January 3, 1993

Wisdom

Exo 28:3

As I study and meditate on Scripture in my personal study time, there are passages which I come across which demand that I teach or preach from them. This passage in Exo 28:3 is one of those passages. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Spirit, filled with the Spirit or the Spirit of Wisdom is one of the more perverted doctrines of our day.

So this morning I would like to cover a few things about this very important doctrine of the power of the Spirit.

Exodus 28:3, I have filled with the spirit of wisdom: this is the first time the word wisdom is used in Scripture, so it is important to notice its context of use. This is one of the more important statements in Scripture because henceforth the context of this passage must be considered every time spiritual wisdom and power is referred to in God's word. As we consider the source, purpose and application of the spirit of wisdom, we will see that it is not even remotely connected with any kind of mystical attitude or feeling.

It is impossible to understand the NT teaching on the power and work of the Holy Spirit without a good working knowledge of the power and work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, for all NT doctrine must be understood in the light of the OT illustrations.

Biblically, the spirit of wisdom is the practical, intelligent use of the word of God in the affairs of life. At times being filled with the spirit of wisdom is equated with artistic skill surpassing man's natural ability, but at all times it is the ability to work skillfully and hard at the occupation to which God has called us and with the abilities which He has given to us.

Regardless of what has been taught for the last 100 years within Christian circles, the power and wisdom of the Spirit is something that is very practical: it applies to everyday life and involves simply knowing and doing the will of God as revealed in His word in daily activity. Accordingly, the spirit of wisdom is active whether we are painting a car, working in a factory, farming or studying Scripture.

Observe:

First, the source of the spirit of wisdom. The source of the spirit of wisdom was God, not Moses nor the individual, Job 38:36, Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? Pro 2:6, For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

The Lord latter identified to Moses the ones to whom He had given the necessary skills to do the work.

Eph 4:11-16, Notice that it is the pastor/teacher's responsibility to find who has what skill from God, train them to Scripturally apply their skill in every area and assign the proper person to the proper place to use that skill in the kingdom work.

Keep in mind that the spirit of wisdom is at work in all the redeemed at all times to one extent or another.

Moses did not (nor was he commanded to) use "wisdom of words" to persuade the individuals to volunteer in the work of the kingdom (cf. 1 Co 1:17; 2:4, 13). The Lord equipped and called the individuals to do His work; Moses was told to speak the command word of God to the people.

Exo 25:2, Moses was responsible to give the people the opportunity to give of their talent and finances to the work of God; the people were responsible to use their God-given abilities extent or another.

Moses did not (nor was he commanded to) use "wisdom of words" to persuade the indi21"!0#!![ividuals to volunteer in the work of the kingdom (cf. 1 Co 1:17; 2:4, 13). The Lord equipped and called the individuals to do His work; Moses was told to speak the command word of God to the people.

Exo 25:2, Moses was responsible to give the people the opportunity to give of their talent and finances to the work of God; the people were responsible to use their God-given abilities extent or another.

Moses did not (nor was he commanded to) use "wisdom of words" to persuade the indi21"!0#!![ividuals to volunteer in the work of the kingdom (cf. 1 Co 1:17; 2:4, 13). The Lord equipped and called the individuals to do His work; Moses was told to speak the command word of God to the people.

Exo 25:2, Moses was responsible to give the people the opportunity to give of their talent and finances to the work of God; the people were responsible to use their God-given abilities extent or another.

Moses did not (nor was he commanded to) use "wisdom of words" to persuade the indi21"!0#!![ividuals to volunteer in the work of the kingdom (cf. 1 Co 1:17; 2:4, 13). The Lord equipped and called the individuals to do His work; Moses was told to speak the command word of God to the people.

Exo 25:2, Moses was responsible to give the people the opportunity to give of their talent and finances to the work of God; the people were responsible to use their God-given abilities extent or another.

Moses did not (nor was he commanded to) use "wisdom of words" to persuade the indi21"!0#!![