The Wisdom Woman
May 9, 2010
INTRODUCTION: To hitchhike on last week's message from James 3:13, "Who Is Wise?", wisdom is displayed, not in what one says, but in what one shows.
The book of Proverbs begins with the wise words of a father and ends with the wise words of a mother. In Prov. 31:1, "King Lemuel" is the nickname of Solomon. Solomon's mother, Bathsheba, speaks "the utterance" (oracles); burden.
"My son," said the father in Prov. 1:18. "My son," said the mother in Prov. 31:2. First and last, the home is the strong defense of the nation. As the home is, so is the homeland.
As the home goes, so goes the nation.
The original intended audience was not young women (this is what kind of wife you should be) but young men (this is what kind of wife you should get). Although it may seem strange that a wisdom poem on the virtues of a good wife should be directed at young men, it is in keeping with the whole thrust of
Proverbs. The book everywhere addresses the young man ("my son") and not the young woman. It expounds in great detail on evils of the prostitutes and how she is a snare for a young man; it says nothing about lusty boys and the threats they pose for young women.
Proverbs directs the reader away from the immoral woman and towards the good wife because its implied reader is a young man.
Prov. 18:22, "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor from the Lord."
A good woman described here has every virtue wisdom can offer (woman wisdom).
A young person finds wisdom through three specific relationships. A man must fear God, heed parents, and find the good wife.
One gains the fear of God and the good wife in the same way; both are gifts from God.
Prov. 19:14,"House and riches are the inheritance of fathers, and a prudent wife is from the Lord."
CONTRAST TO GOOD WIFE
Prov. 21:9, "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in ...
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