The Beauty of Christ
Proverbs 8:1-13 NKJV
Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.
1. Wisdom's __________
A. The ____________ of Wisdom B. The ____________ of Wisdom C. The ____________ of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:14-17 NKJV
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
2. Wisdom's ____________
A. He is the all-____________ One B. He is the all-____________ One C. He is the all-____________ One D. He is the all-____________ One
Jesus Before Pilate
John 19:10-11 NKJV
Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”
Wisdom and Creation
Proverbs 8:24-29 NKJV
When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
The Creative Work of Jesus
John 1:3, Colossians 1:16 NKJV
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
God's Love for Us
1 John 4:19 NKJV
We love Him because He first loved us.
Proverbs 8:32-36 NKJV
“Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For 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.”
3. Wisdom's ____________
A. The offer of ____________ B. The offer of ____________ C. The offer of ____________
The Eternity of Wisdom
Proverbs 8:22-23 NKJV
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
The Master Craftsman
Proverbs 8:30-31 NKJV
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men.
The invitation to embrace wisdom in the Old Testament is the same invitation to embrace the way, the truth, and the life in the New Testament. Christ hung on a cross on the top of a hill and his blood cries out for us to understand the sacrifice that makes his offer of forgiveness and life possible.
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