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GENERAL

IN THE FATHER’S BOSOM (Proverbs 8:30)

 

Dr. Koshy Mathew

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Proverbs chapter eight is a window, to peep into past eternity and get a glimpse of the interpersonal relationship between God the Father and His beloved Son.

 

Here the Holy Spirit unveils the Glory of our Savior which He had before the foundation of the world.

 

Proverbs 8 introduces the description of the wisdom of God pointing to the pre- incarnate Son of God – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is one of the few references in the Word of God which goes beyond creation.

 

It is interesting to note that the Spirit of God brings this fact out through King Solomon – the wisest man who lived in the face of the earth.

 

This chapter is written to the praise of WISDOM and is divided as below:

 

1.     vs 1-11 – IntroductionGod introduces Wisdom

2.     vs 12-21 – InvolvementsWisdom is involved in every aspect of life and is the sustainer of the entire creation

3.     vs 22-31 – Intimacy The Father-Son intimacy is revealed. The infinite, eternal wisdom of God is unveiled.

4.     vs 32-36 – InvitationInviting us to share the wisdom

 

The Wisdom of God refers to the Lord Jesus Christ; to the person of Christ to be precise. This we learn from 1Cor 1:24, Col 2:3 (also cf Mathew 22: 34 and Luke 11: 49). Many believe that because wisdom is referred in this chapter in a feminine way, it cannot refer to Lord Jesus Christ. But the feminine referral of Wisdom does not belittle the importance of the subject. The reason for the feminine usage is to substantiate that wisdom was not created but brought out of God Himself. Proverbs 8: 22. “he possessed me or begot me”. Jesus Christ is the begotten one and not created; whose goings forth (Exodus) have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah. 5:2) Eve was brought out of Adam i.e. fashioned out. Wisdom was brought out of God himself. It was not a separate creation, thus the feminine usage.

 

Vs 30: “Then I was beside him”: At the point of creation we see wisdom is present as a companion (Heb 1: 2, 3). Wisdom was present as a master craftsman, an architect. Thus we see a definite orderly pattern in the universe. It is the designer who brings order into the system. Example: The sun is a giant ball of Hydrogen explosions and yet it is a miracle that it does not explode and burn out. It is a miracle that it propagates the right amount of light and heat energy into the earth. The master craftsman has ensured that and He is in absolute control of it.

 

Many ask if the Wisdom of God is talked about in Proverbs, where was the Spirit of God? Was it absent at the point of creation? The answer is a resounding NO. In Proverbs 8 the focus is on the wisdom of God and hence we don’t find any mention of the Spirit of God. But we know from Gen 1:2, 3 that the Spirit of God hovered over the waters and hence we see it was the triune God that created the universe. God the father delighted in the universe. (Gen 1 – God saw that it was good) whilst God the Son was designer. God the Spirit was developing or brooding over the deep (see in Gen 1)

 

Now coming back to Proverbs 8: 30: “brought up with him”. This takes on a very personal touch. The reference here is to be embosomed, in the bosom of God as if wrapped up in the soul of God. John 1: 18 (embosomed) and Isa 42: 1 speaks about the elect in whom he delights. John 8: 42 speaks about Jesus who was brought out of God. Therefore the expression “brought up with him”.

 

Proverbs 8 describes the relationship of God the Father with God the Son before creation itself. It describes the primeval Glory and Love between God the Father and God the Son.

 

A careful study of this portion enlightens us with the three important aspects of the wonderful relationship between them as existed in the primeval form, pre-incarnate form

 

Three Characteristics of the Pre-Incarnate Relationship between God the Father and God the Son:

 

1. Intimacy: “Possessed me”

 

The first aspect we see in the relationship between God the Father and God the Son is that of an infinite intimacy between them. We see an inseparable and extraordinary level of oneness and unity between God the Father and God the Son. In vs 22: we read that God “Possessed me”. This can also mean that God “begat me”. John 3:16 refers to the only begotten Son of God. Wisdom here is possessed by God or begotten by God. It is not a separate created being as many heretics believe. Wisdom begat out of God. In John10: 30 we read “I and the father are one”, thus corroborating the point beyond doubt about the oneness and unity between God the Father and God the Son.

