Preacher: “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.”
Seeker: “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.” At first I thought it meant that Wisdom had entered Jesus, but this verse makes it clear that Moses was the servant who was imbued with wisdom. I should have realized that from the first place – Jesus would be/is Wisdom, as the Divine is wisdom.
Preacher: Do not be chagrined that you may such a small misinterpretation, Seeker. Some of these readings are challenging to parse out. It helps to read what others have said and what biblical commentators have researched and discerned. “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.”
Seeker: “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.” (Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21)
Preacher: There is something I would like to add, and actually Seeker your misstep made me think of it. If Wisdom, Godly Wisdom, was given to Moses – we too as the Divine’s children can be given wisdom to act wisely and well. Not as Jesus has wisdom – although that is our Exemplar – but wisdom that we can too can use to lead God’s people. And maybe, just maybe, without at the cost of the ungodly. The writers of the gospels and the apostles would not want us to be so cold and arrogant that unbelievers would be repulsed and turned away.
Seeker: Preacher, that sounds like a good resolution for the new year – to work towards making all of humanity a “holy people and a blameless race” leading and ministering to them as Jesus the Messiah would.
Preacher: Shalom & Selah, Seeker, Shalom & Selah!