Proverbs 9:5 (ESV): Jesus is Wisdom

“Come, eat of my bread
    and drink of the wine I have mixed.

Just as with book eight of Proverbs, the ninth book is setup as the personification of wisdom as a “great lady” contrasted to a “woman of folly.”  Again, I am going to focus on wisdom, not personified as a woman, but as the source; as Christ Jesus.  I do this because I love to see and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the Old Testament.  It is an awesome reminder that the Savior was there at the beginning.

From verse 5 “eat of my bread, ” “drink of the wine I mixed,” we can look to John 6:35 to see a comparison of wisdom to Jesus:

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.”

A more complete look at wisdom as the personified Jesus is found in the account of the Lord’s Supper from Matthew 26:26-28:

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”  27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Here is the point – Jesus, our bread, is sustenance, the complete substance we need for ETERNAL life.  His blood, the wine being mixed, they are the completion of the mosaic law transformed to grace, so that WE may be transformed BY grace, the new covenant which will be poured out like “rivers of living water” (See John 7:37-38).

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