Sunday School Material 3-4-12: Wisdom's Origin

(Proverbs 8:22-35; 3/4/12)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God has created wisdom for His people to find and follow. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to find and follow after wisdom.

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Body:
Read Proverbs 8:22-31
I. Wisdom’s Pedigree (i.e., lineage or genealogy).
In this section of the Sunday School material the writer uses a literary devise known as personification. This is when you give a non-person the characteristics of a person.

In this case, wisdom (i.e., the non-person) is given the characteristics of a person (e.g., given birth, craftsman vs. 30, etc.). Wisdom is not presented as a god or goddess – polytheism. A key idea is that wisdom was in place before the world was created and established.

Applications –
- God the source.
Notice in vss. 22-24 of the Sunday School material that wisdom finds its source in the Lord. Furthermore, the Lord created wisdom before the Lord created and established the Earth and humanity.

First, since wisdom comes from the Lord, we should strive to find wisdom in the Lord and according to the ways that he prescribes. This is as opposed to trying to find wisdom by rejecting God and His instructions.

When science, philosophy, modern thinkers, or popular opinions reject God and His instructions and claim they have found or are seeking wisdom, they are going the wrong way.

Second, since wisdom has already been created, we are actually seeking what has been created, as opposed to trying to create it ourselves. It is a treasure hunt, not a laboratory, in which we create something.

Let’s live like we believe that God is the source of wisdom. When we behave like God doesn’t know what is best for us, we are behaving contrary to this application.

- God the creator. Notice in vss. 22-30 of the Sunday School material that the Lord created the world. The world is not the product of a big bang without a source of the bang. If anything, God used a bang to create His world.

It takes more faith to believe that there is no God and no creator than it takes to believe that there is a God, even though we don’t fully understand Him.

If there is no God, we have no explanation for where did the big bang come from, no explanation for why does a house fly and an elephant yet exist (i.e., evolution says that the fly should have been gone), and no purpose for living.

However, with God, we answer so many of the questions that come to the human mind. Let’s live like we believe that God is the creator. Such living should be known for obedience to the Creator.

Such living should be known for hope beyond what we see. Since God is the Creator, He can create whatever we need, whenever He decides to do so. Therefore, when what we have runs out, we can trust our Creator’s continued ability to take care of us.

- Rejoicing. Notice in vs. 30 that wisdom was filled with delight and rejoiced in the presence of the Lord and when he saw what God was doing.

Our Sunday School material teaches that we too should be delighted and find ourselves rejoicing in the presence of the Lord and when we see what God is doing.

Even though God is present everywhere, we should have a special sense of His presence in corporate worship. There is something terrible wrong when a person claims to be a Christian but have no delight or rejoicing in the worship of God in the sanctuary.

And then when we see what God is doing, we should rejoice. God is working things out for the good of His people.

Even though many of us have cried more than we thought we would and the journey has been longer than many thought that it would be, God is keeping us alive and is working things out for the good of His people.

And if we told the whole truth, things could be so much worse than they are. Let’s work on rejoicing in God’s presence and about what God is doing.



Read Proverbs 8:32-35
II. Wisdom’s Plea.
Wisdom calls for its readers to obey him. Obedience leads to blessings, life, and favor. The Sunday School material teaches that those who don’t listen are compared to fools.

Applications –
- Finding and obeying wisdom.
Notice in vs. 31-35 of the Sunday School material the urging to seek and obey wisdom, so we can be blessed. If knowledge is simply information then wisdom is knowing how to use the information. School and books can be great sources of information.

But it takes a prayerful striving to obey God to find and obey wisdom. When we find and obey wisdom, there are all kinds of blessings for us. Let’s work on finding and obeying wisdom with confidence that God will bless those who do.

The Pastor notes that he often sees young people with so much knowledge (esp. technology) but so little wisdom and so many seniors who have a wealth of wisdom but limited knowledge. If only the two could meet in the middle, how much better both would be.

- Foolishness. Notice in vs. 33 the implication of not finding and following after wisdom results in foolishness. Some people ignore wisdom because they did not seek or find it.

Others ignore wisdom because they think their ways are better for them than God’s ways. Whatever the reason for ignoring wisdom, the result is foolishness, vanity, and that which amounts to nothing.

Let’s not waste our fleeting moments and vanishing energy with foolishness. Our lives should be known for striving to understand and obey God’s will for our lives.

Conclusion: Let’s work on finding and following after wisdom. God has much for those who obey His will.

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