If Proverbs 8 reveals one thing it’s this: There may be no “I” in team but there sure is in “Wisdom!”
Verses 1-5: Wisdom is an equal opportunity educator (just think of chapter one’s lesson). If you compare the previous topic of the adulterous woman who kills to the current topic of the woman who cries out to give life you again see the Bible’s true purpose – contrasting darkness and light as well as sin and salvation. God’s word is the word of wisdom and life (John 6:63, 7:37 and Hebrews 12:25). God’s revealed wisdom has been given for our benefit (1 Corinthians 2:7-16 and Deuteronomy 29:29, 30:11-15).
Verses 6-11: Wisdom calls out for her words to be “marked.” Wisdom knows how to speak plain truth with plain talk. Plain talk that leads to plain truth caused many to reject Jesus (John 8:40-46). A key theme in these verses that will be reflected many times over throughout the rest of the book is that there are times when a person is better off not attempting to educate the ignorant because they will not learn – not because they cannot learn. Think “pearls and swine” for a moment.
Verses 12-31: Wisdom has many references on her job application. Intelligence, knowledge, proper thinking all come as benefits when we employ wisdom. This wisdom has little to do, actually nothing to do with diplomas on the wall! It has to do with living life according to the tried and true wisdom of God. This thought leads Solomon to say wisdom was around before the world got started. Science was science before the scientist ever thought anything about geology, meteorology, physical sciences, chemistry, etc. Intelligence is seen in the very existence of the world itself.
Verses 32-36: Wisdom’s ways are old-fashioned, but there is nothing new to find that she has not revealed. These verses remind me of Luke 13:23-24. If we want to find wisdom (and eternal life) it will take an effort! If we reject wisdom, then we’re only hurting ourself.