Wisdom is vindicated by all her Children

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Wisdom logoProverbs 8 spells out the role of Wisdom as a active agent in Creation, the passage makes Wisdom female, but the didn’t stop first century Jewish Philosopher Philo refering to Wisdom as “The Word” and calling it/her/him “the first-born Son of God”.

The early Church recognised Jesus in Wisdom because Proverbs 8:24 presents this agent, “Wisdom” as “begotten” rather than “created”.

Abook 2nd Jesus connects himself with Wisdom in Matt 11:19 by quoting from the inter-testamental book of Ecclesiasticus: “Wisdom is vindicated by all her children”.

Interestingly many of the moral principles taught by Jesus as a teacher come from the 5 Wisdom books in the middle of the Old Testament. The table below highlights the idea embodied by the Beatitudes in Psalms and Proverbs.

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Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in spirit!
For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. "
In Isaiah, God had already declared he would dwell with the crushed and humble spirited. Moving in the Wisdom books he reaffirms this closeness.Psalm 34:18
"The LORD is near those with a broken heart; and saves those with a crushed spirit"
Psalm 51:17
"A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
Matthew 5:4
"Blessed are those that mourn!
For they shall be comforted "
Jesus lived this truth of course, a man of sorrow who endured the cross for the Joy ahead of hi,.Psalm 30:10-11
"You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness"
Matthew 5:5
"Blessed are the meek!
For they shall inherit the earth"
The meek inheriting the Earth is an idea appears explicitly in the Wisdom books.Psalm 37:9-11
"Those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth...  But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace"
Matthew 5:6
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness!
For they shall be filled. "
Jesus takes the idea of God rewarding those that want to be righteous to its logical conclusion.Proverbs 21:21
"The person who pursues righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honour"
Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful!
For they shall obtain mercy."
Mercy is regularly presented in the Wisdom books as a divine quality and as a attitude of which God approves and rewards. Proverbs 11:17
"The merciful man does his own soul good"
Matthew 5:8
"Blessed are the pure in heart!
For they shall see God "
Psalms links the idea of a pure heart with seeking God's face and implies that they will be rewarded in their seeking.Psalm 24:4-6
"He that has clean hands, and a pure heart... he shall receive the blessing from the LORD... This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek your face"
Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers!
For they shall be called the sons of God "
God's approval of those that seek peace is peppered through Psalms and Proverbs.Psalm 34:14
"Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it"
Psalm 37:37
"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace"
Proverbs 16:7
"When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him"
Matthew 5:10
"Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake!
For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven"
2 Chronicles 36:16 acknowledges that God's messengers get persecuted, then inPsalm 119:161 we read about the man who awes Gods word but is persecuted unfairly. Elsewhere God promises security and closeness to the righteous. See right...Prov 10:25
"When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more; but the righteous stand firm forever"
Proverbs 12:3
"The root of the righteous shall not be moved"
Proverbs 12:7
"The house of the righteous shall stand. "

 

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Christen Forster

Christen Forster is widely recognised as an original Bible teacher who brings people into a love of and confidence in scripture.

Christen has planted churches, been a youth worker, mission administrator and church leaders. The author of several books, Christen is now an itinerant minister, helping churches to step into a more deliberately spiritual experience of the Christian life while at the same time firmly rooting their practice in scripture.

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