By Robert E. Bolden
Robert E. Bolden, Assistant Pastor, Elder, and Teacher of the Word of God and he is the author of two Books; Catch the Thieves with your Hidden Riches, and Glory. With a Masters Degree in Biblical studies from Suffield University and is a graduate of the Ministry Training Institute at Crenshaw Christian Center. Bolden is also the Director of the HIV/AIDS Program as well as the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Program at Crenshaw Christian Center. He serves as a contributing writer for the Ever Increasing Faith Magazine, a quarterly magazine designed to enlighten, encourage and motivate the Body of Christ to continually develop faith in God. Currently he’s an instructor at the Apostle Frederick Price Ministry Training Center at Crenshaw Christian Center. His teaching experience also include Abundant Harvest Christian Center School of Ministry in association with Trinity University, an accredited school of theology where he taught classes such as Principles of Faith, Pneumatology, Angelology and Acts of the Apostles.
The law of “first mention” is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with the subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.’ we see in Scripture the word wisdom as it relates to the priesthood.
Exodus 28:3 is the first time we see this word Wisdom; it is referring to the wise hearted men at that time in Scripture. And thou shalt speak unto all that are wisehearted NKJ says gifted artisans, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garment to consecrate him that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office (KJV).
The Lord gave instructions concerning the ministry of Aaron, the high priest and the duties of the priesthood in general, this is someone who stands before God, and it is much like ministers do these days, as representatives of the people. These men would also judge civil cases, act as intermediaries between the people and God. In filling these task they performed services to God, testified concerning the holiness of God.
As far as the New Testament, Jesus is the present High Priest of God’s people, He initiated the New Testament covenant through His death and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, and it is Jesus who makes it possible for us to draw near to God.
We as New Testament believers who represent God also have certain responsibilities, Funerals, Weddings, Hospital visitations and various other ministry duties. All who participate in the New Testament through accepting Jesus Christ and manifested life and power also receive the blessings and salvation only as they come in faith and obedience to God.
Wisdom never comes to those who believe that they have nothing left to learn, the advantage of becoming wise is that you realize how foolish you have been. One’s philosophy is not expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices you may make, and the choices you do make are ultimately your responsibility.
Wisdom helps us to make right choices and the effective outcome of responsible and sound choices and decisions are largely determined by wisdom. What is wisdom?
The three basic components of wisdom are: Knowledge, Understanding, and Application. The proper and genuine respect for God is a vitally necessary element of wisdom. We should be willing to acknowledge our weaknesses and faults by accepting correction through the Word of God. It is through studying Biblical scripture.
Then we are able to gain greater understanding and wisdom. Applying our understanding in our lives; seeking above all to please God in the way we think and act towards Him. Without Him we are just existing with no eternal purpose.
Wisdom makes clear claim, one of which is that wisdom begins with good advice, one of the Wisest things a person can do is to ask for advice and help, if we are wise we will take steps to escape sin’s snare before we are entrapped by it. God provides us with what we need in order to do the things we need to do to please Him, and fulfill our assignment in life.
Although the term “wisdom” is used primarily in the Old Testament with reference to human beings, all wisdom is ultimately rooted and grounded in God. Wisdom in creation is reflected in the form and order which emerged out of primeval chaos; the wisdom of God is creative power, purposeful, and good, it’s not merely the intellectual activity of God.
Human wisdom, in the Hebrew language is a development of the mind, an expansion of knowledge, and an understanding of both the meaning of life and how that life must be lived. It is thoroughly intellectual, but has powerful moral content, wisdom was God’s gift.
Wisdom is understanding how to apply knowledge in the real world, it is cultivated by following your acquired knowledge and developing positive skills. It is based on the spiritual ability of discernment and discretion. Wisdom promises riches, honor, and success in every field of endeavor. Wisdom is to justify God and condemn self. It is to build an ordinary and functional society that reflect the moral requirements of God as set forth in His Word.
Wisdom is first in order of importance, other things are important but wisdom is first above everything else, wisdom is the main thing and not secondary. Once the principal thing is faulty everything else becomes faulty-get wisdom right and everything else will be right-if you miss it with wisdom you have you have missed it with everything else.
Wisdom refers to the ability to see the “big picture” and translate one’s experience and knowledge into good judgment and right decision making, wisdom is an acquisition we cannot do without if we are to have our lives count for something. For most people there isn’t much of a problem as to what they want to do. They are not ignorant of what they want out of life but the real problem is how to translate it to reality, the problem is always the degree of wisdom.
Wisdom has evidence that since the beginning in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had free reign of the Garden and everything they would desire and need, but God said the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. (Gen 2:16-17 c) They disobeyed God, if they had listened and obeyed God they would never have known evil.
Adam was warned that he would die if he transgressed God’s will and ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This threat of death had to be accepted by faith based on what God said. From the beginning of history, the human race has been bound to God through believing and obedience to His Word as absolute truth. God created humans as moral beings with the ability to choose freely to love and obey their Creator, or to disobey Him and rebel against His will.
The Hebrew word for wisdom is chokmah, having the knowledge and ability to make choices at the opportune time root word to be wise, (in mind, word, or act) The Greek word for wisdom is Sophia, having insight into the true nature of things, New Testament (1st Cor 1:30) p. The word ask is the Gk word a- hee-the, which means to call, forth, crave and require. 5 places wisdom preaches: 1. Open places 2. In streets 2. In mobs 4. In gates 5. In Cities.
