Who Is Lady Wisdom?

Jeff Munroe

READ : Proverbs 8:22-36

When he established the heavens, I was there. (v. 27)

Wisdom is personified as a woman, a noble woman who presents a sharp contrast to the seductress Proverbs talks about. Lady Wisdom gives life to those who find her. She was present at the creation of the world, and those who keep her ways are blessed. She is to be desired more than any treasure.

Who is Lady Wisdom? There is both a Hebrew answer to this question and a Christian answer. To the Hebrews, wisdom was the personification of the Jewish law, the culmination of all the law intended to teach. It was possible to break no commands and still not lead a full life. Wisdom calls the faithful Jew to a higher life.

For Christians, Lady Wisdom points to a real person: Jesus Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God, the firstborn of all creation, the visible image of the invisible God. For Christians, everything Proverbs says about wisdom is found in Christ.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17). Jesus Christ is the law and the prophets. He shows us the wisdom of God in the fullest sense.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, as we read these ancient words of wisdom, may we discover your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.