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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Proverbs 31 Woman Part Two

Virtuous Woman Part 2 

From the previous post on this chapter it can be concluded a virtuous woman is; selfless, diligent and was ahead of her time. In this post we will conclude the discussion of what a virtuous is woman and will again outline practical example one could adopt to follow such model of a woman.

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

For those who have seen and experienced the snow, I am sure you can testify that although the snow looks beautiful its touch is chilling. Whenever we have snow in the UK the nation seems to always break down and laments over the money lost due to the bad weather. A lot of this may be due to a lack of preparation. In the verse above we see the women referenced does not fear the cold of the winter because she is prepared. Scarlet connotes material which is expensive therefore would be of a good quality. All of her household is clothed in such. I am assuming this is made possible because of her preparation.

This woman does not fear the chilling aspects of life for she has not only made preparation for herself but her household.

Live the life of faith day by day. Do not become anxious and distressed about the time of trouble, and thus have a time of trouble beforehand. Do not keep thinking, “I am afraid I shall not stand in the great testing day.” You are to live for the present, for this day only. Tomorrow is not yours. Today you are to maintain the victory over self. Today you are to live a life of prayer. Today you are to fight the good fight of faith. Today you are to believe that God blesses you. And as you gain the victory over darkness and unbelief, you will meet the requirements of the Master, and will become a blessing to those around you. HD 142.3
Some of us Seventh Day Adventist may be anxious of the coming crisishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiqriUK6sd0 but why should we be worried if we are prepared? It is because of a lack of preparation why we fear and also due to a disbelief in God’s word

Philippians 4:6 (KJV) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Tapestry is material, which is thick, with images or a design that is formed by weaving coloured weft. Weaving is not a quick process so for this woman to do such implies she has a lot of patience and skills. “ Her clothing is fine linen”, linen has the connotation of righteousness and purity in the Bible. This woman is clothed with righteousness.
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Revelation 19:8.  Righteousness is to be without sin, right acts, justice, pure, holy, blameless, upright without fault, and perfect. The Law of God and God himself is the standard of righteousness,

My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”-Psalm 119:172

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deuteronomy 32:4(KJV)

This woman is perfect, living a sinless life, purity and justice envelopes her life. We that aspire to such how can we also have a sinless life? Christ is the ultimate example of righteousness – “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” 1 John 2:29 (KJV)” so we are to copy his examples:

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35  (KJV)

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

The woman mentioned here is married, I want to mentioned one does not need to be married to be a virtuous woman.  This post is to inspire both married and unmarried women. There are many women who are married and are lacking the characteristics outlined in this chapter.

There is not one marriage in one hundred that results happily, that bears the sanction of God, and places the parties in a position better to glorify him. The evil consequences of poor marriages are numberless. They are contracted from impulse.”—Testimonies for the Church 4:504.

If one is greatly lacking in these virtuous characteristics then one should not enter into the marriage union. Marriage is a very serious and impacts your life on this earth and the earth to come. “Marriage is something that will influence and affect your life both in this world and in the world to come. A sincere Christian will not advance his plans in this direction without the knowledge that God approves his course” AH p. 43

The spouse of this woman is clearly a man who is upright and sits in the counsel of the Godly. Elders often have connotations of being wise, it is often said birds of the same feather flock together. Therefore if this woman’s husband sits with those who are wise in society then he too will become wise if not already. Seeing as those who are like minded tend to gravitate towards one another, the husband must be the male equivalent. Those who are aspiring to become such a woman and believe it is God’s will for them to be married must ensure that their spouse is the male version of themselves.     

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.I will not be expanding on this verse as it is similar to verse 22

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

When looking at a concordance the word strengthen in this verse not only implies being strong but also boldness. In many societies today woman are still very much expected to look cute and stay mute. This should not be the case! More women need to have Godly boldness and need not to be afraid to voice their opinion. “Honour are her clothing” synonymous for the term honour in the concordance are excellency, beauty and goodliness. Strengthen; boldness and the former are part of her makeup.

She shall rejoice in time to come. Rejoice evermore- 1st Thessalonians  5:17
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God of Christ Jesus concerning you. 1st Thessalonians 5:18  It is common that we dwell on the areas of our lives where we  would like improving while neglecting the areas that are worth celebrating.  
“Let praise and thanksgiving be expressed in song. When tempted, instead of giving utterance to our feelings, let us by faith lift up a song of thanksgiving to God.” – Ministry of Healing p. 254

How can we live this out? As the servant of the Lord rightly suggests we should have a song of thanksgiving. Pick a hymn or sing a verse that will bring comfort and will take your mind off a bleak situation.  My sister advised each day we should list the positives that took place in that day. I have also seen online what is known as a positive jar. This jar consists of pieces of paper that has positive words. Write a list of encouraging words, place in the jar and take one piece out and read daily. 

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. The word of God teaches that there is power in the tongue. What we say has the strength to kill or to heal. The Lord admonishes on how we should speak. Christ being our example spoke in a way that honoured God ““Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:”  1 Peter 2:22, sin was not found in is mouth.Christ would bless with his mouth and give counsel to many (see Matthew 5:2-10).

Christ did not speak for speaking sake but spoke wisdom. He taught that EVERY word we would have to give an account for it in the day of judgment. “36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” – Matthew 12:36 KJV

Could the veil which separates the visible from the invisible world be swept back, and the children of men behold an angel recording every word and deed, which they must meet again in the judgment, how many words that are daily uttered would remain unspoken, how many deeds would remain undone.” – The Great Controversy P 487

The above texts are truly something worth thinking about and implementing. Imagine if we thought about this, every word we say is being recorded and we will have to give a account for it in the day of judgment. How many of us would shun from ungodly comments?

“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6

As women who aspire for virtue, let us be careful in our speech and may we too speak the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Again we can see the theme of selflessness. Her household cares are met she see their needs and is diligent with her work. “But a life of idleness is a life of sin. Satan finds employment for idle hands and minds. We want you to grow up healthy and useful.” -An Appeal to the Youth p.76
Those of us that are aspiring to be amongst the saints marching in, need to rid ourselves from every idle state. The kingdom of Sodom were rebuked for their laziness, this abundance in idleness saw their ruin. ““Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49

Laziness is a sin.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

The family of this woman appreciates her efforts. Some may have the characteristics of the woman in this chapter but their family may not acknowledge their efforts. Remember that there is a God in heaven he sees all the efforts we make and is pleased. Though humanity may not see God sees all.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
 This woman is above and beyond the average woman, from what has been illustrated it can be noted she is persistent in her doings.  What can we do eac day to excel even more in our walk with Christ? Comment your answers below

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

In a world that seemingly values beauty over character woman can feel a pressure to beautify the external as opposed to internal.

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”- 1Timothy 2:9-10 KJV

Paul admonishes us that women should not be focusing on the adoring of the outward but should be focused on developing good character. As cliché as as it may seem beauty comes from within.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.  

The concluding verse reminds me of the discourse of faith and works. The work of woman spoken of in the chapter is an expression of her faith. Her faith in God compels her to do good works. Let us as woman exercise more faith. How? “17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” James 1:25

The more we expose ourselves to the things of God our faith in God will grow, because of this the desire to do what her requires will also grow.

In conclusion, in the post we have outlined some of the characteristics of a virtuous woman, as well as practical examples of what we can do to reach such.

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