December 24, 2022
(6th day of Hanukkah and 1st day of 10th biblical month)
Proverbs 1:1-7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
:4 subtlety = cleverness/craftiness
:7 piety = devotion
:29-33 The unwise do not accept the corrections from God.
And they don't follow God's will, but rather their own will.
In these modern times, everyone thinks that they are wise. LOL!
They don't know what wisdom is! Not everyone is wise. It's not automatic.
In earlier generations, they understood that wisdom was for select groups of people. The old people are the most likely to be wise because they have lived much longer and hopefully have learned many lessons. But they are not automatically wise just because of their age.
Some people are gifted with wisdom. Some people are not. Some people are gifted with more wisdom than others.
People who haven't suffered much are not able to be as wise as someone who really suffered.
Wisdom comes from age, experience and suffering, and/or as a spiritual gift. Wisdom is greater than common sense. If a person is wise, they can figure things out for themselves. They don't need to ask other people. Yes they will listen and learn. They have perfected listening and learning. But they then progress to being able to teach themselves or learn directly from God without needing humans to teach them if they have much great wisdom.
Spiritual wisdom about the bible, God, angels etc is a special heavenly gift and is not common.
A person can be intelligent, but not wise.
There are degrees of wisdom. If no person has ever told you that you are wise, then you are not "very wise" because wisdom shows; people will recognize it and tell you. If at any time, anyone tells you that you are not wise or that you are lacking in wisdom, it's probably true, because people see that too. (This is different from the phrase "I don't think that's wise", when people disagree with a decision or action. But rather, I am talking about the phrase "you are wise" versus "you lack wisdom".)
If at any time of your life, you believed in flat earth or planet Nibiru, you lacked wisdom.
Knowledge is what you know, what you have heard/read.
It doesn't automatically mean that you are smart or intelligent.
Intelligence isn't a measure of how much we know. It's a measure of how much we understand. “Knowledgeable people know things. Intelligent people know how to interpret, analyze, and apply things.”
Intelligence is "the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills."
You can know a lot of things and still not be very intelligent because you have heard things, but not fully understood them, or not able to teach them to other people.
Wisdom is the ability to naturally understand things.
A person can be wise without having much intelligence.
Wisdom is "the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment."
To be wise is to have deep insight and understanding.
Wisdom is “the ability to discern or judge what is true or right.”
Knowledge is knowing how to use a gun. Wisdom is knowing when to use it and when to keep it in the holster.
Many people have the knowledge that Christmas is pagan but most of them don't have the wisdom to understand that it doesn't honor Jesus. But it is also the lack of willingness to obey God.
However, the understanding that Christmas does not truly honor Jesus doesn't automatically prove wisdom. That could just only be a better willingness to obey God, not necessarily wisdom itself.
Intelligence requires a basic level of understanding.
Wisdom requires an upper level of understanding.
Wisdom needs the accumulation of knowledge and understanding over a longer period of time than intelligence, or else be gifted with it.
There might be a person of age 14 who is highly intelligent. But the same person would not normally be wise unless gifted from God.
Wisdom is something that you would hope to find in the oldest people and in leaders.
Proverbs 6:6-9 Consider the ant and prepare harvest for bad times for the future.
Matthew 25 The wise prepare supplies for the Great Tribulation, but the foolish do not. (But preparing doesn't automatically make you wise. You might be doing it only out of fear or just copying other people.) But the wise will definitely prepare for the future.
Pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is not a doctrine of the wise.
Matthew 25 Only the wise will be in the 1st Resurrection.
A baby in Christ is saved, but not yet mature, strong or wise. That baby in Christ won't enter the 1st Resurrection until he/she becomes wise, strong and mature and holy and without sin.
Wisdom = more of Christ.
Different measures of Christ (The Holy Ghost) in each saved person.
If a person is truly called by God to be a leader or teacher or preacher, then, He will absolutely be given the gift of wisdom.
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
But that would require first admitting/confessing a lack of wisdom, which means humbling self which is very difficult for most people.
And must not be because of prideful “self will” of desiring positions of offices/administration/leadership that are not ordained for themselves.
Too many people seeking the office of teacher, elder, leader, evangelist without the calling of God.
Pride and humidity.
Not everyone is extremely intelligent, smart or wise. Yet most people will claim to be all 3. It's refreshing when I meet people who confess that they are not very smart, because that shows that they are humble. It's better to be a person who isn't very smart but humble, than to be a very intelligent prideful person.
It's okay to be less smart than some other people.
Not everyone is a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist.
1 Corinthians 1:17-31 Jesus is Wisdom. God called the people in this world that are not well educated, people who are poor, people who are not in great positions of power. We are the underdogs, the outcasts. It's okay to admit that we are not the most well educated; or that we are not the most intelligent.
:17 Paul wasn't against baptism, or against wisdom. He was just saying that he was so busy preaching/teaching that he had other servants of the church, deacons, to baptize the people while he focused on preaching and evangelism.
2 Corinthians 2:1 Paul recognized that the false wisdom of the world and fancy long words wasn't needed.
A younger person who hasn't been saved but just only a few months or a couple of years, would be lacking in wisdom in comparison to an elder/older person who has been truly saved for many years and has suffered much in life with many experiences.
1 Kings 3:6-11 Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave it to him. But first, Solomon humbled himself and basically said that he was stupid “I don't even know my coming and going”. Also, he asked for wisdom the purpose of being able to lead the people because God had already told him to lead the people. It wasn't out of pride or his own plans and own desires. We must be able to crucify our pride and our own will. We must not seek an office that we are not called for. If GOD or his church administration puts you there, so be it. But we shouldn't seek power (the chief seats) of our own accord/will.
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