Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 22:1 and 9 which say:
“A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
“The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.”
Verse 1 says that having a good name, and being esteemed is better than having money. Having a good name among people as someone who would always help out, or as a friend, is more important than being rich.
In order to have a good name with God, who is the most important being to have a good name with, we need to be perfect. We cannot be perfect, because we have already sinned. But there is still hope for us. That hope is Jesus. Jesus was already esteemed in God’s eyes, because He is God. But Jesus lowered Himself down to being a human; He lowered Himself down to being beaten and scoffed. He took the punishment for sin!
Jesus took on all of our sin, and because of that we are righteous. He gave us His place in heaven, and took our place in hell. He endured God’s wrath, and now has returned to heaven to make a place for us. He took on all the wrath, punishment, and shame of sin for us.
Verse 9 looks pretty simple: be generous and you’ll be blessed. Ta da, Proverb of the week! But there is more to this Proverb than just “be generous”! This Proverbs helps us learn more about Jesus. Jesus was very generous; But not in physical riches. Instead, He is generous to us in spiritual riches!
We were very poor spiritually; in fact, we were sinful and deserved God’s wrath. However, Jesus the perfect Son of God, was generous toward us; He gave His life for us. He gave us His spiritual riches, and took our sin and the wrath of God on Himself.
Jesus took our place on the cross, and exchanged His righteousness for our sin!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland