Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Sermon Text: Proverbs 9:1-6

 Other Readings: Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58


  1. Normally you see an even number of pillars in a structure, but Lady Wisdom’s house has seven. Why might Solomon have chosen this odd number?
  2. What does Proverbs 9:10 say that true wisdom is? Put that into your own words.
  3. When we have spiritual wisdom, what are we able to do which greatly helps us in life? Confer Ephesians 5:15-17.
  4. What similarities do you see between what Lady Wisdom does in Proverbs 9:1-6 and what Jesus does in John 6:51-58?
  5. Can you think of a Christian you knew or know right now who has struck you as a wise believer? In what ways or scenarios do they display their wisdom?

  1. Throughout the Bible, seven is often a number which symbolizes completeness. Perhaps here Solomon is emphasizing that God’s wisdom is complete wisdom and has no gaps. 
  2. Here, to “fear” God is from the perspective of a believer who has complete reverent awe of who God is and what he does because the believer trusts in God. When we have this reverence for God, we take his Word seriously and through that Word gain true wisdom.
  3. We are able to see what the Lord’s will is in any and every situation. Often, that means knowing the general principles from God’s Word which apply to a situation. Equipped with those principles, we often have freedom to make a choice between God-pleasing options and let him bless the rest.
  4. Lady Wisdom and Jesus both invite spiritually simple-minded people to partake of divine wisdom. Lady Wisdom and Jesus both have what leads to true life. Lady Wisdom and Jesus are both wisdom in the flesh; they weren’t taught wisdom but have always had it and now share it. 
  5. Answers will vary based on personal experience. Praise God for giving us these people in our lives to bless us!