Pastor/Teacher - Jim Rickard. Grace Fellowship Church. www.GraceDoctrine.org. Tuesday, August 27, 2013. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”.
DoxologyPraise God, from whom all blessings flow;Praise Him, all creatures here below;Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.—Amen.
Three Main Parts:1) Wisdom’s final exhortation to receive her, vs. 1-6. 2) Introductory principles of wisdom applied, vs. 7-12.3) A final depiction of the adulterous woman “folly”, vs. 13-18
Rival Banquets:1. Preparation for the meal: “Wisdom” – vs. 1-3; “Folly: - vs. 13-15.a. Designation: “Wisdom” – vs. 1a; “Folly: - vs. 13a.
b. Invitation to brainless: “Wisdom” – vs. 4b; “Folly: - vs. 16b.c. Offer of symbolic foods: “Wisdom” – vs. 5; “Folly: - vs. 17.
Yet “wisdom” offers rewards more valuable than the riches of this world, Prov 8:10, 11, 18, 19, and “folly” recommends the sweetness of “stolen waters” and the pleasantness of “bread eaten in secret”, vs. 17
The guests of “wisdom” receive many blessings, Prov 8:34-35, but those who turn to foolishness perish and pass into the depths of hell, vs. 18.
Prov 9:1,“Has built” BANAH, בָּנָה:“To build, construct or fashion.” Bring something into existence through a particular type of craftsmanship.
“She has hewn out” CHATSAB, חָצַבIsa 51:1, “Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the quarry from which you were dug.” cf. Hosea 6:5
This is not a religious feast, but one more on the lines with a wedding feast, as compared to the adulterous woman’s false worship preparation of Prov 7:14-18.
“She has mixed her wine” This mixing sometimes means to add water, the picture of our Lord on the Cross, when His blood was mixed with water at the piercing of His side, John 19:34.
“She has set her table” Always something planned or organized. Cf. Gen 22:9; Lev 1:7f, 12; 1 Kings 18:33 = Refs. to the completed work of Christ and the power of the Cross, the “Bride Price.”
The picture of flesh, wine and a table set reminds us of the communion table where we partake of the body and blood of our Lord, based on His strenuous activity accomplished upon the Cross..
… in the payment of the penalty of our sins. And by our partaking of the cup we are reconfirming our belief in Him; our acceptance of the marriage contract He has presented to us, His bride!
Woman Wisdom Prepares A Marriage Feast Rival Banquets Are Prepared
Prov 9:1-18; Isa 51:1; Heb 9:19-20
James H. Rickard Bible Ministries 2013