Let Jesus Interpret Proverbs

The following proverbs stood out to me while reading Proverbs 9-14.

“The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.”

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”

“The soul of the sluggard gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

“The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.”

Proverbs says that no earthly desire can compare with wisdom, with Jesus. So we see above that the wise person, the one who is seeking after Jesus, will never go hungry, will have plenty of bread, will be richly supplied, and will have enough to satisfy his appetite.

In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus is the word of God made flesh. We need to feed on him to be satisfied.

John 6 is the account of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. In verse 35, Jesus said to those gathered, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Jesus is the true bread that feeds us and gives us life. It’s Jesus that satisfies.

Matthew 6 comes towards the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It is the declaration of the king at the inauguration of his kingdom. In verses 31-33, Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We are to “seek first” the kingdom of God, or Jesus. Seeking first does not mean first time and then the other things after that. Seeking first means make the kingdom of God, Jesus, the principle thing in your life. It is the one thing you should seek. God will take care of the rest. If you diligently do this, then God will supply you richly.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please him [God], for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

To truly understand Proverbs, we need to know what Jesus says and allow that to interpret Proverbs for us.

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