Thursday, December 17, 2015

LSB 357 Wisdom from on high

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O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who ord’rest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel!
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Wisdom is the LORD's blueprint for the universe, this is a confession of faith not sight
Proverbs 1:2-7
To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Christ the Wisdom and Power of God
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Matthew 1:21, 23
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).

Wisdom and Love temper Power. In creation God could have done anything. His Wisdom and Love produced a very good, yet vulnerable creation.

Wisdom and Love invite fellowship even while Power could demand obedience. Wisdom and Love invite, “Come and See.”

To His beloved and even those on the fence, God in His wisdom and love works slowly, patiently, disarming every evil, and lifting away every burden.

Wisdom and Love – salvation through the foolishness of the cross – begins with an unwed mother, continues with a birth in a barn, unlikely callings to dock hands, IRS men, and prostitutes, punctuated by parables, miraculous resurrection, and healing for those who love him. But for those subverting Wisdom's call – crushing defeat, exorcism, casting out, condemnation, and darkness.

Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God