The four aspects of wisdom
There are four aspects: in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship. And the results: To design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, indeed I, have appointed with him Aholiab the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, and I have put wisdom in the hearts of all who are gifted artisans, that they may make all that I have commanded you.”
Rhema and logos
The four aspects are important here. The words wisdom, understanding, knowledge and workmanship give us the four colours of the Daniel wave. Wisdom implies an ability given by God to comprehend all aspects of the source, the principles, the precepts etc. But it is what I call the general area which is similar to the concept found in the Greek word logos. The relationship between logos and rhema is that logos is the general immortal permanent word of God. Rhema is a specific application of logos to a specific situation given to a specific person for a specific task. That is the relationship between the rhema and logos. In the natural world it would be like the sun representing the logos and the rays of the sun representing the rhema. The rays of the sun reach different parts of the earth at different times because of the rotation of the earth. The rays of the sun reach throughout the whole universe and other planets and so what we have on earth is a limited reception of the rays of the sun.
When wisdom is applied specifically, it becomes knowledge. You may know that what is God’s general will for mankind, but when you know what is His specific will for your life, it is different. You know that it is God’s will to save the world, but when you discover that God has called you be either an evangelist or a pastor, you discover your specific role in the Great Commission of God. So knowledge will be more specific.
Understanding would be an intellectual grasp of things that are operating and that are working. If you want to be a scientist, you discover that there are many branches of science: physics, biology, chemistry etc. Even in each branch, there are further specialisations. An expert in one field may be an ignoramus in another field. We cannot know all things. But in the field that we have chosen, we can develop our understanding of the workings and processes in a deeper way. For example, you may have knowledge in operating a personal computer, but you may not have an understanding in its workings. That is the difference between knowledge and understanding. All you need to use something is knowledge but to thoroughly create something you need understanding.
Now we come to the fourth area – skills. Skills have to do with ability with the hands. Here in verse 4 it says to design artistic works to work in gold, in silver and bronze. Verse 4 speaks about the area of wisdom, understanding and knowledge, the three operations together. Verse 5 says in cutting jewels, in carving wood and work in all manner of workmanship. Notice verse 5 is a different area. Verse 5 is a skill with the hands. You could be given a raw piece of jewel, and if you know the art of cutting a jewel and its structure, you could cut it in such a way that it brings out the brilliance and shine out of the jewel. You may have knowledge of these principles but if you lack the ability and the skill, you would still not know how to properly cut the jewel. That requires special training and skill in itself. Skill with the hands is part of the four flows of wisdom that we need to recognise. Designing the shape of the jewel or anything else for that matter requires the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of understanding and the spirit of knowledge. But to bring these three spirits to completion in the shape of the jewel or anything else requires the fourth spirit, the spirit of skills with the hands.
The Spirit of Wisdom or the Daniel wave is not just a talent you were born with, but may come upon any person who may be mediocre or intellectually slow in blooming, like for example Albert Einstein who was a late bloomer. People like Thomas Edison were not great achievers in school, yet through creativity and perseverance became a great inventor. They have experienced what we call the secular Daniel wave.
Dr Clement is a Husband to Nancy and is blessed with three children. A Chartered Accountant with a Masters in Business Consulting from Cambridge University. A prolific Teacher of the word, Founder of Powerhouse International Church, Author of 296 books and A successful business man in the Mining Industry.