I just love word studies, so when someone comes to me, or in this case messages me one morning, and asks for a deep dive into the phrases of a particular section of scripture, you bet your sweet bippy I’m taking the time to look into it. Earlier in the week our church Facebook and Instagram shared a post, and I thought it appropriate to expound on it just a bit for this week’s blog.
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet” – Proverbs 31:21
Biblical scholars have looked at this verse in two ways. The first, as completely spiritual. Snow (or winter) represents death or hard times, while scarlet represents the blood of Jesus. So this would be a picture of this woman’s children being fed spiritually and thus are saved and ready to meet the Lord at the time of their death.
The second believes the verse is interpreted more literally. The woman of noble character is a planner and is diligent in making sure that her family has warm clothes and other items to protect them from the elements of winter.
While both answers are great, both could also be true at the same time. A woman of noble character will be a planner and will be diligent. She will make sure her family is prepared for the future to the best of her abilities. Sure, there will always be unforeseeable things coming in the future, but she is as ready as she can be for the sake of her family. This is an all-around preparation. Spiritually as well as in the earthly sense.
Just like teaching our infant children how to speak, when to speak, and correcting them according to their bend; how to crawl followed by walking, riding bikes, running, and the various other activities, mothers must also raise up their spiritual side to pray, worship, and obey God.
To end, read what the writer of Proverbs thirty-one says about this woman; this woman that lives continually in the Spirit; “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:” – Proverbs 31:28.
But what does this husband say? “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all” – Proverbs 31:29.
Proverbs thirty-one is so filled with meaning, metaphors, and wisdom, we can’t possibly get it all out in one setting, so we will be spending a few weeks digging this out. Hopefully a few more blogs can be used to share this wonderful insight.