Wisdom’s Call (Proverbs 8)

Scripture Text:

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Proverbs 8

Questions:

1. In the last major debate between political candidates, what is the one memorable campaign promise you paid attention to? Did it come true? Why or why not?

2. Rank order these “pillars of trust” according to your experience of them:

  • political candidates
  • medical doctors
  • police officers
  • doomsday prophets
  • news editors
  • TV evangelists

3. As you listen to “Wisdom” call out, what does she sound like? A talk-show host? An athletic coach? A TV evangelist? A kindly grandma? A barker at a carnival?

4. “Parallelism” is where the second line of a couplet repeats, enhances or contrasts with the first, in order to enrich the idea. What examples of each form do you find in this passage?

5. Is this form of poetry confusing or convincing for you? Why? Is this poetic way of speaking simply a quaint oriental custom to you? Or do you see God’s purpose in it? What purpose is that?

6. With what is wisdom equated or likened? How many different comparisons can you find in this chapter?

7. From verses 12 – 21, what results from finding wisdom? Which fruit of wisdom do you most want?

8. Verses 22 – 31 are a hymn personifying wisdom as an attribute of God, active in creation (see also Proverbs 1:20 – 33; Proverbs 3:15 – 18; Proverbs 9:1 – 12). Later, biblical writers used this as a background for portraying Christ as the Word of God (see John 1:1 – 3) and the wisdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30 and Colossians 2:3). What connection do you see between this hymn to wisdom and hymns you sing about Christ (on whom all wisdom is focused)?

9. Verses 32 – 36 drive home the appeal of wisdom with the ultimate sanctions of life and death. It’s as if the Lord Jesus Himself were talking. How might these be considered a promise of the Savior?

10. In this Scripture, “Wisdom” is begging you to listen. Are you? Why or why not? What first grabs your attention? What keeps you listening for more?

11. Would wisdom make your list of  “The Top 10 Most Precious Things In The World”? Why? Solomon says wisdom is “more precious than rubies”. Is jewelry, money or possessions on your “Top 10” list?

12. What (if anything) could buy wisdom? On the other hand, what could wisdom  buy?

13. If  “Christ” could be substituted for “Wisdom” in this chapter how would that affect your view or application of its main points?

14. How is your personal search for wisdom progressing?

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