Talks for Growing Christians
The Excellence of Wisdom
Lesson Number 10
- Wisdom personified invites all to gain her virtues.
- Wisdom personified may be a direct description of Christ.
- Follow the way of wisdom to Christ!
- Who is it that wisdom calls out to? Who does she intend to hear her call?
- Describe the characteristics of the words of wisdom given in verses 5-11.
- From verses 12-21, list the virtues and benefits offered to those who respond to the call of wisdom.
- Identify 2 portions of Scripture in the New Testament teaching that Christ is not only the Word of God but the wisdom of God as well.
- Wisdom calls out so that everyone may hear her call, from the highest hill to the busy pathways of active people (vs 1-3). It is her desire that everyone seek her and hear her words (vs 17, 32).
- In verses 5-11, we find that the words of wisdom are excellent, right, truthful, righteous, understandable and valuable.
- In verses 12-21 the virtues and benefits offered to those who respond to the call of wisdom include true knowledge and discretion, a hatred of evil, pride and arrogance, good counsel, moral strength, ability to lead and judge righteously, honor, righteous character, and justice.
- 1 Corinthians 1:22-24 and Colossians 2:3 teach that Christ is not only the Word of God but the wisdom of God as well.
- After reading verses 22-31 once again, discuss the reasons that some may use to interpret these verses as a direct reference to Christ. Compare another interpretation that holds to the belief that personified wisdom here just refers to God’s attribute of wisdom.
- Is it your desire to turn from a life of foolishness to a life of wisdom? Turn to Jesus Christ who is the very Wisdom of God, trust Him as your Lord and Savior, and inherit an eternal life full of wisdom.
- “Listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways; whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:32, 35, 36