Proverbs 1:20-33 Wisdom in the Streets

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice (Proverbs 1:20)

The Book of Proverbs continues to guide us in our quest for wisdom. In this section of the book, we are vividly reminded, however, that our role in finding wisdom is asking and receiving (James 1:5), and then responding. What is not spelled out in the Bible’s teaching on our relationship with wisdom is our role as producers of wisdom. Such a title only belongs to God.

Understanding the difference between being a receiver of wisdom and a producer of wisdom will affect our attitudes. One who believes he must produce, or create wisdom on his own terms has succumbed to the sort of knowledge that “puffs up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Such a person is haughty in his or her own mind and easily susceptible to foolish speculations (1 Timothy 1:4). We are not called to speculate, however, or to engage in the pursuit of vain knowledge. Yet, we know that God is concerned about his people having knowledge, as we have seen in Proverbs 1:7. The difference, then, is our posture. Are you producing your own knowledge, or are you merely a steward of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1)?

This section of the first chapter of Proverbs is a stark reminder of our task as stewards. We are to respond to wisdom’s call and then proclaim that very wisdom. All throughout this section, stretching from verse 20 to verse 33, wisdom personified is active. Let this serve as a reminder that the wisdom of God is active; we are passive in our reception of wisdom.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of Wisdom Personified. He takes an active role, in that he also came preaching in the streets. We who have heard his voice and turned at his reproof (vs 23) are compelled likewise to go into the streets and proclaim true wisdom, the gospel, to every creature.

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