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Psalm 106:1
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

"O the Depth of God's ...Wisdom"

-Romans 11:33

What is Divine Wisdom?

Wisdom is not the same as knowledge. However, they are related. Wisdom brings knowledge, discernment, and understanding together and puts them to work. Some Bible words translated "wisdom" literally mean, "practical wisdom".

Jehovah's wisdom is not theoretical. It is practical, and it works. Jehovah always makes the best decisions possible, carrying them out the best way possible. ..."wisdom is proved righteous by its works" -Matt 11:19. Jehovah's works throughout the universe give powerful testimony to his wisdom

Evidences of Divine Wisdom

"I shall laud you because in a fear-inspiring way I am wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, as my soul is very well aware."-Ps. 139:14.

The more we learn about our human bodies the more we are aware of Jehovah's wisdom.
For instance: We each started as a single cell- an egg cell from mother, fertilized by sperm cell from father. The cell started to divide, as the cells of the embryo continue to divide, they assume very different functions. Some become nerve cells, others bone, muscle, blood, or eye cells. All the differentiation is programmed into the cell's "library" of genetic blueprints, the DNA. Interestingly, David was inspired to say to Jehovah:

"Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing."
-Ps 139:16.

"How many your works are, O Jehovah! All af them in wisdom you have made. The earth is full of your productions." -Ps 104:24.

Yes, there are many examples of Jehovah's creative wisdom. Consider the ant. Ant colonies are superbly organized. Some ants tend, shelter, and draw nourishment from insects called, aphids, as if they were livestock. Other ants act as farmers, raising and cultivating "crops" of fungus. They are "instinctively wise", programmed the do remarkable things by instinct. (Proverbs 30:24, 25.) Scientists have learned much from Jehovah's creative wisdom. There is even a field of engineering, called biomimetrics, that seeks to mimic designs found in nature.

Wisdom beyond the Earth

Thanks to the wisdom of Jehovah's "celestial laws" the heavens are beautifully organized into structured galaxies that, in turn are grouped into clusters, that in turn are grouped into superclusters. (Job 38:33, -New Jerusalem Bible)

Jehovah has organized the physical heavens in his wisdom, that is one of the reasons for his title: "Jehovah of armies." Another reason "Jehovah of armies" is appropriate is because of his position as Supreme Commander of a huge army of hundreds of millions of spirit creatures. These angelic ministers of the the Most High are higher than man, superintelligent and superpowerful. Each endowed with free will. (Heb. 1:7; 2:7). Yet, by his wisdom, Jehovah keeps these angels busy, happily engaged in fulfilling work- "carrying out his word" and "doing his will" -for billions of years. (Psalms 103:20, 21). How awesome the wisdom of this Administrator must be!

Jehovah is "Wise Alone"

Jehovah alone possesses wisdom in the absolute sense. He is the source of all true wisdom. (Pr 2:6) That is why Jesus, though the wisest of Jehovah's creatures, did not rely on his own wisdom but spoke as his Father directed him. -John 12:48-50. When we contemplate Jehovah's wisdom, it is as if we were looking into a bottomless chasm, a realm so deep, so limitless and huge we could never grasp its immensity. Psalms 92:5 states: "How great your works are, O Jehovah! Very deep your thoughts are." What a humbling thought!

Jehovah is "wise alone" in another sense: Only he is able to peer into the future. Yes, Jehovah can look, "far into the distance" of time- the future. The Bible is full of evidence that this is true. It contains hundreds of prophecies, or history written in advance. The outcome of wars, the rise and fall of world powers, and even the specific battle strategies of military commanders were all foretold in the Bible- in some cases, hundreds of years in advance. (Please compare: Isaiah 44:25-45:4; Daniel 8:2-8, 20-22).

God's quality of foreseeing the future does not mean that God has already foreseen the choices you will make in life. Some who preach predestination say that God already knows what each of us will choose. However, that teaching actually undermines Jehovah's wisdom, it implies that he cannot control his ability to look into the future. Example: A singer with a beautiful voice, does not sing constantly all the time! That could even become irritating to those around the singer. The singer chooses to sing at specific times. Jehovah has the ability to foreknow the future, but he does not use it all the time. To do so might infringe upon our own free will, a precious gift that Jehovah will never take away.-Deut 30:19, 20. The teaching of predestination paints our Heavenly Father's wisdom as cold, with no heart, no feeling, no compassion. That is totally opposite of our Loving Creator who is "wise in heart" -Job 9:4. So Jehovah's wisdom, like his other qualities, is governed by love.
-1 John 4:8

Jehovah's wisdom is perfectly trustworthy.

"Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make your paths straight"
-Pr 3:5, 6.

Jehovah wisely chose to have his words put down in writing. He instructed Moses: "Write down for yourself these words, because it is in accordance with these words that I do conclude a covenant with you and Israel." (Ex 34:27) Jehovah has truly blessed us by communicating with us in writing. The Holy Scriptures are like a letter to us from a loving Father. A letter we can read over and over again meditating on God's thoughts and directions. We can be like the psalmist who wrote: "But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, and in his law he reads in an undertone day and night."-Ps 1:2

Some may claim that the Bible's message has been changed over the years through the imperfections of man's copying it over and over, that it is unreliable. However, when we think of how God has the power to keep galaxies in place, is it reasonable to conclude that He cannot keep his "word" pure? Jesus showed full confidence in the written word when in prayer to Jehovah he said, "...your word is truth" (John 17:17) We too can have the same confidence in this precious letter from our wise Heavenly Father. As we continue to read and study God's word, we can recieve much "comfort from the Scriptures" whenever we need it. -Romans 15:4

Of all the qualities that Jehovah possesses, love is the dominate one. Next we can examine why the Bible says, "God is love" -1 John 4:8

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