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Blessed Are the Wise

Blessed Are the Wise

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Published by Zarah Jane Lim
Wisdom is the key to a real, sucessful, and blessed life. (Proverbs 8:32-36)
Wisdom is the key to a real, sucessful, and blessed life. (Proverbs 8:32-36)

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Blessed are the Wise – Page 1
Title: Blessed are the Wise!Scripture Text: Prov 8:10-11; 32-36Objective: To realize that wisdom is the key to a real, successful, and blessed life. (8:34,35)Introduction:
“What’s the worst advice you have been given?”
[VIDEO CLIP – WORD ON THE STREET: THE WORST ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN]Everyone has their own opinions. And with freedom of speech and all that, everyone has a right to airtheir opinions. But with today’s twisted morals,
if we fail to recognize a wise advice from a wrongadvice, we lose.
 
With all of the struggles and challenges we face in life, if we fail to wisen up, we willlose.
Understanding what Wisdom is:
The words written in the bible contain not only the things we need to know in order to get to heaven,but also those that we need to know while living here on earth.
“Wisdom” is the word for Jesus’ prayer “on earth
as
it is in heaven.”
It is the biblical term for this on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven everyday living.
Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves.
It has virtually nothing to dowith information as such, with knowledge as such. A college degree is no certification of wisdom – nor is it primarily concerned with keeping us out of moral mud puddles, although itdoes have a profound moral effect upon us.
Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful
in honoring our parents and raising our children,handling our money and c
 
onducting our sexual lives, going to work and exercising leadership,using words well and treating our friends kinldy, eating and drinking healthily, cultivatingemotions within ourselves and attitudes towards others that make for peace. Threaded throughall these items is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the mostpractical thing we do. In matters of everyday practicality, nothing, absolutely nothing, takesprecedence over God.(from Eugene H. Peterson, The Old Testament Wisdom Books, The Message introduction onProverbs)
 
Comment [U1]:
Current national issue: RH Bill
 
Blessed are the Wise – Page 2
In Hebrew:WISE , SKILLED –
chakam
(adj)WISDOM –
chokmah
(noun)
chokmah
 OT:2451,"
wisdom;experience;shrewdness
."This word appears141 times in theOld Testament.Like chakam, mostoccurrences of this word are inJob, Proverbs, andEcclesiastes.The
chakam
 
seeksafter
chokmah
,
"wisdom."
Like chakam, the word
chokmah
can refer to
technical skills or special abilities in fashioning something.
The first occurrence of chokmah is in Ex 28:3: "Andthou shalt speak unto all that are wisehearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, thatthey may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in thepriest's office." This first occurrence of the word in the Hebrew Bible bears this out as well as thedescription of the workers on the tabernacle. The artisan was considered to be endowed withspecial abilities given to him by God: "And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, inunderstanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship" Ex 35:31.
Chokmah is the knowledge and the ability to m
 
ake the right choices at the opportune time.
The consistency of making the right choice is an indication of maturity and development.(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas NelsonPublishers.)
 
Comment [U2]:
BIBLE STORY: Solomon makes awise ruling (1 Kings 3:16-28)
 
Blessed are the Wise – Page 3
King Solomon could have ruled in a different way, but he was able to give a wise ruling because he wasfilled with wisdom from God.
Illustration: The Tangram
(sometimes also known as the
“Seven pieces of cleverness” 
 )
The
tangram
(Chinese:
七巧板
;pinyin:
qī qi 
ǎ
o b
ǎ
n
; literally "seven boards of skill") is adissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of thepuzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which maynot overlap. It was originally invented inChinaat some unknown point in history, and then carried overtoEuropeby trading ships in the early 19th century. It became very popular in Europe for a time then,and then again duringWorld War I. It is one of the most populardissection puzzlesin the world.
[1][2] -Wikipedia
 
Standard pieces, standard quantity, different shapes, thousands of possibilities
You can try to fit one piece in a certain place, but if it’s not the right place for it, the figure will not becompleted.
In relation to wisdom:
Life offers a lot of choices and possibilities. We have to figure out the wisest course to take in order tomake our life here on earth good.There are thousands of possibilites and choices in life, but only one right decision that will fit the pieceinto the puzzle –a God-given wisdom for that certain situation. Sometimes you think it’s impossible tofit any of the pieces in the puzzle, but that is “
leaning on your own understanding
”. When you finallysee the bigger picture as God sees it, then you will know that each piece fits perfectly in its proper place.God intends for us to live life to the full while here on earth (John 10:10), and living to the full meansexperiencing both the good and the bad, but with godly wisdom to guide us through it.
So how do we attain wisdom? 
1.)
 
Fear God. (Pre-requisite of wisdom)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One isunderstanding.” Prov 9:10 NIV“How does a man become wise? The first step is to
trust
and
reverence
the Lord!” Prov 1:7 TLB
 
Have you accepted Jesus Christ in your heart as your personal Lord & Savior? 
 
 
How do we
“fear the Lord 
?” – “To fear the Lord is to hate evil…” Prov.813 NIV
 
Desire to follow and imitate God as He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, without self-reliance and especially not in a spirit of pride
.

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