(Part 2 of 4)
Proverbs 8 introduces to us the Spirit of Wisdom as a living person. This is His testimony. Let us examine this passage of Scripture, verse by verse.
Verse 1… “Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?” (KJV). The word “cry” means “to give a message to” and implies the message is for any one who will listen. Wisdom is lifting up understanding. He will reveal the will of God through the word of God. There is no excuse for ignorance. The spirit of wisdom is a must in everybody’s life (Ephesians 1:17). The Holy Spirit has a message for you personally. Psalm 25:12-13 says, “Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best. He shall live within God’s circle of blessing, and his children shall inherit the earth” (TLB). Today, there are more sick people, more demon-possessed people, more violence, and more false doctrines than ever. Are you, as a Christian, living within the circle of His blessing? Do you know how to choose the best?
Verse 2… “She standeth in the top of the high places, by the way in the places of the paths” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom stands on some vantage point where all roads converge. He comes looking for you just as Christ came to hurting people. He stands at your crossroads, asking, “Is there anything that I can do for you?” So many people live at crossroads, not knowing which way to turn. Decisions must be made, and the Holy Spirit is there to help you. From God’s dwelling place, the Spirit of wisdom gives us understanding for all the needs of life. All the ways of God and all the paths of life cross before God. When people came to Jesus, they were at their crossroads. Jesus turned them around. In the gospels, Jesus always came to people who had needs (Mark 10:45). The crossroad became their learning center, their deliverance center. He promised them “another like Himself,” the Holy Spirit. Many of you are standing at a crossroads. The crossroads can be your tuning point and your learning point. The Holy Spirit came to serve–He is your daily Helper.
Verse 3… “She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors” (KJV). Wisdom cries in the places of authority, business, and the home. The Spirit of wisdom comes to you. The word “gates” and “doors” refer to the “eye gate” and “ear gate.” “Doors” also refers to your mouth. Most decisions we make come by what we see, hear, and say. How much more important it is for you to see and act upon the word the Holy Spirit gives to you! The Spirit waits for your asking. He waits for you to see your need of Him. Titus 3:8 teaches that there is a necessary use for the Holy Spirit every day of your life. Every day brings a need for the Holy Spirit.
Verse 4… “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the children of men” (KJV). The call comes to all men, women, and children, the great and small. The idea here is that the Spirit of wisdom has a message for every creature.
Verse 5… “O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart” (KJV). Wisdom is calling for receptivity, calling people to be teachable, to take the training the Spirit gives, to gain insight, and to respond. Be open and receptive. Receive what you hear with wisdom and discernment.
Verse 6… “Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom speaks “excellent” things; i.e., of the highest quality. When he opens his mouth it’s for things that are right. No wrong things are spoken. The Spirit will not speak wrong things.
Verse 7… “For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips” (KJV). The Spirit of wisdom speaks truth. Lies are an abomination. Wickedness or lawlessness never comes from the lips of the Holy Spirit. “Wickedness” means “rebellion,” and the Spirit of wisdom never encourages a departure from God. The word “truth” refers to truth that brings stability, that supports, that is faithful and permanent. The Holy Spirit will never lie to you. “God is not a man, that he should lie” (Numbers 23:19).
Verse 8… “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them” (KJV). Everything the Spirit says is in righteousness. Nothing is ever twisted. There is never any evil intent.
Verse 9… “My words are plain and clear to anyone with a half a mind–if it is only open!” (TLB) If your mind is alert and awake, the Spirit will give straightforward knowledge. What the Spirit says will be plain and understandable. The word “plain” means “straightforward and correct.”
Verse 10… “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold” (KJV). Whatever the Spirit says is better than gold or silver. People choose gold and silver over the Spirit’s wisdom, and then spend it without any direction.
Verse 11… “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it” (KJV). There is no gem or pearl that can surpass the price of wisdom. There is no greater treasure.
Verse 12… “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion” (ESV). The Spirit of wisdom is a discerning Spirit, and knows every excuse people make. The Spirit of wisdom is so resourceful that it will find any answer that you may need (Romans 8:26-27, James 1:5). The word “prudence” means “shrewdness, insight, experience, judicial knowledge.”
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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