Preaching Dame Wisdom on Mother's Day

Preaching Dame Wisdom on Mother's Day



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Pastor Ken McIntosh on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, First Congregational Church of Flagstaff, preaching on Lady Wisdom in Proverbs.

there's a lot of wisdom that I'm hearing right now and that sends me to my thoughts one of the most fascinating mothers is the Bible mother wisdom in the book of Proverbs now all mothers are absolutely amazing yes but Dane wisdom is in a class all by herself to start with she knows everything not thinks she knows she knows everything from neighborhood gossip to the secret mysteries of the galaxies she knows it all and she's everywhere now I know or Gary models come close I do get the concept in the faster you move the closer you are to be in two places at one time and my mom did a pretty good job of that but mother wisdom can be on top of mouse countries in the bottom of the Marianas Trench at the same time and she can do anything and everything all at once now I no ordinary moms are extraordinary I don't know how it is they can drive a car talk to their boss and change at the same time okay but she can create both planets and whole galaxies now in all fairness to mortal models wisdom can do all this because she's not real she's a perfect sound of the patient she's an image she's an aspect of the divine nature away the metaphors to enable us to understand what is infinitely real now everyone needs a name Bible scholars refer to mother wisdom gained wisdom or lady wisdom but she also goes by several more ancient names the word wisdom the Old Testament is hoped month in the Hebrew actually comes from an Egyptian word meaning wisdom and Sophia in breathe that's how she's best known and how I'll continue to refer to her through this sermon now Sophia represents wisdom you might want to ask what is wisdom wisdom is not the same as now as you can have lots of education and make very bad choices reminds me of Martin Luther King Junior's famous statement we have guided missiles but unfortunately misguided people wisdom in the Hebrew book ma is steering not like steering a carving their cars obviously but like steering a ship the art of navigating through life the skill of successfully charting once journey through the world now before I go too much further for those of you who so conservative let me a lie any fears what you're hearing is fully Orthodox the teachings about the wisdom about Sofia wisdom gained wisdom wisdom are ancient they are in the scripture they are in the earliest Church traditions the first picture we have of Sofia she sort of a scolding mother here's a image of Sophia and her children now faith hope and love by the way her three children and the first passage that was read this morning you can see her scolding people why didn't you listen that's part of parenthood you can't just be your child's friend now if I even remember the song mama told me not to come yes should have listened and oh what we fled our parents through while they're trying to be good parents I will never forget when I was a teenager my mother found a very large bag of pot in my bedroom well she wanted to get rid of it and the quickest way possible so without a great deal of thought she ran out to the backyard trashcan fire going and threw it in a trash can and I kid you not three the neighborhood hit kids we're all standing around our trash bin but it was quite the green cloud of smoke the things we put our dear dear parents through wisdom can be painful the universe doesn't around revolve around you and me sometimes we have to be humble broken sit under the scalpel of the truth for our lives but while she can be tough sophina is also very lovely that brings us to the second scripture reading that you heard today from chapter 3 of Proverbs verse 17 is a particularly lovely I think in the old King James Version this is how it reads her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace again wisdom steering through life navigating without crashing into people and things verse 16 it tells us in her right hand is long life and her left their wealth and out we don't want to make absolutes out of this after all we remember Joan joke we are told in Scripture was a very wise man yet he suffered greatly that can happen but as a whole your life will be a lot better with wisdom than without and then we have a section of wisdom as cosmic parents this was not in our readings and in points and overburdened electr but this is in proverbs chapter eight beginning verse 22 the Lord created me at the beginning of his way before his deeds long in the past that was formed in ancient times at the beginning before the earth was when there were no wonder he deaths I was brought forth when there was no strings flowing with water before the mountains were settled before the hills I was fourth before God made either in the fields where the first of the dry land I was there when he established the heavens when you marked out the horizon of the deep sea when he picked the clouds above when he secured to a young deep when he said to see so the water couldn't go beyond his command when he marked out the years foundations I was beside him as a master of crafts now I love how the ceb translation puts these expresses these next words out of mother wisdoms mouth