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Wisdom’s Call

Proverbs 8:5 (ESV) …. “O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.”

Wisdom is portrayed as going through the city, loudly pleading with the naive to heed her call (vv. 1–4; see also 1:20–21). Jesus also pleaded with sinners: ‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’ (Matt. 11:28–30).

Wisdom calls out to all classes of people indiscriminately (vv. 4–5; see also 1:22). Though she is great, she condescends to reach out to the naive and lowly (v. 5). Jesus, who is King of kings, condescends to seek out sinful humanity as he freely offers himself to all. ‘Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’ ” ’ (John 7:37–38). Like Wisdom, Jesus sends his servants out into the world to plead with sinners to believe (9:3; Luke 14:23; Matt. 28:18–20). [1]

[1] Newheiser, J. (2008). Opening up Proverbs (pp. 87–88). Leominster: Day One Publications.

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