It was said of Israel of old:
“…they have lutes and lyres, drums and flutes and wine at their parties; but they pay no attention to how YHVH works and never look at what his hands have made.”
These are the words of Yah by the mouth of his prophet, Isaiah.
What do these words mean? Can these words be said of us? Are we so caught up in our own doings within our religious and secular circles – that we pay no attention to what the Creator has made? How have science and faith become so detached from each other, when true science is actually the observance of the handiwork of the God of all creation.
Is not wisdom a source of life, riches, treasures, honor, and righteousness as proclaimed to us in the Proverbs? Do not the Proverbs teach us that nothing we desire can compare with wisdom? And wisdom, herself, proclaims that she was with the Creator at the very beginning. That hidden within the things of the creation is the wisdom and knowledge and goodness of the One True God.
At the very beginning – Yah looked at the things that He made and declared them to be very good. If this is the case, of course, it makes sense that in order to get in touch with the goodness of the Creator, we therefore need to get in touch with the things that He, Himself declared to be very good. Yet, how have His people forgotten this? How is it that His people “never look at what His hands have made?” The religiosity of the various religions of men, creates this fear in us: that somehow being too “focused” on the creation is not right, somehow; not holy enough, somehow. Religions teach us that instead, we should be focusing on the mechanics of our own religious “doings”. Whose hand then are we worshipping? Are we focusing on our Creator, or on the work of our own hands and the doings of the other religious people around us?
This is how the book of Proverbs describes wisdom:
Prov. 8: 22-31
[Spoken from the perspective of “Wisdom” herself]
“YHVH possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.”
There is something very special about the Creator’s relationship with His creation – the beautiful and amazing work of His hands. The wisdom present in the very place we call home, is related to the presence of the Creator (Pr 8:30). If we become connected to true wisdom as captured in some form within the creation, we can step into abundant blessing, with“pure delight, playing everywhere in the presence of our God, playing everywhere on his earth and delighting to be with each other.” (Pr 8: 30-31 par.)
“The deeds of YHVH are great, greatly desired by all who enjoy them. His work is full of majesty and splendor, and His righteousness continues forever.”
(Ps 111: 2-3)
May we step out of the bonds of religion, and find freedom in discovering the hidden secrets of our dear Beloved – the Holy One of Israel; in the things that His hands have done.