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Monday, September 2, 2013

Wisdom Builds the House -- Proverbs 9:1

       God has intercepted my teaching on Elijah to teach on wisdom. It is imperative that the Body of Christ understand who wisdom is, what wisdom does and how wisdom acts. The Bible says that wisdom builds God's House/Temple. Wisdom is knowledge guided by understanding. We can have knowledge without understanding. It is in the understanding that it becomes wisdom.

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding – Proverbs 9:10

       The book of Proverbs was written by God through the king of wisdom – Solomon – who was a type and shadow of the Eternal King of Wisdom – Jesus. God uses the imperfect to paint a picture of the perfect!
       The fear of the Lord spoken of in this verse in Proverbs is not a paralyzing fear or dread. This is reserved for those who have rejected God and His ways. Godly fear is reverential awe of His majesty, holiness, power, goodness, grace, mercy, and love. (Jeremiah 10:7; Revelation 15:4; Joshua 4:23-24; 1 Samuel 12:24; Exodus 33:19; John 1:14; Matthew 17)
       Godly fear is sanctifying (Psalms 19:9), satisfying (Proverbs 14:27), and hates evil – even our own sin. (Proverbs 8:13). Hating our own sin will drive us to become more Christlike out of regard for His holiness by asking God by the power of the Holy Spirit to help us remove it.
       Throughout the Older Testament and even in the New, when God and Jesus appeared to a person, he or she fell down on their faces to the ground at the power and glory of His presence. You could say that they were slain in the brilliance and power of the Holy Spirit of God.

Who is Wisdom – Isaiah 11:1-5

       Most of us understand that God is Perfect Wisdom. Since God is One with Jesus/Word and the Holy Spirit, the Godhead is the source of all wisdom. The Godhead shared His wisdom with the world by having it written down by the inspiration and power of His Holy Spirit in the book called the Bible. The written Word who is the Living Word in Jesus was God's gift to us so we could know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as He is and walk in His ways to the glory of His Name. You may notice that though I list the three persons of the Godhead, I use the singular “His” because they are One and walk in complete agreement and harmony. God gave us the Word also so those who believe in the fullness of the Godhead could build God's House and establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
      The prophet Isaiah reveals who God would eventually send into the world who would have the fullness of the Holy Spirit and Truth (Wisdom).
        Isaiah 11:1: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Jesse means “I possess,” and David means “the beloved of God.” He is a picture of Jesus who is the Beloved Son of the Father whom God possesses. From the roots of the father Jesse, a Branch will come who will bear fruit. This is a prophecy of God sending Jesus His Son to earth through the line of Jesse who would bear fruit for His Kingdom.
        In the “natural,” David bore much fruit for God's Kingdom but he shed much blood. David began as a shepherd in his father's field, and was a servant to his father and his brothers. Then David was anointed king over Israel but wasn't seated on the throne until he went through much suffering. Eventually, David became the exalted king over all Israel and was a mighty warrior who regained possession of most of the Promised Land from the hands of the enemies.
        Because the “natural” speaks in the “supernatural,” the life of David is a picture of the reality of the spiritual through Jesus. Jesus is the Good, Great and Chief Shepherd of His Father's spiritual flock. He is also the Exalted King over all and the Christ, the Anointed One of God, who is a Mighty Warrior and who will take possession of the whole earth through His anointed ones. David took possession of the small territory of Israel, but Jesus is taking possession of the whole world.  Jesus is Greater than David and all of the Older Testament saints.  He is also Greater than His Church.
       God made a covenant with David that he would have a kingdom that will last eternally. This could not be fulfilled completely except through the Eternal One Jesus who came through David's tribe of Judah through Mary. Nothing or no one can be made eternal except through Jesus who is, was and will ever be holy and eternal. David did not come from the loins of God as Jesus did!

The Seven Spirits that will Rest Upon this Branch

These seven spirits will be the seven pillars that will uphold Jesus, the Branch:
    1.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him-- This was fulfilled when the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove rested upon Jesus.
     2.  The Spirit of wisdom
     3.  The Spirit of understanding
     4.  The Spirit of Counsel
     5.  The Spirit of Power
     6.  The Spirit of Knowledge
     7.  The Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
In other words, Jesus will have all of these in fullness.
       This scripture in Isaiah 11 goes on to say that Jesus will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what He sees with His eyes, or decide by what He hears with His ears, but with righteousness He will judge the needy, with justice He will give decisions for the poor of the earth. Vv 2-4 In other words, Jesus will judge the heart, not the outward. He will also judge righteously because He knows all things and is holy.
       Righteousness will be His belt and faithfulness the sash around His waist. Isaiah 11:5 Jesus will be bound to righteousness and faithfulness. In the Apostle John's revelation of Jesus in the spiritual realm, Jesus has “a golden sash around His chest” representing Divine Truth, love and faithfulness over His heart.  Gold in scripture is always symbolic of the Divine.
       In the Older Testament, the high priest wore the golden breastplate bearing a stone for all twelve tribes of Israel over his heart. In other words, the high priest carried all of God's people before the Lord on the day of atonement as he carried in the blood of the sacrificial lamb and sprinkled it over the mercy seat. The high priest of the Older Testament also had a woven sash around his waist that bound all of the garments together.  This is fulfilled in Christ.  He is the Lamb and the blood, as well as the mercy seat as the propitiation of our sin.  He is also our Great High Priest.
       Again, Jesus our Great High Priest became this and fulfilled it. Jesus didn't just carry the sins of Israel before the presence of God, He carried the sins of the whole world over His heart of love before the Father. It is in Him that we are bound together as we put on His garment of righteousness and faithfulness.

The Seven Pillars of the New Testament that Hold up the House of God – James 3:13-17

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
       James, who spoke a lot about wisdom in the New Testament, shows us the difference between Godly wisdom and fleshly wisdom. Then James gives us the seven pillars that will uphold the temple of God in our hearts.

How Does Wisdom Act?

  • Ungodly wisdom“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” vv14-16
  • Godly wisdom“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all:
    1. pure (righteous)
    2. then peace-loving
    3. gentle
    4. submissive
    5. full of mercy and good fruit
    6. without partiality
    7. sincere (without hypocrisy)
       Just before this scripture, James wrote about taming the tongue. “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.” James 3:3-4 In other words, God is telling us that we need to put a bit on our tongue and obey the Lord. Then we will be able to accomplish God's purpose and will for our lives and will bring others to Him. James goes on to say that a small spark sets a fire ablaze. So too, the tongue can start a fire by a cross word spoken. “With our tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth comes blessing and cursing. My brothers, this should not be!” James 3:9-10
       James completes his teaching on wisdom with “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18
       May we all sow in peace, truth and righteousness. May the wisdom of the Lord take root in our hearts and produce a harvest of righteousness.



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