It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

What God Wants Us to Know, a Reflection on Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1

Since so many Bibles do not include the Apocrypha, I am including the passage from the Wisdom of Solomon:
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
Although she is but one, she can do all things,
and while remaining in herself, she renews all things;
in every generation she passes into holy souls
and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 
We are reminded of a similar description of Wisdom in the book of Proverbs. Here, wisdom serves as a reflection of eternal light, a mirror for the working of God. We can look at wisdom and discern God's presence and action. And, when we accept wisdom, we become God's friends and we become prophets able to show God to others.
for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. She is more beautiful than the sun,and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other,and she orders all things well. (7:28-8:1)
God wants us to be wise. Evil can't win against wisdom.

Look again at Proverbs 1:20-33 and Psalm 19. Learning what God wants us to know is important--important to God and important to us. Let us study, let us reflect, let us share.

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