Daily Lectionary Reflection, Wednesday, July 29

7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; 

fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

30 He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? Matthew 4:30

The Lectionary continues the exploration of wisdom. From Proverbs, a main refrain of Wisdom literature appears. Wisdom begins with the reverent fear of God. Jesus teaches wisdom in parables, earthly stories with heavenly meanings. Wisdom in Proverbs becomes embodied, as one crying out in the busy street to listen, but no one does. Jesus’ public ministry is before the crowds, but few ever become his disciples. Wisdom from God, truly embodied in Jesus, is available to all but understood by those who seek it. The disciples are such people. Some left behind the family business, as well as the family, to follow Jesus. Others, lucrative professions, like Matthew the tax collector, or subversive movements to overthrow the government, see Simon the Zealot. There were many who heard the teachings of Jesus, but few who stopped and followed him.

May you find time this day to stop and seek after the wisdom of God. May you hear and see what the Lord is doing, though the many do not. May you live into the kingdom.