Today's Reading: Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. June seems a long way from the O Antiphons of Advent. And yet, as Paul declares the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God, one of these ancient prophesies of Christ comes to mind.
"O Wisdom, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, mightily ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence" (O Antiphon for December 17th).
Yes, God's wisdom is unsearchable from our perspective. Think about it this way: If the ocean depths, the great expanse of space, and the mind of man are still full of mysteries, how much greater, then, is the mind of God the Father, maker of heaven and earth?
But as great as the mystery of God's knowledge is, there is one mystery that is the greatest of all. We confess it weekly in the Creed: He became man. In Jesus' incarnation the unsearchable God takes on human flesh to search you out. Though His knowledge and wisdom is infinite, He becomes one with finite creatures. Though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty we might be made rich.
In Jesus God is heard, seen, touched, and witnessed in human history. As Paul writes elsewhere, Jesus is God's wisdom in human flesh. Paul's words are true. God's wisdom is unsearchable, deeper than the depths of the sea and higher than the heavens. But in Jesus, so is His steadfast love for you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky: We praise You for the radiance That from the hallowed page, A lantern to our footsteps, Shines one from age to age. (O Word of God Incarnate, LSB 523:1)