TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS 1-3
The first eight chapters of proverbs personify wisdom as a woman, which was quite common in the ancient world I believe. But, in 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul said Jesus Christ, indeed Christ crucified, is “the wisdom of God.”
So, here’s Proverbs 3 with wisdom as Jesus.
My son, do not forget Jesus, but let you heart keep Jesus, for length of days and years of life and peace Jesus will add to you.
Let not Jesus forsake you; bind Jesus around your neck; write Jesus on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Trust in Jesus with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Jesus, and Jesus will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Jesus will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Honor Jesus with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
My son, do not despise Jesus’ discipline or be weary of his reproof, for Jesus reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed is the one who finds Jesus, and the one who gets Jesus, for the gain from Jesus is better than gain from silver and Jesus’ profit better than gold. Jesus is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with Jesus. Long life is in Jesus’ right hand; in Jesus’ left hand are riches and honor. Jesus’ ways are ways of pleasantness, and all Jesus’ paths are peace. Jesus is a tree of life to those who lay hold of him; those who hold Jesus fast are called blessed.
The Lord by Jesus founded the earth; by Jesus he established the heavens; by Jesus the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down dew.
My son, do not lose sight of him – keep Jesus, and Jesus will life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for Jesus will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’ – when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence and do not chose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Jesus, but the upright are in his confidence. The Jesus curse is on the house of the wicked, but Jesus blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners Jesus is scornful, but to the humble Jesus gives favor. The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.
When we see Jesus as the teaching and commandments the son is giving his father at the start of chapter three, then it truly highlights that Jesus did not and could not do any of the lies and violence of the last paragraph. Just as Isaiah 53 says and as the gospels records, Jesus did no violence and spoke no deceit.
When we have Jesus, neither will we.