MP3: Jesus is Wisdom - Dave Bish (20mins)
These are my notes not a script so please forgive lack of detail:
Ever felt out of your depth – in need an expert? Try Parenting. Or, see Gordon calls Sir Alan. Everyone’s an expert in the age of Google and Wikipedia. Progress or regress? People build libraries – curiosity killed the cat, but I don’t see cat’s at uni in the SW. Curious like Zach. God made us to be wise – but wisdom is to be received not grasped.
Proverbs read wrong is holy self-help. Not in church! Proverbs is about Jesus – how to live, not what you expect – Proverbs 8:22-36 hear the supreme expert – hear wisdom speak, speak to all of life. Makes British Library and Internet look like a post-it note.
A. YOU NEED THE ULTIMATE EXPERT (v22-31)
(muchly helped by Matthew Henry in this section, Henry notes these five characteristics)
Listen and hear: First, His personality.
V22 brought forth by the LORD, V24 given birth, V25 given birth, V30 at his side
Zach not concept, photos, records. A person – as is Wisdom. Who? The person Christ. Lady Wisdom, in story of father teaching son how to work and who to marry shows us Christ, the one the church is to marry.
Second, His eternality.
V22 Before the deeds of old, V23 From eternity, V23 There before the world
Jesus: before Abraham was, I AM. Wisdom precedes all created. He’s before all people.
2nd Adam b4 1st Adam. Unlike all others – his books stand above Waterstones Spirituality – human ideas vs. the heart of God. He wrote the book on life.
He is before the sea. V24 He was there when there were no oceans. Devon! He is before the sea! Makes the pyramids look like prefabs. Makes Stonehenge look like a new build. Prov 28v2: Four managers NUFC get relegated. Ecc 1v10: innovation is repetition. Recessions come and come again. Political corruption comes and comes again. Precedes all: ‘in him was the life of men’.
Third, His creativity.
He can ask: where were you at creation? We’re speechless. By Jesus all that has been made was made.
We imagine: masters of universe, makers of god. He made us. Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, ‘lady wisdom’ with the Father at creation. 1st Day God said, ‘let there be light’ – Jesus spoke, turned on the lights. 2nd Day God made the expanse of the heavens – v27 –Jesus marked out the horizon. 3rd Day Waters were gathered – v27 – Jesus put the clouds in place. BBC Jet Stream Doc. Jesus made clouds.
Jesus, creator, recreator.
Fourth, His delight, by his Father. How can we know God? Son reveals Father. Son signifies Father. Zach and Dave.V30 Jesus was with his Father. William Cowper: “Myself the Father’s pleasure”
The Father delights in his Son!
Fifth, His delight in us. Cowper “Myself the Father’s pleasure, and mine the sons of men”. Man climax of creation – even planned salvation & the cross before creation. Joy in us! (though how can he delight in us...?) - how amazing that he who has the eye of the Father would take joy in us... such is adoption!... such is the glory of the cross..
B. YOU’RE INVITED TO COME AND FEAST (v32-26)
LIFE TO THOSE WHO HEAR.
V32 Listen to Wisdom! V34 Daily watch at wisdoms doors, wait in his doorway. For, V35!! Take all opps to get. Come daily to the door. Hang on every word. Bible to adore him. Eternal life is to know Jesus.
Remarkable! Cowper: “Thus wisdom’s words discover, your glory and your grace, you everlasting lover of our unworthy race!” And See the Wisdom of the Cross: “Your gracious eye surveyed us, before the starts were seen above, in wisdom you have made us, and died for us in love” Majestic personality, eternality, creativity and delight. How can he delight in us!? THE CROSS!! Shame + folly, History. Secures favour where there was deserved wrath
DEATH TO THOSE WHO REFUSE
Sin isn’t wrong ideas or broken commands – it’s personal turning from Jesus. V36: harms self. What does it look like to refuse wisdom?
a) taking on Stephen Hawking at theoretical physics or Usain Bolt at running. Puffed up self-obsession. Instead of Jesus-obsession and self-forgetfulness.
b) Pity, self-fixing. Puffed up self-obsession. Instead of Jesus-obsession and self-forgetfulness.
Refusing Jesus is to go to the house of Madam Folly to eat. House of death. Wisdom, v36, passes sentence. We all try to solve the riddle of life ourselves – we and all in Arb, Rdg, Wok. We turn from Wisdom to self. 17 year old passes test – unconsciously incompetent. Confess our folly. Face wisdom we can become consciously incompetent and enter his house, v35, 9v5. Eat + drink, know him! Have him! Personal, eternal, creational, delighted. Cowper: “Unfathomable wonder, and mystery divine! The voice that speaks in thunder, says ‘sinner I am thine!’