In Proverbs, both “wisdom” and “folly” are portrayed as women: the former being of great beauty, the latter being deceptively alluring.
Nazareth was not a rural ‘backwater’. It was within sight of much of Jewish history and close to much of the commercial traffic of the Roman empire. Both the “widow of Zarephath” and Naaman were Gentiles, i.e. non-Jewish. Distinguished speakers were often invited to speak in local synagogues.
- The writer of Proverbs has placed “wisdom” in the context of a magnificent feast and yet says it is for the “simple”. In what ways is this an appropriate picture?
- The people of Jesus’ home town were very impressed with Him. What upset them? How would you have reacted to Him?
- From Psalm 119:38, what “promise” has been made to those who “fear” God?
- What does the phrase “the fear of the Lord” mean to you?
- In what ways is it “the beginning of wisdom”? (See Proverbs 2:5)
- Given the insights from the earlier readings, what parts of the reading from Psalm 119 are most helpful to you?
Food for thought:
The people of Nazareth asked, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” The answer is a resounding “No!” At Jesus’ baptism, a voice from heaven affirmed who He was and is.