For reasons that seemed more clear at the beginning of the week, I decided instead of the Psalm passage that is for this week (Psalm 147:12-20) I would use the passage from the Wisdom of Solomon. Now, when I sit down to write on it, I am doubting my wisdom.
This is not the first time we have encountered Wisdom personified as the female gender; I have to admit that was a wise decision by the writer of this book. Wisdom is not specifically knowledge but intuition that informs the senses as to what is best to do. I did try to do a search to find out why Wisdom would be personified as female. The conclusion I quickly came to is that commentators (male) are not really sure. But ask a female (commentator) and she would say that heart knowledge is typically (stereo-typically) the arena of females while head knowledge is the arena of males. And wisdom is more likely to be heart knowledge.
“A holy people and blameless race wisdom delivered from a nation of oppressors, She entered the soul of a servant of the Lord, and withstood dread kings with wonders and signs. She gave to holy people the reward of their labors; she guided them along a marvelous way, and became a shelter to them by day, and a starry flame through the night. She brought them over the Red Sea, and led them through deep waters; but she drowned their enemies, and cast them up from the depth of the sea.” (Wisdom of Solomon 10:15 – 19)
and other places Wisdom is the Divine and was created by the Divine.
She came into being before the creation and saw the Creator form the
world and all those (creatures and humanity) in it. She was also a
companion along with the Lord God at the exodus. According to this
passage, it was she who drowned the Egyptians. You do not defy or
cross Wisdom with out consequences.
“Therefore the righteous plundered the ungodly; they sang hymns, O Lord, to your holy name, and praised with one accord your defending hand; for wisdom opened the mouths of those who were mute, and made the tongues of infants speak clearly.” (Verses 20 – 21)
It is interesting to think, beloved reader, that Wisdom was created and brought into existence by the Lord God. And then a woman, meek and wise, brought into existence Jesus the Christ. One begat the other. We often think about the Holy Spirit as the same gender as we think about the Divine – that is, exclusive stereotypical. But what if the Holy Spirit is, behind the mystical curtain, more feminine than one might imagine? Interesting to ponder. Maybe this was a good choice of passage after all.
May you, beloved reader, search for wisdom in the New Year. And may that Wisdom lead you to a gentler, compassionate, and merciful belief system. Selah!