Proverbs 3:13-15, 18
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her…She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.”
The Bible declares that Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). So, I believe when we read about wisdom in Proverbs, particularly the first eight chapters, we are reading about Jesus. According to the passage of above, finding Jesus, getting Jesus, is better than getting silver, gold, or precious jewels. In other words, spiritual riches are better than earthly riches. No earthly desire can compare with Jesus.
Verse 18 above says that wisdom, Jesus, is a tree of life. While I have not found any verse in the Bible that explicitly says that Jesus is the tree of life, I believe it is quite clear when you look at scripture in total.
But, in the garden of Eden, there was another tree right next to the tree of life – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This tree represents death – if mankind ate from it God said they would surely die. Also, this tree represented independence from God. The tree symbolizes all that Satan was and is.
In Ezekiel 28, we read a prophecy about the king of Tyre. But, this prophecy actually alludes to Satan. Think about the passage from Proverbs above as you see what it says about Satan, “By your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries…You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings.
See how Satan, whose ways are symbolized by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, is represented above. He was covered with every precious jewel that was set in gold. By his own wisdom, his independence from God, he brought gold and silver into his treasuries.
What does Proverbs 3:13-15, 18 compare wisdom, the tree of life, Jesus too? The gain from wisdom “is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels.”
Later in Proverbs 8, Solomon writes, “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her…My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.”
The way of Satan, the way of this world, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, looks very, very enticing with its precious jewels, gold, and silver. It seems beautiful. It seems like everything we could ever want. But, that way leads to destruction.
However, the fruit of the tree of life, the way of wisdom, Jesus, gives true life. No earthly desire can compare. It may not appear as beautiful at first glance, but it is so much more fulfilling to the soul that it is not even worth comparing anything with it. Solomon is urging his sons to choose this way, the fruit of the tree of life. But, this way is a narrow one.