These verses bring together the basis of what we need to know about God. With the image so beautifully drawn by Solomon, and framed by Paul and John, the definition for universal truth is implicitly seen: Jesus is Wisdom, and Proverbs 8 was written 1000 years before Jesus was born.
Beginning with verse Proverbs 8:22, we are told that Wisdom was with the LORD in the beginning, before the earth, before the streams, before the mountains, even before the heavens were created. Who else could this be talking about except Jesus, the Word of God?
Unquestionably, Proverbs 8 shows in fine detail what Genesis means when we read Let there be Light, described further by John in his creation account, and Paul’s telling us how it was held in times past for us to understand the Messiah Jesus is God Almighty. In unique ways these images reveal, Jesus never changes.
Proverbs 8:35 states: “For whoever finds me, finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD.”
There is no one else this could be except Jesus. This way of reading scripture initiates our ability to read between the lines and refines the truth that a picture is worth a thousand words.
The Twelve Themes are funnels to studying the Bible. There will be times when they help with only one reading, but more often than not, it takes more than one reading. If we could get our minds around God, wouldn’t we be gods?
Even though I read a story multiple times, I still didn’t understand. However, there were times in the blink of an eye, I was able to understand. Proverb 8 promises: whoever finds me finds life, which is directly related to Jesus saying this:
“And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:37-40).
In bringing the point home concerning our ability to recognize universal truth, my hope is the relationship between the concepts written over 1500 years becomes irrefutably interconnected to this: Jesus is God Almighty, and the one we say is the Blessed one that comes [came] in the name of the LORD.
I finished reading the Theory of Relativity with my mind reeling and then started the Cosmology theory. This part of my story is almost over, please bear with me a little longer, my point will soon be evident.
Cosmology deals with the creation of the universe. It begins with the moment the universe came into existence. That moment is commonly referred to as the “Big Bang.”
Cosmology also tries to explain the speed that the universe expanded from that cataclysmic event. That is a very simplistic overview of Cosmology Theory but is the process that is agreed upon by most scientists.
I would ask: what caused it to happen, and where did the materials come from? Science has never resolved either question. There is a solution for this, and it comes directly from Genesis.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5).
God’s Word and Light
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The LORD uttered that the whole material universe was created, and if that wasn’t enough, the Light contained all the Knowledge and Wisdom we would ever need to know Him.
There’s no proof, that science can muster, that can conclusively prove their explanation of the Big Bang; however, Genesis is the Bible’s answer to the question.
The Bible is full of examples of God speaking things into existence. Consider the creation story from Genesis; at least ten times, the LORD said something, and whatever He spoke came into being. Hebrews echos this phenomenon:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it, the people of old received their commendation.
“By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
It is understood that Jesus created everything in the universe by speaking.
That means the materials used for creation must have come from somewhere. But where did the stuff that’s invisible come from?
We know words are invisible, but they create. The world severely challenges this understanding. Invisibility doesn’t mean unreal.
John states: “No one has ever seen God, the only God, who is at the Father’s side; he has made him known” (John 1:18).
If we believe God is real, then the spirit realm is more real than the world. The visible things come from the mouth of the LORD.
Heaven will last forever. This world in its fallen condition will not; therefore, Heaven and He who inhabits it are the real things.
Either every word in the Bible is true, or none of them are. Either the LORD speaks things into existence, or He can not. We who believe must remember that God inspires every word in the Bible.
That doesn’t give us the ability to understand every word. If we were able to get our minds around God, we would be gods. We simply are not God. Moses explains this succinctly.
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Knowing all the secrets of God are not necessary for us to keep His words. What we do understand is sufficient, but it shouldn’t stop us from searching for more.
We’ve all heard people say the World is getting darker. The counter is opening ourselves to a new relationship with God. The upside-down kingdom tries to darken the world, but knowing the LORD always responded by illuminating His plan keeps us on the lookout for His Help.
“By faith, we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).
Paul’s comments strengthen our resolve about invisibility.
“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people, it may increase thanksgiving to the glory of God.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:13-18).
God’s Word and Light
God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light (Gen. 1:3). Even though science wouldn’t agree – that is the solution to the Big Bang.
The picture that comes to mind for me is from a film, and the illustration was a gigantic ball of fire that exploded and formed the universe. That is ultimately what the book on Cosmology theorized in 1000 pages. We also know from experience that scientific claims change regularly.
The explosion we call the Big Bang is an eerily similar image shown to Moses about the Beginning. If we could have witnessed the beginning of all things, we would have experienced God’s first display of power and understood His speech started creation.
Dealing with what started the Big Bang unmasks the difference between evolution and creationism. The real problem we find ourselves in is debating within different disciplines.
The evolutionists argue from a scientific perspective and the creationists from history. Science today finds itself restating the universe’s expansion speed to be much slower than initially thought.
That being said, the speed differential is just another instance that finds science changing its hypothesis. We all need to rethink what we believe to be accurate and understand our limitations.
Even if we could have been a fly on the wall at the beginning of creation, our bodies, as they are now, wouldn’t have been able to withstand that tidal wave of power. Our human limitations shouldn’t limit our imaginations or give us a license to say we know for sure what it looked like. However, scientists speak as though they never change their minds.
(How God led Rudy Ross to become a follower of Jesus will continue with tomorrow’s guest article.)
Rudy and I speak about grace from the verses in Deuteronomy 26.16-19.
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