Ok, so I’m not old enough to remember the days of door-to-door salesmen. I sort of remember an encyclopedia guy coming to the door one time, but we didn’t have that kind of disposable income and that’s what libraries are for. I liked the library growing up.
Way off track.
As I was reading through these chapters of Proverbs though, the idea of a door-to-door salesman or a person shouting their wares on a street-corner or at a marketplace came to mind. In these chapters there are two of them: one is a woman who is trying to seduce a man and the other is wisdom (who is also pictured as female all through the Proverbs). Another side note, remember that Solomon was a bit of a ladies man, so it should be no surprise that female imagery is used.
Both are pictured shouting out their wares, proclaiming their enticement to those who pass by. Of course their enticements are completely different. One offers a single night of wanton abandon and fornication, followed by disappointment, misery and death (Solomon’s pictures) while the other offers a life of value, good relationships (including friendships with Kings) and happiness. Of course none of those things are guaranteed and not all of the time, but there is a distinct difference between the life lived in folly and the life lived in wisdom.
One final comment. The woman of Folly says: “Stolen water is sweet and bread eaten secretly is tasty!” Unfortunately, many of us are enticed by those very things (just ask my two-year old who thinks that food off of someone else’s plate is better than food from her own plate). But we must remember that while the bread eaten in secret may indeed be sweet, it will not remain a secret. 1 Corinthians 4:5 reads: “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”
All things done in secret and under the cover of darkness will be brought to light…better to not linger in the darkness my friends.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Proverbs 10-12