Proverbs, Parables & Predictions (3)

The Book of Proverbs makes some profound predictions and statements that are to be repeated in the New Testament. The voice of Jesus, Wisdom Himself, speaks and makes the same declarations He makes when He comes to earth. As His sheep ought to know His voice which resounds throughout the entire Bible, His voice is not easy to miss. This is because God is unchanging, ‘He is the same yesterday today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). Even in the manner He speaks can be identified within our Spirit and know that it is Him. Hence, some events and statements are made long before He stepped foot on earth and yet we know it is Him because His Spirit bears witness with our Spirit.

Temptation

One such prediction from Proverbs is how the devil will tempt Jesus, and consequently His followers. The devil is referred to in Parabolic terms as Folly, an adulteress or a prostitute, while God is referred to as Wisdom.

‘Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread and the adulteress preys upon your very life’ ~ Proverbs 6:25-26

From the temptation account in the New Testament, the devil tried to captivate Jesus by showing him the beauty of the kingdoms of the world, tried to redirect his mission and reduce it to turning stones into bread, and tried to get Jesus to jump off a very high mountain. However, Wisdom knew all this before it occurred and thus He overcame the temptations of the devil.

‘The tempter came to him and said, ‘if you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread…’If you are the son of God, throw yourself down…Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour . . . Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me Satan! For it is written; Worship the Lord your God and serve him only’’ ~ Matthew 4:3-10

Proverbs Parables and Predictions

Persecution of Believers

Another prediction that Wisdom speaks greatly of is persecution of believers. Before people could come to the knowledge of following Christ, the Book of Proverbs reveals how making fishers of men is close to God’s heart.

‘The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he who wins souls is wise’ (11:30)

‘A truthful witness saves lives’ (14:25)

‘Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter’ (24:11)

‘He who tends a fig-tree will be honoured and he who looks after his master will be honoured’ (27:18)

Those who are poor in spirit are the ones in the Kingdom of God. They are considered foolish and poor by worldly standards but rich and wise in God’s eyes. Therefore, the Book of Proverbs sometimes refers to followers of God in parabolic terms as poor but mostly refers to them in straightforward terms as wise, prudent, upright or righteous. It also predicts of persecution of believers;

‘The poor are shunned even by their neighbours, but the rich have many friends’ (14:20)

‘A poor man’s friends deserts him’ (19:4)

‘A poor man is shunned by all his relatives- how much more do his friends avoid him!’ (19:7)

Christ reiterates this in human form when He says, ‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first’ (John 15:18).

The Beatitudes

Long before Jesus went up the mountainside and sat giving beatitudes, He had spoken of them way before Matthew 5.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ‘Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud’ (16:19)
  • Blessed are those who mourn . . . ‘Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief’ (14:13)
  • Blessed are the meek . . .Humility comes before honour’ (15:33)
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness . . . ‘The labourer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on’ (16:26) ‘He who is full loathes honey but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet’ (27:7) ‘He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour’ (21:21)
  • Blessed are the merciful . . . ‘If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered’ (21:13)
  • Blessed are the pure in heart . . . ‘He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend’ (22:11)
  • Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ‘It is a man’s honour to avoid strife (20:3) ‘A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offence’ (19:11)
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness . . . ‘He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favour than he who has a fluttering tongue’ (28:23)

Wisdom spoke these things and repeats them years later so that ‘You may believe that I am He’ (John 13:9) and that ‘Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off’ (Proverbs 24:14).

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