15th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 13th September 2015 – Proverbs 1:20-33

Hi, I’m doing this difficult (well, I find them so) Old Testament Passages to encourage myself to include them in my sermon. I’d got into the habit of just preaching on the Gospel. I hope they encourage you to include them.

15th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 13th September 2015 – Proverbs 1:20-33

Where are the surprises?

Whose voices do we not hear?

What challenges us?

Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?

  1. That Wisdom is female. Wisdom is a doing word rather than a being word; she seems to prompt action rather than a passivity. Ties in with our recent James readings.
  2. That Wisdom is relational. She invites (v24) but no-one listens nor accepts the invitation. This is sad but Jesus will evoke this in his wedding feast parable.
  3. Because no-one accepts the invitation, Wisdom will laugh, not answer when they call. This seems cruel. But again is evoked in Jesus’ parables especially in Matthew.

The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?

  1. The ones who declined the invitation. Why do they refuse? Why do they ask for help when calamity comes? They hate knowledge… Are they wrapped up in their good-time life?
  2. I wonder what ‘the simple’ think about Wisdom’s invitation. ‘Waywardness kills the simple’ v32 Would they say ‘it’s my life I can do what I wish’.

What challenges us in 2015?

  1. To ask for Wisdom is to ask for a life of being rejected and ignored (see Jesus) except for the few. Yet we long to be wise and to receive this gift (see Gospel reading for this Sunday too)
  2. v33 We will have disaster but without the dread of the future. How might we ‘feel’ we are safe in God’s hands?
  3. It’s a hard reading, black and white, without excuses let’s hear this warning to us in 2015
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