“It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.” Jeremiah 51:15
The Aramaic translation of Genesis 1:1 reads, “From the beginning with wisdom the Lord created and finished the heavens and the earth.”
The inclusion of wisdom’s presence at the time of creation is repeated several times in scripture. Job hints at it in chapter 28. He searches all over creation as a miner plumbs the depths of the earth for treasure but to no avail. Until he considers the source of wisdom itself. “God understands the way to it, and He knows its place.” How so? Because when He weighed the wind and measured the waters God saw wisdom, declared wisdom, established wisdom and searched it out (Job 28:23-27).
So how can man attain this wisdom? Is it by studying creation itself? Only insomuch as one begins with God and a proper fear of Him. Job concludes in verse 28, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.”
Proverbs picks up on this same theme in chapter 3 verse 7 with the admonishment to “Be not wise in your own eyes; but fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” First fear, then wisdom. Verses 19,20 continue on the wisdom at creation riff,
“The Lord by wisdom, founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.”
Proverbs 8:12,13 further clarifies what the fear of the Lord is. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.”
Wow! I never thought of the fear of the Lord in quite those terms before! But it goes right along with the earlier Proverbs and Job passages, doesn’t it? Do you seek wisdom? Then fear God. How? Hate evil and turn from it. That’s the first step, and it’s a necessary one.
I want to quote one more long section of Proverbs 8 and then make a drastic departure from the usual form and function of these devos by way of application. Verse 22 takes us back to the wisdom of God being present at the time of creation,
“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His work, the first of His acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth…” And Wisdom goes on describing her presence at each point of creation, the dry land, the plants., etc…
“…When He established the heavens, I was there; when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, when He made firm the skies above…” Until finally, the culmination of all God’s creative activity, a living thing made in His own image. Wisdom was there, too, “beside Him like a master workman, and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, rejoicing in His inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.”
How amazing is that! Wisdom rejoices to see God’s world inhabited, populated by image bearers. Wisdom delights in the offspring of those image bearers, the children of man.
And then Wisdom takes on a somber tone, “And now, O sons, listen to me…”. Do want to be wise and blessed and obtain favor from the Lord? Then keep wisdom’s ways, hear instruction, do not neglect to listen, to watch and wait, “For whoever finds me finds LIFE,” but all who hate me love DEATH.”
This passage shed an entirely new light on two recent readings of mine. The first was the book on Christian Education by Ted Newell I did a review of last week, which you can click here to read, and the second is an article on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which last week was voted down by 44 of our 47 Democrat Senators. Please take the time to read this important article by clicking here.
The connection of wisdom, and knowledge, and understanding to education is obvious. But what does the wisdom of God in creation have to do with abortion? And what do they all of these have to do with each other?
Let’s start with education. IF the purpose of education is to impart wisdom, knowledge and understanding, and I acknowledge for many that is not the goal, but IF it is, then the beginning of, or foundation for, that education has to be the fear of the Lord. According to the passages we’ve looked at today, the fear of the Lord is, or at the very least must include, a hatred of and turning away of evil. Any truly Christian education has to build up from that foundation.
Now, how does abortion tie into all that? Proverbs 8:31 says that the wisdom of God delights in children, babies made in His image, and verse 35 promises that whoever finds wisdom will find life there. But in the next verse we’re warned that those who fail to find the wisdom of God not only injure themselves but those who hate the wisdom of God actually love death.
When I read the statistics about the products of our current forms of Christian education turning their backs on the doctrine of creation and thus, the very wisdom of God, and at the same time embracing the so called “right” to murder the most defenseless of God’s image bearers, not just in the womb, but now fully emerged, I read a failure to impart in the next generation the fear of the Lord.
The God who in His own power and by His own wisdom stretched out the heavens is INDEED a God to be feared!