Goldsworthy on Wisdom and Folly in Proverbs

Proverbs defines goodness in terms that are wider than morality and ethics. It is the order that underlies the creation. When God made the heavens and the earth and everything in them he made them in relation to one another, and all was good (Genesis 1:31). All was harmony according to the wisdom of God. Proverbs does not speak of the fall of man into sin, but the fall is everywhere implied. Wisdom, righteousness and life are in conflict with folly, wickedness, and death. But despite this intrusion into the good order of God’s universe, the order is not destroyed. The fool is the unredeemed siner who says there is no God (Psalms 14:1, 53:1), who sees the universe as a result of blind chance. Yet, although he refuses to acknowledge a personal, all-wise Creator, he cannot ignore the order that is perceptible in the universe. He has no explanation for it, nor for the disruption of the order of which he himself is a living example along with all other sinners. The wise man fears the Lord and, unlike the fool, is in touch with reality.

(Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel and Wisdom in The Goldsworthy Trilogy, 424-5)


About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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