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6-12-22 “Wisdom from on High”

“Wisdom from on High” (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31)

David Peterson / General

Wisdom / Proverbs 8:1–4; Proverbs 8:22–31

Sermon type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: Wisdom is understanding there is a form to reality and living in tune with that form. Christ is the clearest revelation of the form of reality.

Introduction

[In a classic episode] of Seinfeld, George Costanza decides he is tired of being a loser. He is in his mid-thirties, he’s unemployed, he’s broke, he’s desperately single, and he lives with his parents. As he is sitting with his friends in the coffee shop, he realizes that he has gotten into this shape by following his natural instinct, and his natural instinct has brought him nothing but misery. So he decides that from now on, he’s going to do the opposite of his natural instinct. In fact, he says, “I normally order tuna on white bread. Today, I will do the opposite. I’m ordering salmon on whole wheat.” Throughout the episode he does the opposite of his natural instinct, and by the end of the show, his life has turned around. He is dating the woman of his dreams. He has a job with the New York Yankees, and he moves out of his parent’s house into an apartment in Manhattan. All this happened because he stopped following his natural instinct and started doing the opposite. (PreachingToday)

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Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other. (4; 81) Mere Christianity

I. Listen!

With the Word Bible Commentary (Proverbs 8)

When you are confronted with truth, you are at a place of decision, and the decision you make will have inevitable consequences. Keep your ears open and listen to God’s wisdom (vv. 6, 32, 34).

1. Wisdom has spoken.

a. We have the gift of the Old Testament

b. We have the gift of the Bible

c. We have the gift of truth tested by time

2. Wisdom is speaking

a. There is more to break forth from God’s own holy Word

b. Culture can act as a catalyst

II. Love!

With the Word Bible Commentary (Proverbs 8)

Wisdom says, “I love those who love me” (v. 17). Love wisdom rather than wealth (vv. 10–11, 18–21), for wisdom enriches you for eternity. Verses 22–31 make you think of Jesus Christ, who is the Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 2:3). To love wisdom is to love Christ, and when you love Christ, you live for Him.

1. Love moves us toward an object. It represents what we value.

2. We’re admonished to recognize the value of wisdom

Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

Lewis, C. S.. The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C. S. Lewis (p. 22). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

III. Learn! (Proverbs 4:13)

1. It’s not enough to know about wisdom or be drawn to wisdom if you never practice a life-lived in wisdom.

2. We can change our way of being.

Conclusion

Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations (2298 Where Heaven Is)

Where Heaven IsA certain minister preached one day on Heaven. The next morning he was met by one of his wealthy members, who said:“Pastor, you preached a good sermon about Heaven. You told me all about Heaven, but you did not tell me where Heaven is.”“Ah,” said the pastor, “I’m glad of the opportunity this morning. I have just come from the hill yonder. In that cottage there is a member of your church who is extremely poor; she is sick and in bed with fever. If you will go and take her a good supply of provisions and say, “My sister. I have brought these nice provisions in the Name of our Lord and Saviour,” if you ask for a Bible and read Psalm 23, and then get down on your knees and pray, if you don’t see Heaven, before you get all through, I’ll pay the bill.”The next morning he said:“Pastor, I saw Heaven, and I spent fifteen minutes in Heaven, as certainly as you are listening.”—Gospel Herald

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