Wisdom Illuminates the Face
“Who is like the wise and who knows the meaning of a thing? The wisdom of a man illuminates his face and the might of his face is made to change.”
One could even translate the first part of this clause, “Who is like the wise and who knows the meaning of a word…” And indeed, this is the case. Wisdom reveals the meaning behind actions, items, events, and even words — whether it is simply a matter of knowing what is being said so that a proper response might be given or of reading between the lines when someone is seeking to guard their words carefully, wisdom is the tool that can reveal what is true from what is false.
Now, when we begin with the reminder that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10), thus recognizing that only the believer is capable of wisdom and that wisdom grows and matures as one grows closer to the living God through his Son, Jesus Christ, then that helps us understand the language of a face so illuminated. For just as Moses’ face shone after being in the presence of God and speaking with Him (Exodus 34:29), so too the wise man’s face glows after immersing himself in the Word of God found in the Scriptures.
And thus, the might of his face changes — it changes from the arrogance of a man who knows things as a result of his own energy and efforts to the humility of one who knows things as a result of their deep relationship with the Almighty God. How indeed, when you sit with the wise, their face — their whole countenance begins to almost glow as they share truth with those in their midst. At the same time, how often, we take for granted the wise around us and do not use every opportunity to learn wisdom from them.