Continuing with Proverbs 14 today, “Every wise woman buildeth her house” being the chapter header on John Gill’s commentary.
I loved what he had to say about this chapter, in part, “So Christ, who in this book goes by the name of “Wisdom”, or the wise woman, builds his house upon himself, the Rock; and all his people on their most holy faith, by means of the ministry of the word, and administration of ordinances: he guides and governs his house, where he is, as a Son in it and over it; and of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, taken care of, and wisely and plentifully provided for: and so Gospel ministers, who are wise to win souls, being well instructed in the kingdom of God; these “wise women”……”
Now isn’t that interesting? Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, portrayed in the analogy of a wise woman, a housewife even, a fact clearly reaffirmed by a man who was born back in 1697. Not only is the Wise Woman, the keeper of her house, an analogy for Jesus Christ Himself in this context, but she is who “Gospel ministers” as little Christ’s, are called to emulate.
It makes a great deal of sense to me, Jesus Christ, “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, taken care of, and wisely and plentifully provided for.”
I can think of a few heads that would explode over that one. It’s all good, some people need a good sputter.
Proverbs 12 is my favorite, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” I’ve heard that quoted rather comically in a few Westerns. One of our challenges as humans is our ability to rationalize some of the dumbest ideas. It sounded so good at the time! We have a joke at our house, whenever we hear the words, “I know what I’m doing” or “I got this thing,” everybody grab a first aid kit and take cover.