Monday, July 16, 2012

Proverbs 31: Tye


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Proverbs 31

Split up into two poems: “The Wise King” and “The Excellent Wife”

The Wise King

King Lemuel – ancient Jewish tradition identified as King Solomon
Oracle, Prophecy- H4853: massa – “a burden” as to signify the weighty character as divine word
What happens when something is mentioned three times in the bible? (my son)
The righteous king is told that his reign should be characterized by:
                                                                                                                        1. holiness (3)
                                                                                                                        2. discipline (4-7)
                                                                                                                        3. compassion (8-9)
Holiness:
Verse 3 –  three cross-references here:
Deuteronomy 17:17 is God telling the Israelites not to marry many foreign women
               “17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large                amounts of silver and gold.”
1 Kings 11:1-4 discusses Solomon and his wives and how they ruined him
               “King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites,                Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord                had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your                hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven                hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As                Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully                devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.”
Proverbs 5:9-11, this is Solomon describing what happened to him
               “lest you lose your honor to others  and your dignity[a] to one who is cruel, 10 lest strangers                feast on your wealth and your toil enrich the house of another.  11 At the end of your life you will         groan, when your flesh and body are spent.”

Sobriety:
Verses 4-5 – The importance is that we’re listening to advice given to a king who must have a steady mind and keen judgment
Ecclesiastes 10:16-17
               “16 Woe to the land whose king was a servant[a]  and whose princes feast in the morning.                17 Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time—for                strength and not for drunkenness.”
Look at the use of drunkenness here talking about eating, most of the time the term drunkenness in the Bible isn’t talking about having a few too many.
Don’t use verse 4 to be legalistic, but use verse 5 with discernment
Verses 6-7 – these are given as a contrast to the king, somebody with a terminal illness or deep depression

Compassion:
Verses 8-9 – The King, who is placed by God, is expected by God to mediate the people with the compassion of God
The way Jonathon spoke up for David to Saul who wanted to kill him. 

The Excellent Wife

The Wife to be praised is separated into four character traits:
                                                                                                                        1. Loyal (11-12)
                                                                                                                        2. Diligent (15)
                                                                                                                        3. Compassionate (20)
                                                                                                                        4. Wise  
                                                                                                        
First thing is these are character traits, NOT personality traits, which means you can’t get by with saying “that’s just not me”  
Basically, the second part of this chapter can be summed up with “Working hard for her marriage and motherhood”

Dudes
This book is written to a dude
The Proverbs 31 husband is mentioned three times
               1. Verse 11 – He trusts her
               2. Verse 23 – He is well known in the city gates
               3. Verse 28,29 – He praises his wife
Don’t be too proud to see her gifts and allow her to bless you with them (verse 16, 26)
Notice what’s not said about the virtuous wife (not that she isn’t these things, but it doesn’t make special mention of them): She’s a dime,  she’s funny, she’s athletic, she’s ok with me fishing all the time, she’s popular, just keep your priorities in check when picking out your girl.

Girls
However, verse 30 does not give you a Jesus Juke as an excuse to wear nothing but sweatpants and hoodies without showering for a couple of days and then get mad when “Christian Men” aren’t pursuing you. Let’s go back to Ruth 3:3 as well as verse  

Reasons Why College Girls probably hate this chapter
1. Verse 15 “Rises while it is still night”
2. Verse 16 “Plants a vineyard”
3. Verse 18 “Her lamp does not go out at night”
4. Verse 19 – Nobody knows what a distaff or a spindle is
5. Verse 26 “Teaching of kindness is on her tongue”
6. Verse 27 “Does not eat the bread of idleness”
Basically, don’t be lazy.  

“How do I become this virtuous woman?”
For this we look at the story of Esther and how she became queen. Before she went in to meet the king, she had 12 months…a full year, of beauty preparation. Obviously this is completely impractical for women today, but the truth still remains. Esther had some things to figure out in her life to be the best she could be for her king. Oh and by the way, outward beauty was a small percentage of her beauty treatments. Most of what she learned was how to run her kingdom (household), to educate her, and to teach her proper etiquette.   

Single women often see themselves as sitting on the shelf while life passes them by, or as sitting on the bench while others play the game. They do not realize that they are wasting the most important time of their lives, they are robbing themselves of great joy and reward, they are robbing their future husbands of a more virtuous woman, and they are robbing God of a servant through whom He desires to do great things. Esther had to be transformed from a young lady to a queen. Girls have to be taught “how” to be beautiful. This is what a mother does. A father approves, recognizes and admits her beauty. So when she is pursued, she knows to look for a man that approves, recognizes and admits her beauty. 
-Paul Washer 

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