Summary: A sermon about Jesus from Proverbs 8:22-31 (Some illustrations and thoughts from other Sermon Central Contributors)
Evening Service for 10/31/2010
A. Last week we talked about Adulterous Anne and temptation.
B. Chapters 8 and 9 begin a compare and contrast between Folly and Wisdom. Solomon puts it in terms of two women: Woman Wisdom and Woman Folly. He discusses these concepts as if he were making comparisons between two different women. He speaks about them like they are living beings. Personification is a literary device which represents abstract ideas, inanimate objects, and even animals as if they were human beings. This is done to enliven an otherwise dull presentation, to create an atmosphere, to get the reader’s attention, or to bring an otherwise distant topic close to home.
C. In Proverbs 8:22-31 Solomon has Woman Wisdom speak for herself.
E. Even though Solomon is talking about Woman Wisdom, when she speaks she sounds a lot like the Lord Jesus Christ. That is not unusual. 1 Corinthians 1 tells us that Christ is the Wisdom of God.
F. Wisdom here is Sofia in the Hebrew. It is like the New Testament word Logos which is Greek for Word. Read John 1:1-5, 14, 16-18
G. This is being poetic but the one who is talking here is Jesus Christ (Proverbs 8:22-31)
Thesis: What does Jesus Christ say of himself in Proverbs 8:22-31?
I. Eternity and Sonship (vs. 22-26)
A. These Scriptures make it sound like Jesus Christ had a beginning. He was given birth as vs. 25 says.
B. If we look at the footnotes in the NIV this is what those notes say. Vs. 22- The Lord brought me forth as the first of his dominion or the Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work. 1 Corinthians 15:24- Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he "has put everything under his feet."[c] Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
D. New American Standard is much better here: The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his way, before his works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there was no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth; while he had not yet made the earth and the fields, nor the first dust of the world.
E. Even in the NASB we have this issue: I was brought forth (begotten).
F. There is a well known cult that has for John 1:1 in their translation- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This is not where they start with people new to their ideas. This verse is where they get this idea and where they start with those new: Colossians 1:15- He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.