In the beginning, before anything ever was, there was only God. Yet, there was also wisdom (proverbs 8:23). This is no paradox, the fact that wisdom is intrinsic to God is implicated throughout the tenet of scripture. God and wisdom, they cannot be separated.
One who seeks wisdom finds God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (proverbs 9:10). Likewise, one who seeks God finds wisdom (proverbs 2:5,6).
Therefore, it isn’t a wonder that scripture contrasts wisdom with tangible terms of the most pure and precious value:
Rubies. Gold. Silver. Treasure.
Abstract qualities, such as wisdom, can be difficult for the mind to understand. As finite creatures, we better understand those things that are tangible. If we can touch them, if we can see them, then we understand.
But, what about when we can’t touch or see them? This is why abstract qualities are defined by a comparison to similar, and often tangible things. The problem comes into play when there is no tangible thing that comes even close to the value of an abstract concept. This is the case here.
This is why scripture doesn’t compare the concept of wisdom. Instead of a comparison, a contrast is actually implied with statements such as, “it’s worth is far above”, “It can not compare to”, “is more precious than”.
Proverbs 8:11 is one such example. It says,
“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
Tangible terrestrial words are inadequate to define wisdom or create an accurate comparison that our finite minds can comprehend.
Scripture uses the best, the most pure elements we are familiar with, and yet it is clear that even those things cannot compare to the value of wisdom.
Not only does her value far exceed anything our eyes have seen or our hands have touched, but this wisdom is offered at no cost. One must only seek her to find her.
We have been invited to seek her as silver, and search for her as hid treasure (proverbs 2). We are invited, and we are also promised a reward. We will find her, for the Lord gives wisdom (proverbs 2:6). The reward of seeking her is finding her, and the reward of finding her is another host of good things. Things we will explore together.
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Let us study the words of the wise and their dark sayings. Let us study the interpretation of the proverbs, together
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