Monday, May 16, 2016

Proverbs 8:22-31 Intelligent Design in Creation

KEY TEXT: Prov 8:27-31 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.

While some bible commentators (including the Lutheran Study Bible) attributes this personification of Wisdom to Christ, the context does not require it. In fact, in Proverbs 8:1-4, Wisdom is personified as feminine, not masculine: “Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?”  Reading the text as it stands as a genre of the Hebrew wisdom literature, we may understand Wisdom here as an expression of Divine Intelligence.  The point of this passage is to say that Creation was intelligently designed, not random and without purpose and meaning. Because God created the Universe with Wisdom; it is an intelligent world He has made. If one were to study the physical universe, we will be amazed by its complexity, its beauty, order and purpose. The cosmological laws and constants can be described in precise mathematical formulas that shows that the Creator is a Mathematician par excellence. 

Many physicists have observed the Anthropic Principle which affirms that many fundamental cosmological and physical constants of this universe (e.g. gravitational constant) seem to have been “fine-tuned” to support human life on earth. Any slight deviations from these values would render life-support on earth impossible. Furthermore, as one goes on to study life forms in particular, one is amazed by the massive evidence of intelligent design. The most obvious is the DNA structure. The discovery of the microscopic mechanism of flagellum of bacteria that provides locomotion for the bacteria is another example of God's wisdom. Watch the video on Bacterial Flagellum here:  

So this Universe is a product of Divine Intelligence (called “Wisdom” here). And when we become aligned with our Creator, we are also filled with His intelligence to create new ways and designs, systems and structures to enhance our family, work, church and community life. In fact, we are told that if we have Christ, we have the wisdom of God: “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). So, if we lack wisdom (intelligence), we can ask God for it, for it’s found in Christ: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5-6).

Even believers who believe they have a “low” IQ should not despair: they can turn to God and ask for His wisdom (Intelligence Quotient). And he will give generously to us. Whether it is for study or work or ministry, if we are stuck, we can always ask for wisdom so that we may experience breakthrough. For Paul says that even “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor 1:25). So, as believers, we cannot lose if we just ask for wisdom/intelligence to do better than the best.

Father, we thank You that Wisdom is found within Jesus Christ. Help us exchange our wisdom with Your wisdom, for Your wisdom is infinitely superior to our puny wisdom. Grant us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation today we pray. Amen.

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