The Spirit of Wisdom by Jamie Rohrbaugh

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The Spirit of Wisdom
Series: Jamie Rohrbaugh
Jamie Rohrbaugh
Isaiah 11:1-5



Today, we're continuing our study of the sevenfold Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11:1-5. Last week, we talked about the Spirit of Yahweh. Today, we're going to talk about the Spirit of wisdom.

As a reminder, our text is:

''There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears;

but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist'' (Isaiah 11:1-5).

The seven names of the Holy Spirit revealed in this passage are as follows: 

  • The Spirit of the Lord (Yahweh) (name 1);
  • The Spirit of wisdom and understanding (names 2 and 3);
  • The Spirit of counsel and might (names 4 and 5); and
  • The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord (names 6 and 7).

Let's look at His name ''The Spirit of wisdom.''

Did you know wisdom doesn't mean what you might think it means? 

Before I closely examined Scripture on this subject, I used to think wisdom was something like God-given street smarts. (And it is, kind of.) But the vague idea of wisdom that I had was far less powerful than what wisdom actually is.

The Bible talks about wisdom a lot. Think about the first chapters of the book of Proverbs. They go on and on about wisdom! And James 1:5-6 contains one of my favorite Bible promises:

''If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.''

Wisdom is clearly important. But what is it?

The simplest answer is this: wisdom is the Holy Spirit applying Himself to your situation. 

The easiest way for me to illustrate this is to show you two passages of Scripture which show the fruit of the Spirit and the manifestation of wisdom to be the same thing.

First, check out what the manifestation of wisdom looks like, from the book of James:

''Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does n ...


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