In the OT we find “Wisdom” personified as a Lady calling out on the street corners, trying to get a hearing in order to lead people onto paths of righteousness. We can heed her warnings and find “the good life”; or we can ignore her and find ourselves on the path to ruin and folly.
… 32“Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8)
In the New Testament Jesus steps onto the scene, and slowly we discover that Jesus is now the new embodiment, the personification, of Wisdom. He begins to cry out on the street corners, inviting people to follow His ways, promising “life abundantly.” He begins to teach about the narrow road to life and the wide road to destruction.
He has the unflinching audacity to say, “Someone greater than Solomon is now here” — thereby stating that He is wiser than the wisest man who ever lived.
Other New Testament writers like Paul begin to make the connection between Jesus and Wisdom. Notice that Jesus is not just declared to be a wise person; rather, in some deeper way Jesus is the personification and very embodiment of the totality of divine wisdom:
“He became for us wisdom from God…” (1 Cor. 1:30)
“…in [Christ Jesus] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3)
With this in mind, I made the suggestion Sunday that we might read through the Book of Proverbs devotionally and in many cases insert Jesus’ name in the place of Wisdom. (Not in every case!)
If you want to see Jesus in a fresh and illuminating way this week, try it out. See what you find!
I’ll get you started:
Blessed are those who find Jesus,
those who gain understanding,
for knowing Jesus is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
Knowing Christ is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with Him.
Long life is in His right hand;
in His left hand are riches and honor.
His ways are pleasant ways,
and all His paths are peace.
Jesus Christ is a tree of life to those who take hold of Him;
those who hold Him fast will be blessed.