Proverbs, Parables & Predictions

When God appeared to young King Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted, Solomon asked God for ‘a discerning heart to govern your people and distinguish right from wrong’ (1 Kings 3:7). God answered his request and gave Solomon a ‘wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be’ (v10). Solomon was given not just a portion of wisdom, but a heart of wisdom. A wisdom which no one else possesses other than God. Jude writes, ‘To the only wise God our saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.’ (Jude 1:25). With a new heart of wisdom, Solomon makes wise rulings and proceeds to write among other Books in the Bible, the Book of Proverbs, ‘for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise’ (Proverbs 1:6).

Solomon with the heart of wisdom, makes profound predictions and the voice of Wisdom speaks through him, the voice of the only wise God. The God known of speaking in Parables, does so before stepping foot on earth in human form. The Book of Proverbs paints a picture of the One who is to come. It also paints a picture of areas Wisdom is passionate about; loving thy neighbour, marriage, non-violence, obedience, humility and making disciples. At first glance, the Book of Proverbs looks like nuggets of advices scattered about but with the aid of the Holy Spirit, a deeper look paints a picture of Wisdom because Wisdom Himself speaks throughout. Parallels can be found in Proverbs and in the Gospels making it obvious that the same voice of Jesus is throughout Proverbs, and the entire Bible.

Proverbs Parables and Predictions

The Creator

  • ‘I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning before the world began. When they were no oceans, I was given birth… I was given birth before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust in the world. I was there when He set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep…Then I was the craftsman at his side, I was filled with delight day after day rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind’ ~ Proverbs 8:23-30

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made’ ~ John 1:1-3

  • ‘Counsel and sound judgement are mine; I have understanding and power, by me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just, by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on the earth. I love those who love me and those who seek me find me’ ~ Proverbs 8:14-17

‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is expect the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ ~ Luke 10:22

The Light of the World

  • ‘The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day but the way of the wicked is like deep darkness’ ~ Proverbs 4:18-19

‘I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ ~ John 8:12

The Way, the Truth and the Life

  • For whoever finds me finds life and receives favour from the Lord, but whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death’ ~ Proverbs 8:35:36

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ ~ John 14:6

  • ‘In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality’ ~ Proverbs 12:28

‘I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from life to death to life’ ~ John 5:24

  • ‘Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die’ ~ Proverbs 15:10

I told you that you would die in your sins if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins’ ~ John 8:24

  • ‘He who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead’ ~ Proverbs 21:16

‘Apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned’ ~ John 15:5

The Bread of Life

  • Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding’ ~ Proverbs 9:5-6

‘I am the bread of life, He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never go thirsty. I tell you the truth, unless you can eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood you have no life in you’ ~ John 6:35

The Big Question

After giving clues, the Book of Proverbs ends the riddles summing with the biggest question which the Gospels answer. Unlike other riddles and questions, this one determines the eternity of men.

‘Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!’

(Proverbs 30:4)

‘But what about you? he (Jesus) asked, ‘who do you say I am?’

(Matthew 16:15)

9 thoughts on “Proverbs, Parables & Predictions

  1. Ohhhhhh!!! This has got to be one of your best and most enlightening posts ever! You keep getting better and better! You’re on fire!!! Thank you for sharing this gold with us! Thank You Jesus for discernment!!!

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