This post is in response to my friend Doug’s post on Proverbs 9.
Wisdom is personified as a woman calling out to those who don’t know her.
“3..she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: 4 Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”
This verse is particularly eye-catching for me. I can really picture wisdom calling out, setting up a billboard on the top of a hill so that everyone can hear her messages. Actually if we read back a bit in the chapter to verse 1, we see that its more than just a flimsy billboard, she builds a house with seven columns. Usually anything with seven is associated with perfection. So she builds the perfect house designed to be eye-catching and attractive. She does it so that the whole city can hear her. She makes herself as available as she can so that everyone has a chance to hear and come to her. She sends out her maidens to draw citizens into her house. Citizens who don’t know what they’re missing. They’re naive, they think they’re OK but they’re not. They don’t realize what amazing things are available for them inside the house.
The whole illustration of wisdom is truly wonderful and perfect (as you would expect from the Holy Word of God). Book learning is something that takes a lot of work and some people just don’t have the attention span or cranial capacity to get past a certain threshold of knowledge. Wisdom, on the other hand, is accessible to everyone. Children can posses a kind of wisdom that even Christ admires. “Out of the mouth of babes” and all that. You see some metaphors in fables and epic tales where the hero finds wisdom after a long, difficult journey full of trials and life experiences. Hogwash! Wisdom stands on a hill and calls out to you.
Translated to modern times, this would be a holy neon sign. Or to put another way, Bill Gates is standing at your door with a blank check. If you can’t hear him knocking because you are too spaced out watching TV, you’re really missing out.
As we read through proverbs, look what it says about those who do NOT find wisdom. They are either fools or sluggards or have corrupt hearts. The point that is being hammered home is that wisdom (like salvation) is readily available to all and shame on us if we don’t accept it.