The Road Through Romans: Wisdom

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We are continuing today with our study in Romans 1:20. If you have missed any of our previous discussions you can find them on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.

Romans 1:20 reads…For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

We are beginning to discuss the invisible qualities of God using A.W. Tozer’s list.  See last post.

So today we will begin by speaking about wisdom. More specifically what is the wisdom of God and how is it displayed in the creation?

“Wisdom or sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, andinsight. ”  Wikipedia

The question then is, how is God’s wisdom displayed or proven through the creation?

The creator of the universe displays superior knowledge, experience, understanding common sense and insight and His use of it in the intricate balance of nature.

Consider the water cycle.

Consider the intricate encoding of DNA.

Consider the brilliance it took to calculate the earth’s perfect tilt toward the sun and its perfect distance from the sun.

Consider the calculations that placed the moon at exactly the right distance and orbit from the Earth to control the ocean’s tides.

Consider the engineering marvel that makes bees fly.

All of these things in creation speak two truths to me:

  1. They could not have come about by accident
  2.  Whoever purposed the creation of the universe had an intelligence and wisdom far beyond anything we humans know.

The creation shows us that the creator is wise.

 

 

 

 

He Is Wisdom’s Cry! Let Him Shout!

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“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,[c][d]
    before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
    at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
24 When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30     Then I was constantly[e] at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.

32 “Now then, my children, listen to me;
    blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”

Who is wisdom?

Jesus is wisdom as the first of God’s works brought forth. As the one who was with the Father when the world was formed. (Prov. 8: 22-31)

Listen to the New Testament parallel speaking of Jesus!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. John 1:1-4

Jesus is wisdom as the one who blesses those who obey His word.

(Prov. 8: 34)

Listen again to this New Testament parallel

Jesus said…”Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” Matthew 7:24

Jesus is wisdom as the one who blesses those who are ever watchful.

(Prov. 8:34)

Again a New Testament parallel

Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36

Jesus is wisdom as He is the source of life and favor.

(Prov. 8:35)

From the New Testament

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Finally Jesus is wisdom because those perishing hate Him.

(Prov. 8:36)

Final parallel

18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;

the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”c

20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles I Cor. 1:18-23

If Jesus is wisdom. Then His ways are wise. If He is wisdom’s cry then it behooves every culture to let His voice be heard. Where Christ is shut out folly and ruination will surely follow. The wisdom of man apart from Jesus will not stand.

We must let the voice of Christ shout over our nation again!

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Cee’s Black & White: What Shape are You In?

This week Cee has asked us to come up with Geometric Shapes for her black & white photo challenge. Click the underlined words to see how others met the challenge.

050714  black and white (4)I have learned a few things from shapes about life.

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For instance in life round is a pretty common shape!

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While we would all like it to be a little more linear, the older we get the more we realize, this thing called life just doesn’t fit in a box.

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Truth be told, the more we insist on controlling the shape of every detail in our lives, the more complicated our lives become.

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Sometimes those things in our lives which appear to be the weakest offer us the most support through the troubled waters.

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And, if you wait long enough and keep taking the bends in the road, eventually life does come full circle.

Heaven Pt. 146: Nothing Hidden

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From heaven the Lord looks down

and sees all mankind;

14from his dwelling place he watches

all who live on earth—

15he who forms the hearts of all,

who considers everything they do. Psalm 33:13-15

There are so many things about this world I just don’t “get”.  I don’t “get” why God heals one guy from cancer but lets another die. I don’t “get” why one girl is rescued from human trafficking and another is left to live out her days in bondage. I don’t  “get” why some days I can look temptation square in the eyes and deny it any power at all and on other days it seems like a battle just to stay spiritually alive never mind victorious. It’s a good thing the spinning of the globe doesn’t rely on my understanding, because if it did I am quite sure the world would come to a screeching halt.

The world doesn’t rely on my understanding. Fortunately it doesn’t have to. I may not understand much of anything (and the longer I live as a Christian the more I come to understand that I really understand almost nothing of everything) but God knows everything about everything. He sees all mankind and understands the depths of every man and woman’s heart. He understands and knows our motives and he “gets” how every inner-working interplays with every other inner-working on the planet. He gets the butterfly effect…good golly He is the butterfly effect! So if today there is something you don’t “get” just commit it into the hands of the One who is Wisdom!