she says I was having fun smiling beside him all the time frolicking with his inhabited earth and delighting in the human race smiling laughing frolicking wisdom creating our world with God so beautiful now here's where the otha theology starts going a little deeper pravesh describes wisdom sharing with God and the Word of creation ladies wisdom doesn't need a handyman enough house she's a master artist working beside god laughing smiling creating this awesome beautiful world look out those windows see the trees all that is Lady wisdoms work now the Gospel of John chapter 1 describes Jesus as the lagos the word in the beginning was the lagos the word described in similar terms and in writings around 300 BC we find that Sophia and love us are used interchangeably one can substitute for the other is same passage back and forth and so we can see as in this image that the Sofia today Sofia late wisdom is one of the Bible's representations of our Lord Jesus Christ theologians rotation and large modern have agreed on this in the Incarnation in human form Christ came is a male creature yet in his divinity he clearly has both feminine and masculine aspects in the Middle Ages when Julian of Norwich prayed to get to Christ my mother that did create a stir but she could face it rightly on this connection between mother wisdom and cracks truly Christ is our mother and then like any good mother what would mother be without cooking and sophia is a great provider of meals reading from proverbs 9 1 through 6 wisdom built her house carved out seven pillars she slaughtered animals mixed her wine and set her table she sends out her female servants and she is used an invitation from the top of the city heights whoever is naive trance I care she says to those who lack sense come eat my food drink the wine I have mixed abandon your simplistic ways and live walk in the way of understanding again we see the connection between crisis as the feast that Sofia prepares for her children can be interpreted to be the bread and the wine of the Eucharist now this has been very theologian ossicle so far it's all been kind of heavy and metaphysical and so what does this have to do with us if wisdom is so often how so awesome if we assume is so awesome how do we know that we live with her in our lives well scripture tells us at the start of this book the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom I think that's been misunderstood I think you know the fear of the Lord has often been taught as you better be afraid of God because he's ready to play whack-a-mole with your head and you mess up and you know how kind of a thing a lot of us grew up that way and some of us still traces of that unfortunate misunderstanding the phrase the fear of the Lord is this god is so wonderful God is such a blessing that we should be afraid of not being connected with that wonder of God in our lives we should fear losing our consciousness are being in touch with God so it's called a constant God consciousness to be always aware of that divine connection it's also alcohol studying the scriptures the sacred scriptures contain God's wisdom there's a lot of weird stuff in this Bible that you might understand that there are nuggets of wealth wisdom that can be very helpful and not just reading the book of God in Scripture but reading God's first book the book that God wrote in all of creation we live in beautiful woods take time to sit still watch the clouds feel for the humidity listen to the birds they're not just making noise randomly this morning I was watching a bunch of flies noting the way they were interacting moving around tiny little things but they are purposeful in what they do read both books of God the book of scripture in the Book of creation there is so much in both books that God has to teach us i might add another thing here which i believe that wreath appropriating re realizing a new the importance of sofia of the divine female wisdom of christ our mother we need to stop the subjugation of women in religion is tragic that as we start the 21st century one of the very few realms where women are not granted full equality and recognized is fully the equivalent of men every way is in certain religious settings is a way to cast as that it will create no end of umbrage and rightly so from all the other sectors of society I pray and I hope that the churches where women cannot be pastors in churches where women cannot sit on the board and churches where women cannot be leaders that this will soon be rectified I pray in them more than a decade that will cease but finally let's bring it right now home bring it right down to the wisdom you were sharing the start of this message it's no coincidence that wisdom is portrayed as a mother the Hebrew Scriptures in various places show us that there are elements of wisdom which can only come from mothers lives and experiences I'd like us to close by reading together what may seem a little starting to you but this is actually a 12th century 1100 prayer written by how the gutter available we join me as we pray this together Sophia you have normally made circling and comes the energy of God you quit in the world in your class one thing sorters in heaven one week sweeps period and it verifies all around us praise system fina let all your brain sir Oh

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