Thursday, August 12, 2010

To finish off chapter 2 of Proverbs, we end with more information on what will happen for those who seek wisdom like treasure:

Pro 2:20  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
Pro 2:21  For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
Pro 2:22  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. 

I love studying wisdom in Proverbs.  I don't know if you've noticed!  One of the other ways we can read Proverbs and wisdom is to think that Jesus is God's wisdom.  So everything said of wisdom in Proverbs also speaks of Jesus and the way we are to follow Him.  I found an interesting article on that here.  I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it enough to write about, but here's a snippit from that article, just looking at the parallels in John:

* The Word was in the beginning (John 1:1)
* Wisdom was in the beginning (Prov. 8:22-23, Sir. 1:4, Wis. 9:9)
* The Word was with God (John 1:1)
* Wisdom was with God (Prov. 8:30, Sir. 1:1, Wis. 9:4)
* The Word was cocreator (John 1:1-3)
* Wisdom was cocreator (Prov. 3:19, 8:25; Is. 7:21, 9:1-2)
* The Word provides light (John 1:4, 9)
* Wisdom provides light (Prov. 8:22, Wis. 7:26, 8:13; Sir. 4:12)
* Word as light in contrast to darkness (John 1:5)
* Wisdom as light in contrast to darkness (Wis. 7:29-30)
* The Word was in the world (John 1:10)
* Wisdom was in the world (Wis. 8:1, Sir. 24:6)
* The Word was rejected by its own (John 1:11)
* Wisdom was rejected by its own (Sir. 15:7)
* The Word was received by the faithful (John 1:12)
* Wisdom was received by the faithful (Wis. 7:27)
* Christ is the bread of life (John 6:35)
* Wisdom is the bread or substance of life (Prov. 9:5, Sir. 15:3, 24:21, 29:21; Wis. 11:4)
* Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12)
* Wisdom is light (Wis. 7:26-30, 18:3-4)
* Christ is the door of the sheep and the good shepherd (John 10:7, 11, 14)
* Wisdom is the door and the good shepherd (Prov. 8:34-5, Wis. 7:25-7, 8:2-16; Sir. 24:19-22)
* Christ is life (John 11:25)
* Wisdom brings life (Prov. 3:16, 8:35, 9:11; Wis. 8:13)
* Christ is the way to truth (John 14:6)
* Wisdom is the way (Prov. 3:17, 8:32-34; Sir. 6:26)

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