Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – January 24, 2016
Theme: Wisdom for Living
Topic: The Origins of Wisdom
Main Texts: Proverbs 8:1-36
Key Verse: Proverbs 8:10-11 –“Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than
choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with
Solomon speaks of Wisdom as a woman to be desired. Hear this woman’s marketing jingle in the Good News Bible: “Listen to my excellent words; all I tell you is right. What I say is the truth; lies are hateful to me. Everything I say is true; nothing is false or misleading. To those with insight, it is all clear; to the well-informed, it is all plain. Choose my instruction instead of silver; choose knowledge rather than the finest gold. ‘I am Wisdom, I am better than jewels; nothing you want can compare with me. I am Wisdom, and I have insight; I have knowledge and sound judgment’.” (Pro
8:6-12). She continues: “… I have understanding, and I am strong. I help kings to govern and rulers to make good laws. … I love those who love me; …. I have riches and honor to give, prosperity and success. What you get from me is better than the finest gold, better than the purest silver. I walk the way of righteousness; I follow the paths of justice, giving wealth to those who love me, filling their houses with treasures.” (Pro 8:14-21) Wow! What credentials!
1. In what specific practical ways can a Christian consciously seek this Wisdom? In verses 22-31 Wisdom says she was actually created before God created anything we read in Genesis 1. This has to be true since God created everything in wisdom. The implication of this is that everything God created reflects His wisdom. Some of these are obvious to us, while there are some we still do not understand. For example, we can see His wisdom in the fact that babies are born of parents rather than dropping from heaven – this assures that babies learn about living from parents who have experience in living.
2. List some things God has put in place which we can clearly see are a testimony to His wisdom. However, whether we understand them or not, everything God created speaks of His wisdom. Modern man has been pursuing knowledge, sometimes in the hope of challenging God’s wisdom in creation. For example, scientists and psychologists try to challenge His wisdom in creating a man and a woman – rather than a man and another man – to form the nucleus of a family. So, the modern man comes up with theories to suggest that homosexuals are created that way.
3. List some things God has put in place which we do not understand, but which we nevertheless accept Deuteronomy 29:29 says: “There are some things that the LORD our God has kept secret; but he has revealed his Law, and we and our descendants are to obey it forever.” (GNB)
4. What is the implication of this statement for the limits to man’s wisdom and man’s obligation?
Father, I submit completely to your wisdom in creation. I accept the things you have revealed to my
understanding, and those you have chosen not to reveal. Help me obey you, Lord, In Jesus’ name. Amen.