Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom’

The following is an excerpt from Bruce Waltke’s magisterial two volume commentary on Proverbs, which both Iain and I are using along with several other sources to prepare for our series on Proverbs. Note in the excerpt below, that God makes someone wise primarily so they can be of benefit to others. Waltke paints a beautiful portrait of one who does not acquire knowledge, but rather one whose character is formed in such a way that their whole person is consumed with Godly wisdom, and from this person formed under the wisdom of God flow innumerable benefits.

The wise person (hakam) possesses and exhibits the traits of wisdom (hokma) in its religious-social-ethical sense…Insead of being wise in his own opinion (Prov 26.5, 11, 12, 16) the wise is teachable, seeking the knowledge the gullible need (18.15), and storing it up (10.14). He listens to instruction (13.1) and counsel (12.5), accepts commands (10.8), and even loves reproof (9.8). A wise person walks with the wise (13.20) and ever increases his wisdom (1.5; 15.31-32; 4.18). Having found knowledge, he spreads it (15.7) and becomes a fountain of life to his community (13.14). His mastery of experience is due to his fear of the Lord and departing from evil (10.16). Since the wise are growing people, they become exceedingly wise (30.24); they themselves become authors of sayings (1.6 and 22.17). Their trait of mastering the moral order enables them to have control over their emotions (29.11) and to rule fools (11.29). They bring joy to their parents (15.20; 23.24), are themselves protected (13.14) and bring healing to others.

-Waltke, B. Proverbs 1-15 (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids 2004) pg 94

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Nobody wants to be stupid.  Most people want to be smart.  Only a few people desire to be wise.  Trinity Church will begin studying the ways of the wise as we dig deep into the book of Proverbs.   Sermons in this series can be accessed by clicking the links below.

Introduction to Proverbs (Prov 1.1-7) preached by Iain Boyd on June 6th, 2010

Who is the wise person? (Prov 1.8-33) preached by Iain Boyd on June 13th, 2010

Christ the wisdom of God (Prov 2) preached by Bishop Mark Lawrence on June 20th, 2010

Wisdom and the sufficiency of Christ (Prov 3.1-12) preached by Rob Sturdy on June 27th, 2010

Wisdom and the Heart (Prov 4) preached by Rob Sturdy on July 11th, 2010

The Sex Sermon (Prov 5) preached by Iain Boyd on July 18th, 2010

The Wisdom and Work of Christ preached (Prov 6.1-19) by Rob Sturdy on July 25th, 2010

Godly Parenting preached by Thad Butcher on Aug 1, 2010

How Sin Works (Proverbs 7) preached by Rob Sturdy on Aug 8, 2010

The Glory of God in Wisdom (Proverbs Eight) preached by Iain Boyd on Aug 15, 2010

Christ’s Sacrifice for our Foolishness (Proverbs 9) preached by Rob Sturdy on Aug 22, 2010

God and Wisdom (Proverbs Series) preached by Iain Boyd on Aug 29th, 2010

Man and Wisdom (Proverbs Series) preached by Rob Sturdy on Sept 5th, 2010

The Power and Weakness of Words (Proverbs Series) preached by Iain Boyd on Sept 19th, 2010

Friendship (Proverbs Series) preached by Rob Sturdy on Sept 26th, 2010

The Wise Man (Proverbs Series) preached by Iain Boyd on Oct 3rd, 2010

The Wise Woman (Proverbs Series) Preached by Rob Sturdy on Oct 10, 2010

The Fool (Proverbs Series) Preached by Iain Boyd on Oct 17th, 2010

The Wise Marriage (Proverbs Series) Preached by Iain Boyd on Oct 31, 2010

Wise Parenting (Proverbs Series) Preached by Rob Sturdy on Nov 7th, 2010