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March 13-14, 2019

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Reading along with us in Proverbs? Here’s today’s reading:

Proverbs 31 (ESV)

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?
    What are you doing, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
    your ways to those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
    it is not for kings to drink wine,
    or for rulers to take strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed
    and pervert the rights of all the afflicted....Continue Reading

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  1. Proverbs 31:9 (ESV)
     Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

    While I have no idea who King Lemuel was, these verses still contain wise teaching not only for kings but for all leaders. Those in leadership have a responsibility for those who they lead. Those who are in leadership should remember their calling to intercede for the needy.

    I read Proverbs 31:10 and find joy in the precious gift God has given to me in Brenda for she is an excellent godly wife who not only looks out for our needs as a family but for the needs of others. Her joy is infectious and we are always laughing at and with each other. Even as we read through this passage together this morning there was playful banter with Brenda teasing ‘I am not a ship’.

    One thing I did not know about the verses here in Proverbs 31:10-31 is that these verses are an alphabet acrostic of the Hebrew language. Each verse, in Hebrew, begins with the successive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. I wonder if this mnemonic was used to help remember these verses?

  2. I think I recall that King Lemuel is actually Solomon and if so, these are the words that Bathsheba shared with him and unfortunately Solomon did not follow. As we saw last night, Solomon became a man of excess with regards to the things of this world and because of his desire for women, was led to the worship of idols. And yet the wise words here show that a leader is not to use his or her authority for their own benefit but the benefit of others and so they deny themselves anything that would hinder their ability to lead, whether that be alcohol or lust specifically mentioned here.

    And acrostics were definitely used to aid in memory. How often have we said when memorizing, hey just give me the first word and that triggers the memory for the rest. Well acrostics didn’t give the first word but confidence of the first letter of the first word. And what always strikes me about this portion of Proverbs 31 is how well rounded this woman is and how her good activities are based in good character. It shows that we embrace all aspects of life and seek to maximize our potential according to God’s will and God’s economy. We seek to refine our strengths and build up our weaknesses so we are able to accomplish all the things that God’s will entails, whether we are a man or a woman.

  3. I read Proverbs 31 again and was struck by 3 verses. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Seek up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (v.8+9) It is so easy for us to think of ourselves and our needs and get comfortable when things are secure. But we need to be aware of those who are vulnerable and who cannot defend their rights. The Bible consistently points to how God’s people should be the ones standing in the gap and helping those who cannot help themselves. And then there is 31:30, ” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” How true this is. And this goes for men as well! It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world and part of that is focusing on the physical while often ignoring and treating as secondary the spiritual. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and when we orient ourselves to what God thinks and what He cares about, we will notice a character developing in us that will benefit both us and others…

  4. I am blessed to be married to my wonderful wife.

    10 An excellent wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
    11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
    12 She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.

  5. 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
    26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
    27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
    28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
    29 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
    30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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