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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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)
- v33 We will have disaster but without the dread of the future. How might we ‘feel’ we are safe in God’s hands?
- It’s a hard reading, black and white, without excuses let’s hear this warning to us in 2015