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Wisdom: Is It Something We Just Pray For And Get?
by Robert Gamble
January 15, 2010

I was listening to the Christian Radio the other night as I was driving home.   I was dismayed with what I was hearing.  The central theme being: Wisdom.
We are all familiar with....
For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)
{ Incidentally, the word World, is Kosmos in greek and it means a well ordered, well layed out civilization.  Our word cosmetic comes from it.}
Bottom line, God so Loved the idea of a Righteous Civilization, that He sent His only begotten son to buy back the people (Like the kindsman redeemer of the OT)  and establish a new Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.  (Hence “Thy will be done, on Earth as it is already done in Heaven”  {The Lords prayer})

When people believe in Christ they believe in a system of Righteousness. 

Hence take not the Name of the Lord thy God in Vain…”  The words "Name of the Lord" is akin to our “Stop in the Name of the Law!”  Stop in doing what you are doing, you are violating the system of Law put in place. 

The same goes for God.  Do not take the Name or the System of God lightly, for he will not hold you guiltless for taking His Name (or system) in vain: regarding it as refuse or garabage.
So What Does This Have To Do With Wisdom?

Wisdom in short is the sound application of the Laws of God on Life in a skillful manner.
○       As I teach my Children, “You are not skilled in the use of a knife; therefore you are not going to cut your food until you have attained the skill.  We will show you, then you can learn.”
○       The same goes for life.  Wisdom is required in all of life.  We are surrounded by Laws all over the place.  Isaac Newton discovered the Laws of Mathematics and out of those laws flows wisdom when applied properly.
o         For example, the Calculus is advanced algerbra, it is not basic mathematics.  It is developed, matured math that can handle complex issues, like an internal combustion engine, the design criteria for the space shuttle and so forth.
How much more is wisdom required for life!
○       As a side note, it is interesting to note that Solomon had a supernatural gifting in wisdom.  What God did was invest in Solomon a keen insight into the Laws of God both in Nature and in His Spiritual, and Civil realms.  Solomon was not just a Spiritualist he was a man who could address the temporal life and progress forward. 

○       Again as a side note, it is interesting that an economic explosion always occurs when Wisdom is invested into a culture. The world from Solomon’s time was changed by Solomon’s wisdom.  If you were to do a study in ancient cultures you would see that they all changed at the time of Solomon.
Back to the main issue, wisdom. 
The problem with today’s churches, today’s youth is that they honestly do not know what wisdom is.  One of the callers basically said that Wisdom is a gift of God and we must “pray for it.”  (And recieved yeahs and amens to that...)

Proverbs does not say that.  Proverbs says “In all your getting, get wisdom.”  There is a work required.  Not just reading the proverbs back and forth though, and this is the crux of the problem.  Proverbs are pre-digested applied laws of God. 
For example:
Pro 21:14  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
A superficial examination of this passage can get you in big trouble!   An anchor of interpretation is needed to dissect the great truth in this passage.
○       What anchor though?
○       Where would I start? 
○       This is known as Hermeneutics (the science of Biblical Interpretation);  this foundational problem of interpretation is wrecking the church, wrecking lives, and wrecking our culture.

The answer of where to start is in the word of God itself. 

Psa 119:142  Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
○       The Law of the Lord is the Starting Point for ALL interpretation. 
To interpret the passage above about gifts we must start in what the Law says about gifts:
Exo 23:8  And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. 

Clearly gifts do something.  They can be used for evil or for righteousness:
○       The great wrath can be pacified when the Lord gifts the World with his Son. 

○       The great wrath can be passified, by a “Soft Answer.” 

○       Children can be saved from the wrath of judgement for non-performance in the world, by being gifted when young with Christian parents and “Money” to propel them into prosperity to help others: fund churches, missionaries, feed families, fund other youth towards propelling God’s Kingdom in the earth (Thy Kingdom Come!), fund future lawyers, judges, the list is nearly endless...
That is just touching the tip of the iceburg when looking at gifts.  That is why a proverb has such depth.  It must be looked at through God’s lenses, His Law.
○       God’s Laws when applied give abundance: Think not that I have come to destroy the law (Matt 5:17)...  I have come to make life more abundant (John 10:10).
In short, a solid study of God’s Laws brings wisdom.  

○       How does God work in civilizations?
○       How does God work in His Church? 
○       How Does God work in individual lives?
In case we put off the idea of the Law of God as being central in our Theology, we should examine Psalm 19 and see the relavence:
○       The Law of the Lord is Perfect: Converting the Soul.
○       The Testimonies of the Lord are SURE making the Wise, simple.
Prior to this passage the author talks about the Sun and how it heats the earth, ALL over.  Then coincidentally (???), the author talks about the Law of God and its life changing qualities. 
Let us not get confused with works salvation here.  NO, NO, and re-NO.  I am not saying that keeping the Law gets you to heaven.
 I am saying however, and we shoud all agree, that keeping the Law is life. 

○       Hence Christ MUST keep the Law fully, else the System that His Church is putting together is for nought. 

○       Christ is our righteousness. 

○       Christ keeps the law fully for us. 

○       Christ is infinitely wise, and orchestrates our walk around maturing our personal Wisdom so that we are better equipped to “aid the Saints” and to build his Kindgom.

○       Lest we forget, Christ is in Heaven and we are His instruments, tools, towards instituting the “Kosmos” or “Righteous Civilization in the Earth.”
To summate,
When we reject 2+2 from Equaling 4 then we will end up with an infinite number of numbers to fill the gap.  4 is the answer, not 5, not 12, not -10000. 
The same goes with interpretation of Scripture. 

○       The Law of the Lord is the interpretive Standard for the rest of the Bible. 

○       You stray from that and you have a myriad of answers, all IDOLITROUS.
A gift may passify wrath, but how is it done properly?  Having Wisdom is the only way to know that answer.
Wisdom: Applying God’s Laws on Life in a Skillful (Matured) manner.
The opposite is Foolishness: Applying God’s Laws on Life in a Skillfull manner to TEAR down God’s Civilization.

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