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Proverbs 1:20-33

Wisdom Beckons

The Wisdom of the Gospel
It is amazing how similar our text is to street preaching! Wisdom is
personified as a woman calling out in the public square,
beckoning people to turn from the ignorance of rebellious
unbelief and embrace life-saving knowledge. Her message
includes a stark warning of destruction for those who refuse to
heed her words – but those who do listen, and by implication
follow her ways, are promised security and protection from
destruction. It is not a stretch to see Jesus’ own approach to
publicly declaring the Good News when He walked the earth
foreshadowed right in here Proverbs. We cannot help but hear
the voice of wisdom in variations of “Repent, for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand” and “Come to me, all who labor and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest” in Jesus’ call to sinners. This
is the same Gospel we preach today. Proverbs and Lady
Wisdom did not name a name through whom salvation from
the deadly ramifications of unbelieving folly would come, but
we know it is Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God! We may not
be street preachers or preachers at all for that matter, but we
do declare that there is life in Christ Jesus. Wisdom from above
still calls today through the Good News. The Apostle Paul put it
like this: 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. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25