Welcome to the Riddles of the Wise! I’m Scott, and I get to share some thoughts with you today on Proverbs 29.
I wonder, did Jesus study proverbs? I know, He inspired it all, but did He actually spend time reading wisdom literature while He was a man on earth. I found myself asking this question as I read through this chapter.
In verse 3, it says, “A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.” Immediately, I began to wonder if Jesus was thinking about this truth as he began to tell the parable of the “lost son.” A few passages later in verse 7 it says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” Again, I was thinking about what Jesus said in Luke 14:13, “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
This theme continued for me as I made my way to verse 23, which says, “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” Jesus was and is the opposite of pride! It might be one of my favorite qualities of my Lord. The only one who truly had a right to be proud considered himself nothing, made himself lowly and gentle. I thought of the Sermon on the Mount when He said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Jesus is declaring a blessing on those who are meek, gentle, and not proud.
The meek person is not self-willed. He is not continually concerned with his own ways, ideas, and desires. He or she is willing to put himself or herself in second place and submit to what is good for others. Meekness is the opposite of self-will and self-interest. I believe we have all witnessed (and personally experienced) the proud falling as promised in verse 23. Me too.
So, I wonder if Jesus studied Proverbs the way we are this month. We know that He spent day after day in the synagogue learning when He was young, seeking God. He is the ultimate example of wise, humble, submitted living. As we follow Him, let’s seek to become more like in Him in every way, shape, and form.
Have a great day!