Wolf Blass Wines and Wisdom
At an invited tasting of the luxury collection* of Wolf Blass wines, presented by its chief winemaker, Chris Hatchet, it was interesting how many people in the room found favourites in the 1993 Black Label Cabernet Shiraz and the 1998 Platinum Label Shiraz. These renditions of the Barossa Valley had all the body and complexity of, some nodded and murmured approvingly, Bordeaux.
In a time when postmodernism is the zeitgeist of the age, where an upstanding member of society is expected to preface any view with an apologetic “but this is just my personal opinion”, it’s somewhat fascinating to contemplate the implications of such a consensus. (Arguably though, the journalists and editors of wine magazines, sommeliers, wine merchants and educationalists had all been cut from the same cloth, the cloth that references everything with French terroir. ;-))
We’ve spent the last month or so working at understanding the Book of Proverbs with the help of Joshua Ng’s The Beginning of Wisdom (Proverbs: Volume 1), published by Matthias Media. Probably haven’t understood even an eighth of what’s on offer but have gathered this much:
- if wisdom is the knowledge of how to best live in this world, then the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the LORD. Of course, anyone, by careful observation could attempt to live in a way that he thinks is expeditious (and write books about it) and he may, to some extent, be right. But he can never grasp the whole picture. God made the universe (and therefore knows best how it works!) and God will come again to judge (and can therefore tell us how to live now in light of future judgement – assuming you trust what he says ! (hence, fear and faith));
- because of future judgement, wisdom is not something that is just nice to know only if you were of a serious-minded sort of persuasion, but a matter of life and death for everyone. It is imperative that we gain wisdom to avoid eternal death;
- Proverbs, read together with the New Testament, states quite plainly that not all good actions lead to positive outcomes in this life; the Bible is quite realistic – we live in a fallen world that has been corrupted by our sin;
- but there is a certain time in everyone’s future in which their all wise actions now will see a good outcome. Proverbs, read together with the New Testament, demonstrates that the supremely wise thing to do is to acknowledge Jesus as our saviour and master, and live under his rule – for that is how we will be able to really understand how to live now and how to face God’s judgement in the future.
*we have a long-running debate about the use of non-subtle adjectives in marketing (“luxury”, “premium”, “indie”) and whether this practice actually attracts or turns off the targeted audience.