Living Powerful Lives (3 of 13) by Jerry Branch

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Living Powerful Lives (3 of 13)
Wisdom/Proverbs Series
Gerald D. Branch
Proverbs 1:20-33
June 7, 2009

Living Powerful Lives
IF you want God to bless, then listen and follow His wisdom

I’m reminded again of that song title about fools who rushes in where angels fear to tread.

Fools rush in…run in…full speed ahead

Well, we who know Jesus, and probably most people in general,
sure don’t want to be ‘fools.’

That’s why this book of Proverbs, a Wisdom book, is so important to us.

So as we move on into this part of the chapter one today,
Solomon writes about Wisdom using a technique called ‘personification’…
in other words, portrays ‘Wisdom’ as a person, a woman
who is doing the talking…and he calls her, ‘Wisdom’… AND…

There’s something in that itself that is actually important for us to understand.

There are several reasons, which I’m not going into great detail on,
but I do want to point them out…

First, the word “wisdom” that’s used here, (it’s the Hebrew Word, Coke-moth KHOCHMOTH), is unique, and is found only in Proverbs and the Psalms.

The word form used, though, has the characteristics of “Purity and Serenity”…
purity and peacefulness. So Wisdom is pure and brings peace.

And then, there is a very strong parallel to Luke 11:49 where
Jesus Christ speaks of Himself as the ‘sophia tou Thayou’…
or the Wisdom of God…therefore, we can rightly understand
‘Wisdom’ here in Proverbs as Jesus speaking to us.

That parallel is important because it helps remind us that the Old Testament and the New Testament are NOT separate and unrelated.

v. 20…“Wisdom calls out in the streets”…
literally, Wisdom calls out in the ‘wide places’…
But what does that mean?

Well, it’s a reminder to the hearer of Solomon’s day
that God uses His Prophets to speak His Wisdom,
and they needed to be listened to,

there’s a similar application for us today…because it’s a reminder to us that God has called a ...

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