Understanding Wisdom

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Year B Pentecost 12 -1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

Solomon’s prayer for wisdom is a classic story and reveal aspects of wisdom. Solomon was praying for an understanding mind. He desired to understand how to discern between good and evil. In the context of the king being judge, he confessed his need for a discerning mind.

Hebrew poetry is rich in promoting the foundation of wisdom as a fear of God. The psalmist declares it is the beginning of wisdom. Its practice is said to illustrate a good understanding. What is being understood is the how God works among the covenant people. Studying the work of God becomes a delight to the wisdom seeker.

Ephesians connects wisdom with the practical. Unwise persons are not careful with how they use their time. Wise persons understand God’s will for God’s people. Possessing this understanding possesses the person. Life becomes full of song, praise, and thanksgiving.

The Wisdom of God is personified in Jesus Christ. The spiritual power behind the words and teachings of Jesus gives eternal life to those who consume its food.

Solomon’s prayer for wisdom is our prayer to live in God’s Spirit by the words of Jesus Christ to execute the Father’s will.


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Published by St Johns Papatoetoe

Presbyterian Church, Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand belonging to Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ).

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