Advent Journey Day 19
Israel needed wisdom to become God’s Nation. Unlike every other nation on the earth, they were to be a nation of law. When Israel left Egypt their King was not ruthless or physical. The King of the Universe is Just with clearly defined law and consequence. The typical king was swayed by emotion, motivated by power, and knew their throne could be challenged or taken by force. The King of the Universe had established the earth and could destroy every king and kingdom with His word. God reigns through wisdom not fear.
Newly free the new born Nation of Israel knew power-over, dominance, ruthlessness, and fear. These ideologies permeated their thoughts and beliefs. The ruthlessness of their captors was quickly forgotten when basic needs of life were scarce. They were focused on survival in the wilderness and were willing to return to bondage. God was trying to teach them faith to believe that as their King, He would sustain them beyond the limits of the physical wilderness they roamed. They were stuck in the wilderness of their spirit, lacking wisdom.
Wilderness of spirit
God had one last challenge for Pharaoh that would be a testament to all the earthly kings, The Red Sea. The kings of the earth got the message and feared Israel and so honored God. Israel on the other hand was still isolated from belief. When they encountered the Red Saw fear gripped them. God used Moses to part the water and allow them to cross on dry ground. 2 important events reveal their disconnection from God.
- God parted the sea ALL NIGHT. Dark of night relates to evil and ungodly activity. God is light, the light that exposes sin. David said God was the light that reveals his darkness. The Prophet Isaiah said those who walk in darkness don’t trust God.
- The water was divided and they walked in the midst of it on dry ground. Water represents wisdom, in particular the wisdom of God. The Nation of Israel had so little wisdom even their feet were on dry ground.
The quest for knowledge begins with wisdom. Wisdom comes from God.
Deuteronomy 4:5-7New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. 6 So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ 7 For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him?
God brought the Nation of Israel into the wilderness to expose the wilderness of their spirit then fill that void with His Word. For them to recognize the Promised Son they needed wisdom.
What is Wisdom? We are told Solomon was extremely wise because he asked God for wisdom. Yet in 1 Kings 3 Solomon asks for understanding to judge the people, to discern between good and evil. God gave him wisdom. Therefore wisdom is the quality to know and discern between good and evil. This is what the tree of knowledge of good and evil contained, wisdom. God’s mechanism to teach the fundamental difference between good and evil is God’s word through the Law.
It’s your turn. Have you asked God to give you wisdom? Have you been helped by God to make a decision you later realized was wise? I would love to hear your experiences. Simply click on “Leave Comment” below and tell me your thoughts on wisdom.
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