"Prize wisdom highly and she will exalt you; embrace her and she will honour you." So wrote King Solomon (circa 950
BCE), one of the wisest men who ever lived.
Someone else who was renowned for their insight was Rabbi Sha'ul of Tarsus, a student of the famous Jewish rabbi, Gamaliel in the first century C.E. Sha'ul claimed to have been caught up to Paradise, the Third Heaven; "whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know," he wrote. His writings have been a source of inspiration and wisdom to millions. The following is a short excerpt about "God's secret wisdom" from a letter he wrote to friends in ancient Greece:
"We ... speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."
"but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words."