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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 Wisdom’s Appeal: Her Existence Before Creation: Prov 8:22-26

22) The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23) I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24) When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.
25) Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26) While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

INTRODUCTION:

Wisdom now makes an appeal for our reception and application by arguing of her close association with the Lord.  She proves this close relation to the Lord based upon her existence in eternity past….

EXPOSITION:

22) The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
Wisdom now explains several different aspects of its relationship with the eternal God…
1.  Perfect divine wisdom is closely related to Jehovah, it is His exclusive possession.  How long did He possess this wisdom? It has existed from eternity past, even before His creative acts.
(Wisdom, as an attribute of God, is a very part of God’s being.  God has never existed without wisdom as a part of his nature.  Therefore, since God is eternal, so too His wisdom.)

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, [be] honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

23) I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
2. Wisdom was molded (brought into existence and given shape) in eternity past.  Its existence was long before the beginning of the creation of the world around us.
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, [be] glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”   (Romans 16:25-27)

24) When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.  25) Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:  26) While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
To emphasize her existence before the creation of the world, she now lists several different stages in the creation of nature around us.  Keep in mind, she was in existence before any of these:
1. depths – oceans (Gen 1:)
2. fountains – springs, wells  (Gen 1:)
3. mountains – mountain ranges (Gen 1:)
4. hills – individual small hills (Gen 1:)
5. earth –  material that makes up the globe, dirt, mud, sand rock etc etc (Gen 1:)
6. fields – topsoil, fertile ground (Gen 1:)
7. highest part of dust – the gold, silver, precious gems etc. (The most precious items that are found beneath the surface of the earth.)  (Gen 2:12)

O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”   (Psalms 104:24)

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.”   (Jeremiah 10:12)

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.  When he uttereth [his] voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. (Jeremiah 51:15-16)

SUMMARY:

When we understand that God would not be God without His perfect wisdom, we can begin to see the importance of having His gift of wisdom in our lives.  Also, when we can see His wisdom on display in the creation around us, we should be greatly desirous of  having some of this wisdom in our lives as well.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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6 Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    I love learning about God from nature / creation, Pastor Rob. Thank you for helping us learn from the Proverbs about His wisdom . ..God bless you!

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  3. SLIMJIM says:

    I love this passage,since it shows the relationship between God’s Wisdom and creation

  4. The wisdom of God continues to amaze me. Time and time again, as various events happen, I am forced to conclude “There is none like God”. Scientists get surprises as they make “new discoveries” but we who know Him, see His wisdom in all He does. Wonder of wonders, He shares His wisdom with His children! May I be ready to receive!

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