PROVERBS 3:13-20

THE PLAN

I’m hoping to go through the book of Proverbs here for a few months in a row. The idea is to post some reflections from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month (i.e., today is July 3 and so I am posting reflections on a section of Proverbs 3). There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so this works out especially in July and August.

The idea is that repeatedly reflecting on the book over and over will lead to initialization and greater insight, undergirding the Spirit’s satisfying work in us as we listen to Him in His Word.

This also means that my own reflections will not be complete or thorough, but likely halfway formed.

Feel free to read along with me! Grab your Bible.

PROVERBS 3:13-20

Vv.13-15

Here Wisdom is of greater profit than the greatest treasures of earth; exceedingly precious. There is no comparison: all that you desire pales in comparison with her.

Vv. 16-18

Wisdom is so worthy and valuable because she is the tree of life from Eden’s garden (Proverbs 11:30; 13:12;15:4; Psalm 1; Ezekiel 31; 47; Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14, 19). She is the one who, when received, offers fullness of life.

Her branches extend to people wonderful fruit: long life, riches, honour, peace, pleasant-ness.

This is no temptation of the serpent, nor the empty, death- bringing temptations of the adulteress.

Peace here is “shalom”, which is “… a state of wholesome, peaceful well- being, primarily realized in relations among people” (Lucas, 62; quoting Fox).

Vv. 19-20

“Since Yahweh created the earth and the heavens by wisdom, those who live their lives in accord with wisdom are living in accord with the fundamental structure and purpose of the created order.  That is why they will prosper. This is an important theological basis for the teaching of Proverbs” (Lucas, Proverbs, 64).

THINKING DEEPER

How does this apply to Christians?

First, we know that Christ is the Wisdom spoken of here, though we have to be careful about how we go about understanding this. See John 1, among other passages.

Is the life of following Christ profitable? How so? Is that okay if it looks different for Christians than it would have for those living at the time? Does it matter that they were probably starting off as wealthy?

Are the promises and rewards too much to believe?

How important to read this in light of the discipline of 3:11-12? Is this the momentary, light affliction?

In what ways is Christ as a) immanent Son, b) Wisdom, and c) Son of man (sacrifice and now ruler) the same and in what ways different or complimentary but distinct?

How does this help us understand Genesis 1-3?

A different situation, for Adam already had riches and honour, and had a long long life ahead of him. The tree was for him one of eternal life. The tree of eternal life is for us the Cross.

What is the relationship between the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life?

How do the ages of revelation and promise affect how we read this passage and Proverbs in particular? How does the “now that faith has come” (Galatians 3:25) relate to the past which was “before faith came” (Galatians 3:23), and how does this tie in with presently knowing “in part” and the future “knowing fully” (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)?

How does the blessedness of v.13 compare to the blessedness of the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5?

Wisdom as the marriage partner to pursue! Parents to set their kids up for an arranged marriage to Wisdom (Proverbs 3:1-2).

Wisdom as means of fellowship with God.

How does this compare with modern scientific views?

ACTION

Considering all of this to be true, by faith, how must my life change?  How to pursue Wisdom? How to pray for my mind to be freed from confusion – when other things are valued before Christ? How to undo confusion and seek Wisdom, knowledge and life? Pray for emotions when other things are desired more than Christ. Coming to appreciate the training of this age, looking forward to the overwhelming weight of glory to come in the next age.

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3 thoughts on “PROVERBS 3:13-20

  1. Christopher Graham says:

    Nice Job old friend, well written.

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  2. Thanks, Chris! Great to hear from you!

    Like

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