Thursday, August 25, 2005

Searching for Wisdom

"I (Wisdom) love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me." -- Proverbs 8:17

The Hebrews personified wisdom. They found wisdom in personal revelation. Unlike the Greeks who searched for wisdom in formal thought and abstract conceptions, the Hebrews searched for wisdom in practical, personal living. For them wisdom was akin to righteousness. Wisdom was knowing how to live in fellowship with God and others. They were certain that if they desired this and searched for it diligently, that God would reveal it to them.

When the Hebrew scriptures were translated into Greek, the translators searched for a Greek word that would convey this idea of wisdom to the Greek mind. They used the word "logos" from which we derive the word "logic." For us "logic" is something abstract and formal. For the Greeks "logos" was the divine mind or reason and, at times, they talked about it in personal terms.

That is why the Apostle John calls Jesus the "logos." To the Hebrews he is God's wisdom and righteousness in the flesh. To the Greeks he is the divine mind and reason personified. To us he is the "Word" and "Wisdom" of God.

Seek and ye shall find.

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