The eighth chapter of Proverbs introduces us to the concept of Wisdom and the role wisdom plays in the affairs of men, all of which is based (according to the argument of the writer of the proverb) on the role Wisdom played in the creation. As the chapter progresses, we see that wisdom is not merely an attribute of the man who fears the Lord, but is actually personified in the One who has been with God from "...the beginning of His way, before His works of old" (8:22).
This fascinating proverb goes on to tell us that Wisdom was set up "...from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth" (v.23). He (that is, Wisdom) was there when God prepared the heavens and "...drew a circle on the face of the deep" (v.27).
Not only was Wisdom present at the Creation, but He was actually the agent of Creation. "Then (that is at the Creation) I was beside Him (the LORD) as a master craftsman" (v.30). In other words, the Lord God used this One known here as "Wisdom" to create the universe. The chapter concludes with a description of the blessedness of anyone who hears Wisdom, watching daily at His gates (v.34). It also promises that those who find Him find life and the favor of the Lord (v.35). Does any of this sound familiar? If so, it is probably because you may have read it in John 1:1-4:
1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2) The same was in the beginning with God.
3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The Apostle Paul calls the Messiah "the wisdom of God" in 1 Corinthians 1:24. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews confirms that Jesus the Messiah was the Agent of Creation.
The author of the Book of Hebrews adds this comment about the creation process
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe (Hebrews 1:1-2).
To learn more about the Messiah's pre-existence before His Virgin Birth please read Messiah Appearances From The Old Testament:
Believing in Jesus is true wisdom.
The Messiah's Wisdom shall exceed even that of King Solomon.(1)
The purpose of Wisdom is teshuvah (return to God) and ma'asim tovim (good deeds). (Berachot 17a).(2)
For more on the connection between Messiah and wisdom read 15 Facts About Wisdom.
Check our these related articles that help to support the Divinity of the Messiah:
1). Mashiach by Jacob Immanuel Schochet p.38 footnote #55.
2). Mashiach: The Principle of Mashiach and the Messianic Era in Jewish Law and Tradition by Jacob Immanuel Schochet, p.7.
Christian Jew foundation, Messianic perspectives September-October 2001. Used with permission.