Wisdom’s Call to the Simple

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Proverbs 9

1       Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;

2     She has slaughtered her meat,

She has mixed her wine,

She has also furnished her table.

3     She has sent out her maidens,

She cries out from the highest places of the city,

4     “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

5     “Come, eat of my bread

And drink of the wine I have mixed.

6     Forsake foolishness and live,

And go in the way of understanding.

Once again, Solomon uses the woman Wisdom to set the stage for a call to living a life of wisdom and understanding. She builds a house, she sets a wonderful table, she goes out to the city and looks for those whom she can direct in the right ways of life and calls them to her feast. Her feast is desirable, it is fulfilling, and will be filled with guests to share in her wisdom.

When Solomon uses the term “simple ones” he is describing a man or a woman who is still teachable. The evil woman looks for the simple ones to pervert. The fool looks for the simple ones to draw into his foolishness. The woman Wisdom seeks the simple ones to train their hearts away from foolishness toward wisdom. She calls the simple ones to eat of her bread and to drink of her wine; these are indications of eating and drinking that which is good for you. She calls the simple ones to forsake foolishness and live and to go in the way of understanding. When a simple person follows wisdom they will become a person of wisdom. They will see the folly of foolishness and turn away from it. Thus, Wisdom calls to the simple to gain understanding so they can live in wisdom and righteousness throughout life.

What do we do when Wisdom calls? We want to think that we are among those who listen to wisdom, but aren’t there times when our lives crave a foolish act, a foolish relationship, a foolish entertainment, a foolish purchase, or some foolish words? None of us are above hearing and heeding the call of the foolish man and the evil woman. As the woman Wisdom called to the simple of her day, she is still calling to us today. The call is to follow her instruction and to live; eat at her table and be satisfied.

 

Thank you, church, JIBC, for gathering with us yesterday. We rejoice in the fellowship, the worship, the ministry of the Word and the open hearts to the gospel. As the message of salvation was preached, three people indicated that they called upon Christ to save them at the end of the message. We are praying for them to know the reality of abiding in Christ this week. Another man with whom we shared the gospel earlier, has come to Christ and is hungry for spiritual food. We are thanking God for so many opportunities to live and give His gospel.

Thank you, church leadership for your love for the Lord and His church. Our meeting Saturday was helpful in many ways and I look forward to this next year of serving our Savior together.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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