Last year, somewhere around this time, I had an awesome opportunity to intern at Lisle Memorial Baptist Church in Jane and Finch (Toronto, Ontario). While I was interning there I had an opportunity to share the word of God with the saints that worshiped there. It was a very interesting experience being 20 years old, coming from a traditional (African) Pentecostal church, to sharing the word with a completely different audience of ethnicity, and denomination.
It put me in a challenging position to grow as an aspiring preacher and I really enjoyed it. The gospel was preached and I believe lives were changed. That day, I believe I preached a sermon from the book of Proverbs on “embracing wisdom”; as I have been reading a proverbs a day throughout this month of June, Proverbs 7 threw itself right out of the page in my face, and it is quite similar to a section of my sermon dealing with the purpose of the Proverbs and who and what wisdom is.
Wisdom is embodied in the Proverbs and acts as God’s dynamic word. In the New Testament, Jesus becomes the wisdom and the word of God. Embracing Wisdom is Embracing Christ. Christ is Wisdom.
See the graph below.
|Origin of Wisdom||Teaching of Wisdom||Value of Wisdom|
|In God (v.22)||Prudence(vv.5,12)||Yields riches and honor (v.18)|
|From everlasting (v.23)||Understanding (v.5)||Greater than gold and silver (v.19)|
|Before all things (vv.23-30)||Excellent thing (v.6)||The wise are blessed (vv.32,34)|
|Truth (v.7)||The wise find life (v.35)|
|Hatred of wickedness (v.7)||The foolish love death (v.36)|
Fear of the Lord (v.13)