Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 9:4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, 5 “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Throughout the Old Testament we find what are known as "Types" which prefigure Christ in the New Testament. Solomon has made out Wisdom as a character in Proverbs in which Jesus can be inserted within its place quite often with doctrinal integrity.
Here are a few:
1. Wisdom calls those who lack sense to leave their simple ways and turn toward her. (Jesus calls sinners to turn away from their sin and toward him. Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”)
2. In our Proverbs text, Wisdom invites us to eat and drink. Jesus invites us to eat and drink.
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
3. Wisdom communicates to us that the table is set; the work is done. (We saw that in the previous passage and devotion.) Gods word teaches us that every good work is complete and the perfect sacrifice needed for righteousness has been given by Jesus. It is finished. Our feasting and fellowship with God in Spirit and Truth may commence. Come.
John 19:30 says: When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Are you a simpleton? Then you may come to Wisdom. Do you hunger and thirst? Then you may eat her bread and drink of her wine. Do you lack an in-depth understanding and your purpose in life? Then come to Wisdom; yes, rather come to Jesus and live.
Again Jesus calls in Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.