Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city:
What a fascinating picture is given to us of wisdom and how she prepares herself for visitors. There is a house of wisdom to which we would all do well to visit from time to time. The preparation of wisdom is very interesting to see. Let's see what we can learn from it.
First - we see that wisdom builds her house and hews out seven pillars upon which it rests. This is a good home in which to live and learn. It rests upon seven pillars. We know from elsewhere in the Scriptures that the Spirit of God is called the seven-fold Spirit - and that wisdom comes to us when the Spirit of God is the One Who is teaching us. Thus this house is built well - and is Spirit-built as the Holy Spirit teaches us the things of the Lord (which is always wisdom).
We should note from this verse that wisdom is preparing quite the banquet for us. She has prepared her food (the Hebrew here indicates the slaughter of an animal - which was the sign of a very important meal - a celebration). She has also mixed wine. This refers to the way that people would mix spices into the wine to make it tastier. This too was a sign of a very important meal - and a celebration. She has also set the table - a last sign that this is indeed a highly valued guest for whom she is cooking and preparing things.
What can we learn from this? We learn that God desires for us to enjoy His wisdom. But the Lord is not just calling us over for a snack - He is preparing a feast for us. This means that when God desires to offer His wisdom to us - He is preparing a feast! God is not stingy when He offers His wisdom. We learn in James chapter 1 that He gives us His wisdom liberally and without finding fault. When we ask for His wisdom - when we want Him to speak to us and help us understand things - He comes with bucket loads for us! So, come to Him not thinking miserly thoughts of Him - come knowing that He desires for us to have a wealth of wisdom!
The last thing we learn about wisdom's feast for us is that wisdom even sends out her maidens and calls us to come. She send them to the top of the heights of the city so that they can be heard far and wide. Oh how God desires for us to know His wisdom and His ways. He prepares a feast for us each day - calling to us and announcing what is avaiable to us through His Holy Spirit and His wonderful Word. May we have the heart to come - the ears to hear - and the discipline to make this a regular habit. Wisdom awaits with a feast unlike any we've seen before . . . the question is, will we come?
Proverb a Day
Each day, we'll take a look at a verse from the chapter of Proverbs for the day. Our hope is to gain wisdom each day - and from that wisdom - to have understanding to make godly decisions in the throes of everyday life.
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