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The Story of God: Wisdom

1 Kings 3:4-28, NRSV
Matthew 9:35-36, NRSV


In the literature of Scripture, wisdom is, broadly speaking, the knowledge of God’s world and the knack of fitting oneself into it. The wise person knows creation. He knows it boundaries and limits, understands its laws and rhythms, discerns its times and seasons, respects its great dynamics. He understands that creation possesses its own integrity and significance quite apart from his claim on it, and quite apart from any possibility that creation will make him happy. The wise person gives in to creation, and he gives in to God, and he does the first because he does the second. He knows that the earth is the Lord’s, and so the fullness thereof. He knows that wisdom itself is the Lord’s. He knows some of the deep grains and textures of the world because he knows some of the ways and habits of its maker.

— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be

  • Wisdom is always interesting, fascinating
  • Begins with asking questions; 3 Questions
  • What’s your greatest need in life?
  • v7 Solomon asks for wisdom
  • Wisdom is beginning of humanity
  • Fear of the Lord is beginning of wisdom
  • Wisdom is hard work, it’s difficult
  • What is the most important thing in your life?
  • That’s source of wisdom, whatever king in your life
  • If the “king” is not in the right place, you are in danger of breaking rules down the road
  • Frustration: What is my hope to have this wisdom in my life?
  • Compassion
  • Jesus is our wisdom, compassion

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