This Hebrew word chokmah, is used 39 times in singular, Binah, Proverbs 23:4 = discernment and discrimination, once, knowledge once, 12 times understanding, Leb = heart, 4 times, Ormah shrewdness, Proverbs 8:5, sublety and prudence Proverbs 8:12, Sakal, prudence, good sense, Sekel, insight, understanding Proverbs 12:8, Discretion Proverbs 19:11
The word wisdom, wise, or understanding occurs over 140 times in the book of Proverbs. Without wisdom, life can be thorny and our human wisdom can lead us into more trouble than we can imagine. Wisdom also rejects the invitation of crime and ignorance, it rewards the seeker on every level and provides freedom and safety.
Wisdom and knowledge both are recurring themes in the Bible, they are related but not synonymous. Knowledge is information gained through experience, reasoning, or acquaintance. Knowledge can exit without wisdom, but not the other way around, one can have knowledge without being wise. It is said Compassion without knowledge is ineffective, and Knowledge without Compassion is inhuman. Knowledge without wisdom is like books on the back of an Ass!
Wisdom, then represents the ability to translate knowledge into the infinite world. Wisdom speaks of eternity with God and advises men/women to obey her because of the ancient experience and relationship with God. Wisdom can be a light that guides one’s life in the right direction. No additional human wisdom, technique, or theory is needed to replace or assist the power of God’s Word.
The more man knows the more he desires to know and the more he is eager to acquire after knowledge. It puts him through more pain and trouble through acquiring it. This causes him to become more aware of his own ignorance. Wisdom causes one to be in contact with two realities simultaneously- the reality of our divine life, and our spiritual life, which represents our intrinsic relationship with God.
There were times in the past we had wisdom, but little knowledge but now we have a great deal of knowledge, but do we have enough wisdom to deal with that knowledge. We live in the information age where you can get virtually any information at the click of a button, the issue is no longer how to access information but how to use the information we have access to.
There was a time when knowledge was power, knowledge was power because so few had it and because so little was known by anyone. Then knowledge was power because so few had access to education, to facts, and to information. And it was power because it was hard to find, hard to access, hard to organize, and hard to understand, none of these things are still true.
Knowledge isn’t worth as much as it once was, it isn’t enough to know the facts, the options, the features, and the benefits of your product or service, you need to know much more and be able to articulate it clearly with so-called investors. Knowledge is not enough to meet life’s problems, we need wisdom, the ability to handle life with skill.
Wisdom is especially displayed in the works of God in the affairs of men. It is not so much sin and the devil, but it’s the man himself that’s responsible for his/her rejection or reception of wisdom which leads to eternal life. (Rom 6:23) p if man receives the teachings of God, sin will not have dominion over him, and if he resists the devil, the devil will flee from him. (James 4:7) c, one must first submit!
True wisdom is found in obedience to God, fearing Him and His Word, all other ground is sinking sand. Applying wisdom in our human, earthly lives, is not merely a matter of information or knowledge but of skillful and practical application of the truth to the ordinary events of life.
It can be difficult to define wisdom, people often times recognize it when they come face to face with it. Many Psychologist tend to agree that it involves a combination of knowledge, experience, and a deep understanding which also includes tolerance for the uncertainties of life as well as its ups and downs, but the Bible says wisdom is the principal thing, and he who finds me (wisdom) finds life, And shall obtain favor from the Lord.
Humans cannot find purpose in and of themselves, or can people use their human achievements to make right all that appears wrong in the world. The answer calls for something higher than human wisdom, philosophy, or ideas that wisdom we need is from above, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world was created.
Just like the navel is the means by which a child receives life and nourishment from the mother while it is in the womb, so wisdom is to the young man who fears God and departs from evil, it gives life to him, like marrow to the bones that receives moisture so as not to be so brittle and less likely to break.
Ps 37:30, The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. The noun occurs about 150 times. It is found in all sections of the Old Testament, but is mentioned extensively in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes.
This Biblical wisdom connects with God and is the source of all understanding, with daily life, this shows that wisdom is a permanent characteristic of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ps 51:6, Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part you will make me know wisdom, Inward parts, a word meaning something clouded over, hard for anyone but God to see. God uses the spirit of man as a light to search out the inward parts and determine what is good or bad.
Ps 90:12, So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom, we should pray for sober understanding of the duration of our lives so as to present to God a heart of wisdom in how we use each day He has given us. Our life should be a preparation for the next life, and we should determine what God wants to accomplish for Himself, our families, and others through a pure heart and faithful service to God.
Psalms 104:24 NKJ – O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions. KJV – O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom has thou made them all: the earth is full of your riches.
This word manifold carries the meaning of increase, myriad, especially in number, many kinds, having many forms, numerous and varied. The Hebrew wisdom writers looked at the world with a sense of wonder and reference because it reflected the wisdom of the Creator.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn to righteousness Like the stars forever and forever. Daniel 12:3.
Small but carries wisdom:
- The ant- they are diligent in preparation for the future, they have houses towns public roads etc. amazing habits.
- The conies- they are shrewd in protecting themselves from larger animals, those referred to here were brown and larger than the ordinary rabbit, and lived in holes and clefts of rocks.
- The locusts- their harmonious style and aggressiveness having no king or overseer, yet they band together as one and are very destructive.
- The Spider- they are noted for their great flexibility and are curious creatures in the matter of building their houses and taking their prey, they also can be found anywhere even the most exclusive places.
We see in the New Testament wisdom is in our Lord Jesus as Savior and that our hearts may be encouraged being knitted together in love, and receiving all the riches of the full assurance and the understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, both God the Father and our Lord, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Wisdom was the primary possession of God, and it is reflected in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ during the years of His growth, reflected in His life through the increase of wisdom. Since wisdom is rooted and grounded in God.
Luke 2:52, During these years Jesus grew and developed physically, spiritually, intellectually, and socially according to the will of God, fully conscious that God was His Father and He was on a special assignment from the Father. Amen!
By Robert E. Bolden