I’ve got hit by this scripture about Wisdom every single time I’ve heard it, despite having read many expositions about how it shouldn’t be taken literally, but I’m sorry – no matter how I try, I can’t really see any other way to do so:
Proverbs 8:22 The LORD created me first of all, the first of his works, long ago.
Pro 8:23 I was made in the very beginning, at the first, before the world began.
Pro 8:24 I was born before the oceans, when there were no springs of water.
Pro 8:25 I was born before the mountains, before the hills were set in place,
Pro 8:26 before God made the earth and its fields or even the first handful of soil.
Pro 8:27 I was there when he set the sky in place, when he stretched the horizon across the ocean,
Pro 8:28 when he placed the clouds in the sky, when he opened the springs of the ocean
Pro 8:29 and ordered the waters of the sea to rise no further than he said. I was there when he laid the earth’s foundations.
Pro 8:30 I was beside him like an architect, I was his daily source of joy, always happy in his presence
Pro 8:31 happy with the world and pleased with the human race.
Now notice the fact that this entire statement is in the First person which absolutely personalises it, but also that s/he was created first before anything else, especially before mankind – note V 26 in respect of that.
The danger though in personalising Wisdom as with any other spirit is that it opens the way for people to errantly think they should then start speaking to that spirit and requesting it to interact directly in their lives – thinking of all the angel worship there is around just now. Angels are exactly the same – created beings – and equally responsible to God alone for their orders NOT humans, and I would suggest Wisdom may indeed be one such being – set apart admittedly, but perhaps no more so than Michael or Gabriel are. And many Pentecostalists do the same with the Holy Spirit when they start ‘requesting’ Him to perform in their meetings which sometimes ends up opening people up to receiving an entirely different spirit as is seen in the extremes of the Toronto Blessing, Benny Hinn’s antics and others who promote unbibilcal practices, BUT this is not meant to be a topic about such errant things, and while I might return to those at some later date, I truly want you to focus instead on the topic in hand, and provide some feedback on your own views on this Person – Wisdom.