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3) “Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men” [Proverbs 8:31]. This is the Lord that comes from above, the Lord Jesus of John 3:13. ‘Rejoicing,’ from this verse is śâchaq (saw-khak’): ‘to laugh, play’. His delight found an object of display in the ‘sons’ which is the Hebraic bên (bane): ‘a son (as a builder of the family name)’. The LORD God knew that He could count on Adam and his progenies to help Him build His Kingdom on earth. ‘Men,’ from this verse, is ‘âdâm (aw-dawm’): ‘man, mankind’.
Is there a scriptural reference to Wisdom’s object of delight, in His decision to rejoice in mankind? Sure, there is. The first proof is in Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” While the ‘likeness,’ demûth (dem-ooth’): ‘similitude,’ is an anthropomorphic dimension of the empyrean Majesty, the Hebraic ‘image’ tselem (tseh’-lem): in this context means ‘resemblance; hence a representative figure’. The ‘image’ is not of other definitions of an illusion or a phantom, it is a personage found in 2Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” The Greek of ‘image’ is eikōn (i-kone’) meaning: ‘a likeness, that is, (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance’.
“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” [John 14:9].
If Jesus Christ is the express image of the unseen Jehovah God, and it says that Adam or mankind was created in the image of God, does it not say that mankind was made, not only in the anthropomorphism of the Lord God, but also in the similitude of the Most High? This shows that man is the apogee and the consummation of the six days of creation on the terra firma. For this reason, when He stepped on the earth, we became the object of His delight. His delight with Adamic rational being of creationism makes Christ to endow man with wisdom. Adam knew what sobriquet best suited every animal brought to him, for the Bible says, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” [Genesis 2:19]. Wisdom endowed Adam with the mind of Christ.
32 “Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” [Proverbs 8:32-34]. The Hebrew word ‘blessed’ is ‘esher (eh’-sher): ‘happiness, blessedness.’ ‘Esher is a state of being for those who keep the ways of Wisdom.
35 “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” [Proverbs 8:35-36]. Do we all not know the Entity who somewhere in the holy writ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” [John 14:6]. The same Personage told His disciples what is to be generally accepted in John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
The true Light, He lighteth every man that cometh into the world” [John 1:9].
There is no repugning the fact that Jesus Christ is this life found in Proverbs 8:35. The Book of John makes a revelation of Jesus; “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men” [John 1:3-4]. The ninth verse of this chapter reads: “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” [John 1:9]. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” [John 8:12]. Pellucidity of facticity, according to this verse, proves beyond any shred of doubt that Wisdom is a Personage. Who is this Person? Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, He is this Wisdom. Amen!
Get born again. Say this simple prayer, believing it with all your heart. Say:
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”