 

In the world there are many kinds of unity: Husband-wife, brother-sister, friends, father-son etc. However in no way is anything comparable to the unity, intimacy and oneness that is seen between the God the Father and God the Son (wisdom of God) in Proverbs 8.

 

2. Purity: “Delight” and “Rejoice”; Laugh in pleasure

 

The next aspect we observe about this relationship is ‘Purity’. We should divide vs 30 into two portions. Portion-1 reads as “he was daily his delightportion-2 “he always rejoiced in the father”. Notice the fact that both God and the wisdom of God rejoiced and delighted in each other in equal measure. The Hebrew for delight is “shashua” which means pleasure, while the Hebrew meaning for rejoicing (sachaq - saw-khak’) is to laugh in pleasure. Thus we see both God the Father and God the Wisdom (Son) delighted in each other in equal measure. There was nothing in between them. There was nothing that separated them. This portion is referring to the scene when there was no other creature. The morning stars were not created. The angels were not created. The sons of God were not created. Only God the Father and God the Son (wisdom of God) and of course the Spirit of God were in existence. They delighted in each other. Thus we see the purity of the relationship as there was nothing between them. The mutual delight was on account of three reasons:

    1. Triune God and hence the implied pleasure and delight in each other
    2. God delighted in the creative work of His Son (Gen 1 God saw that it was good) and also the Son rejoiced in his works (Ps 104: 3)
    3. God delighted in the redemptive work of his Son (Mat 3: 17) and the Son delighted in doing the Father’s will (Ps 40: 8)

      Hence we see the mutual and pure delight

 

3. Constancy and eternity: “daily” and “always.”

 

Notice two words in Vs 30 “daily” and “always” that indicate a constant and ever flowing delight in each other right from eternity. Not a moment of interruption, not a moment of break. They delighted in each day by day and always. What a blissful and wonderful relationship we see between the God the Father and the Wisdom of God. “Oh, the depth of the riches………of the wisdom…..of God” (Rom. 11: 33)

 

CONCLUSION

 

Isn’t it a marvelous thing to ponder upon John 17: 23? The same love with which the Father hath loved His Son, He loves each one of us. All the above mentioned qualities of the relationship are also true for each one of us. Is it not wonderful as we ponder on the love of God? May we be reminded of the price and the penalty that the Son of God had to pay for us so that we can share this relationship with the Father. He left His Father’s bosom and came down into this world as a human being, born of a woman in the likeness of sinful flesh; into a state of utter shame and no reputation. Phil 2: 7 refers to this state of no reputation. Rom 8: 3 refers to it as complete abasement. He was born into this  world and took the form of man which was subjected to sorrow and grief, temptation, pity and humiliating poverty.

 

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never knew sorrow or grief, yet in Isa 53: 5 He is referred to as man of sorrows.

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never knew poverty; yet in  Math 8: 20, we see He hath no place to lay His head.

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never underwent reproach. Yet in Ps 22: 6 we see how He is spoken of as the one who is rejected and despised.

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never knew what it is to be tried by evil spirits yet in Matt 4: 1 we see how He is led into the wilderness to be tested and tempted by the devil.

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never knew pain or torture yet we see Him groaning and sweating (Isa 53: 5)

·       In the Father’s bosom, there was not a moment of interruption of the Father’s delights and smiles. Not a cloud of uncertainty. Yet on the cross we see Him crying out “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” It was not ‘My Father’ but He refers to His Father as ‘God’. Thus we see the Father – Son relationship broken for the first time. Never had the Son cried out and God not replied. Never had the Father stood silently.

·       In the Father’s bosom, he never knew death yet on the cross He tasted death.

 

What an astonishing act of love – A love that goes beyond our understanding and our imagination. God, the Son left His Father’s delight to come down to share His delight with the sons of men(Prov 8: 31).

                                                                                                    

                                                                     

 

 
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