Proverbs 9 Wisdom has built her house. . ."Let all who are simple come in here!" she says to those who lack judgment. "Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. . . The woman Folly is loud. . . "Let all who are simple come in here!" says to those who lack judgment. "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!"
This chapter includes two invitations. I like the commentary from The Interpreters Bible and I'd like to share a few excerpts from it. Both Wisdom and Folly call to the simple. "Both Wisdom and Folly assume that the young man is without experience. He has not passed this way before. He is simple in that he has not yet lived long enough to know which way leads to life and which leads to death. Thus he become a candidate to be won. Since he has not yet developed an inner voice to tell him which way to go, he can be appealed to by voices from without." Note: Some of us have lived long enough to "know better." Have you learned the Voice of Wisdom? Pay heed.
"Both Wisdom and Folly assume that they themselves have experience which the young man does not have. They have lived longer. It is not necessary to him to begin with nothing. There is an accumulated reserve of experience upon which he can draw." Note: It is better to learn from others' experiences than our own. Experience is a hard teacher. Wisdom has built her house. . In the New Testament, Jesus says this in John 14, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, i will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. . . I am the way and the truth and the life." Wisdom is the Father's house and Jesus has already come back from the grave to take us there.
Wisdom is portrayed in Proverbs 9 as a feast. This side of Calvary, we are invited to eat the bread and drink the wine of the New Covenant. Ephesians has much to say regarding the spiritual blessings we are given in Christ. In chapter 1, we are told that In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And in chapter 2, we are told that in that rich grace, And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. . .
Yes, Wisdom is a feast. And it is available to us here and now. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. . .(Psalm 23:5). He invites us to come to His table.
We'll stop here for today. Feast on Him!