The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. (Proverbs 9:10)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Well, you’d better get on that. Fear the LORD. Be afraid of Him. That gets you on the path of wisdom. If you want insight, you’d better learn more. Well, that’s what we think. We always gravitate towards that mindset. But that’s not really wisdom, that’s not knowledge of the Holy One at all.
“My thoughts aren’t your thoughts; neither are your ways my ways,” (Isaiah 55:8) He tells us. This passage from Proverbs isn’t about what we need to do at all. Look at what Paul says: “Because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord’” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).
Jesus is the Wisdom of God. Jesus Himself is the LORD, the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 12:6). He knows the Father, and He truly feared the LORD, His Father. He was filled with the LORD, the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect life in your place. He feared the LORD—suffering much, the cross much, death much. He was raised from the dead.
All that He did He did for you. All the wisdom He has and is, is given to you. The font clothes you with the holiness of the Holy One. The Scriptures deliver the message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, making you wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15). The Supper delivers the LORD Himself to you, His Body and Blood, to bring you into Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Our wisdom and our knowledge are swapped out, repented, so that we receive true knowledge and wisdom, even Jesus Christ, the LORD, the Holy One so that we might be redeemed. And so we fear Him, that is, we love and trust in Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
It was grace in Christ that called me, Taught my darkened heart and mind; Else the world had yet enthralled me, To Thy heav’nly glories blind. Now I worship none above Thee; For Thy grace alone I thirst, Knowing well that, if I love Thee, Thou, O Lord, didst love me first. (Lord, ‘Tis Not That I Did Choose Thee, LSB 573:2)