My husband was so excited about this particular passage that he had to read it to me. Now, the footnote in my Bible says that Proverbs 8:22-31 concerns the origin of wisdom. All well and good. But when I imagined Jesus saying these things about himself, the passage took on a whole new layer of awesomeness:
“The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
I was appointed from eternity,
from the beginning, before the world began.
When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
before the mountains were settled into place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
before he made the earth or its fields
or any of the dust of the world.
I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.”
Now, I had no idea how controversial this particular passage was until I tried to find it online. “Hotly debated” was a term I came across, in reference to the potential comparison between Jesus and wisdom as described here. So, take it or leave it. Me? If the wisdom belongs to Jesus, the LORD, YHWH, the Creator of you and me in the first place, then I say the passage describes him regardless. Our Creator longs for us to know him, and this passage might just give us a glimpse of how great he is. So let folks debate and miss a beautiful parallel, if that is their preference. I’ll just bask, thanks.