Proverbs 9 Commentary
by Hank Workman
2 tables have been set. 2 invitations given. The choice is ours as to where we will pull our feet up under and feast upon what has been laid out. The hostesses, however, are polar opposite.
Wisdom has set her table with choice items to be partaken of. Her cry to those in need are to come and have their fill and enjoy her delicacies that bring satisfaction as she appeals to the mind. Folly has stolen her goods, a prostitute who plays to the senses and her offerings are temporary. They are never filling and lead us to want more of the things that are unhealthy.
The imagery plays toward our actions. We are faced with choices every day; choices that can have journey altering consequences. There is no doubt, evil is tempting. The temporary satisfaction can be almost intoxicating and appear more exciting than our staying consistent and righteous in our behavior and mindsets. But evil always leads toward death. It brings the death of relationships, the slow death inside as we struggle with perspective, and in time can lead toward our own spiritual death. We should not be deceived. Sinful behavior, attitudes and actions are dangerous. Although the temptation is there to sit down with Folly, the result is unrest and upheaval.
Wisdom which shouts from the mountaintops and breathes life, establishing hope and trust in our Savior.
2 tables have been set. 2 invitations have been given. Where will we choose to feast this day?
Proverbs 9 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Proverbs 9: Only a fool would deny God.
How do you know if you are acting foolishly? First, we see that a wise person accepts correction. This goes back to the humility/teachability traits that have been explored in the previous chapters. God’s ways will cause disruption in our lives. The cross demonstrates the severity of our spiritual condition. His grace is offensive. When correction is brought by His Word, a fool quickly dismisses it, covers it, or redirects it.
I love the opening passage which personifies wisdom as a newly built house. The number of pillars (7) signifies spiritual completeness. The house is constructed on a predictable foundation and it is not lacking anything. It is attractive, solidly constructed, and comprehensively furnished.
Wisdom, like a residence, is available for visitors. The doors are left wide open. The aromatic feast being prepared wafts out into the countryside. Like a beacon atop a lighthouse, the servants call out to all who are seeking. “Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.” God’s wisdom nourishes the soul. It satisfies the heart.
“But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.”Hebrews 5:14 HCSB
Those who enter into the residence of God’s wisdom will experience a feast of solid food, but take note, it is for those mature in their faith. This decision of entering into God’s house requires discernment.