process. It’s like calling a boat a she. Wisdom is being called a woman, so as women, we need a lesson in wisdom, more than one. Let’s take a look. Proverbs KJV, but read other translations.
1.The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; / Solomon was the wisest man in the Bible but gave in to idolatry. He disobeyed God, and let women get to him. Jesus called Himself greater than Solomon, so His words are even wiser as we know.
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; / Even though the Hebrew word for know is not the same as used for procreation, the intimacy of knowing is still there. And perceive, Jesus perceives in His Spirit, it it still, knowing. It is a way to pick up on things.
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; / This is pretty self explanatory. We have to receive it.
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. / other translations say prudence and insight, we know the devil is subtle, in an attempt to copy God’s still small voice.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: / Look to wise men and women.
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. / dark saying are more like mysteries and riddles, not everyone understands. Jesus, Himself, spoke in parables.
So here’s an introduction, we’ll follow wisdom through the streets for a while this month and hopefully catch up to her and listen. Rebecca Jones
*** Just to be clear on this, Jesus is our wisdom. …to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:2