Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Posted by Pastor Bob

Text of Sunday Night Grace Wins! Chapel Service:
Sunday Nov. 20, 2016

Dinner Invitation
Proverbs 9:1-6

Pro 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; (2) She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; (3) She has sent out her maidens, she calls From the tops of the heights of the city: (4) "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says, (5) "Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. (6) "Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."

Let's begin today with the following excerpt just to give us a kind of picture of this mansion-or palace as it describes:
The Palace of Wisdom is very attractive; well-built and well furnished, it rings with the sounds of hospitality; and, with its open colonnades, it seems of itself to invite all passers-by to enter in as guests. It is reared upon seven well-hewn marble pillars, in a quadrangular form, With the entrance side left wide open. This is no shifting tent or tottering hut, but an eternal mansion, that lacks nothing of stability, or completeness, or beauty. Through the spacious doorways may be seen the great courtyard, in which appear the preparations for a perpetual feast. The beasts are killed and dressed: the wine stands in tall flagons ready mixed for drinking: the tables are spread and decked. The Expositor's Bible Commentary
As these 6 verses in the Proverbs are kind of poetic, or perhapd lyrical in nature I thought I would refer to a few excerpts which really bring these verses to life for us.
The banquet described in this chapter has some interesting parallels to the banquet Jesus described in one of his parables (Luk_14:15-24). Many may intend to go, but they never make it because they get sidetracked by other activities that seem more important at the time. Don't let anything become more important than your search for God's wisdom. Life Application Study Bible


Let's go to Luke:
Luke 14:16-24 But He said to him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; (17) and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for everything is ready now.' (18) "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, 'I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.' (19) "Another one said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.' (20) "Another one said, 'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.' (21) "And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' (22) "And the slave said, 'Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' (23) "And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. (24) 'For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste of my dinner.'"


The above verses in this parable closely paralell Proverbs 9:1-6 as we will show in a verse by verse breakdown in the Proverbs.


Christ and sin are both seeking to have the uppermost place in the soul of man. We are therefore concerned to put a value upon our own souls and to sit down at the rich feast provided at Wisdom’s table. There is no true wisdom but in the way of Christ and there is no true life but in the end of His way. Summarized Bible


Verse 9:1


Pro 9:1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;


In order to understand the context of this verse let's look up 3 words in the original Hebrew:
house:
בּית
bayith
bah'-yith
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.): - court, daughter, door, + dungeon, family, + forth of, X great as would contain, hangings. home[born], [winter]house (-hold), inside(-ward), palace, place, + prison, + steward, + tablet, temple, web, + within (-out).
Notice the word "temple" in this definition; our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.


Seven:
שׁבעה שׁבע
sheba‛ shib‛âh
sheh'-bah, shib-aw'
From H7650; a primitive cardinal number; seven (as the sacred full one); also (adverbially) seven times; by implication a week; by extension an indefinite number: - (+ by) seven ([-fold], -s, [-teen, -teenth], -th, times). Compare H7658.


Pillar:
עמּד עמּוּד
ammûd ‛ammûd
am-mood', am-mood'
From H5975; a column (as standing); also a stand, that is, platform: - X apiece, pillar.


Let's analyze "7 pillars":
Seven pillars - The number is chosen as indicating completeness and perfection. God revealing Himself in nature, resting in His work, entering into covenant with human beings - these were the ideas conveyed by it. Barnes
Bible scholars have offered various suggestions about the meaning of these seven pillars (e.g., the six days of Creation and God’s seventh day of rest; or the sun, moon, and the five planets that were known at that time). It seems preferable to say the seven pillars suggest that the house was large and spacious. This is consistent with statements in Proverbs that relate wisdom to a high station in life. Bible Knowledge Commentary
Using these excerpts as a basis let's now look at what Gill says:
she hath hewn out her seven pillars; ministers of the Gospel, compared to pillars for strength and stability, and for their being instrumental in supporting the interest and church of Christ; in allusion to the pillars in Solomon's temple, Jachin and Boaz; see Gal_2:9. These are said to be "hewn", being polished, beautified, and adorned with the gifts and graces of the Spirit by Christ, and thereby fitted for their work and service; and said to be "seven", because there is a complete and sufficient number of them, which Christ has provided, and always will provide for his churches, as long as they continue in the world. Though it may be these seven pillars may denote in general the firmness and solidity of this spiritual building, the church, and the continuance of it by the power of God; or they may have respect to the seven states of the church in so many periods of time, to last to the end of all things, signified by the seven churches in the book of the Revelation; Gill


Her house has been prepared for her many guests. This is a picture of the beauty and stability of the church where her ministers may serve invited guests.
Heb 3:3-6 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. (4) For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. (5) Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; (6) but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.


Gal 2:9 and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.


Verse 9:2
Pro 9:2 She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; (NASB)
In the King James:
Pro 9:2  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. (KJV)
In the NASB it says in this verse “she has prepared her food”. The Hebrew word for food is “something slaughtered”.
טבח
ṭebach
teh'-bakh
From H2873; properly something slaughtered; hence a beast (or meat, as butchered); abstractly butchery (or concretely a place of slaughter): - X beast, slaughter, X slay, X sore.
Isa 25:6 The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.

By mingling her wine we mean to mix the wine with myrrh and other spices, sometimes the wine is diluted with water to make it more drinkable in the hot climate.
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


Here is a very informative excerpt from Gill:
She hath killed her beasts,.... Or, "her sacrifice" (d): a crucified Christ, the principal of the provisions in Wisdom's house, or the church of Christ. The death of Christ was prefigured by the slaying of beasts for sacrifice under the old law; was foretold in prophecy, and is expressed by "killing" him in the New Testament; and which shows his death not to be natural, but violent. It is commonly ascribed to the Jews as a wicked action of theirs; but was not without the counsel and determination of God, and the will and consent of Christ; and this death was as a victim to justice, by way of sacrifice and satisfaction for sin, and was vicarious; was offered up in the room and stead of his people, to make atonement for their sins;
The Gospel of Christ is also compared to wine, Son_7:9; to old wine, for the ancient doctrines of it; and to neat wine, for the purity of it; and to generous wine, for the pleasure, joy, and comfort it gives: the blessings of grace which it exhibits may be so called from their comforting and refreshing nature, which are had freely, Isa_55:1; and so are the joys of heaven, Mat_26:29. Now the "mingling" of this wine is in allusion to the mixture of wine, either with something richer, as spice, Son_8:2; or rather with water, as Jarchi observes, which was usual in those hot countries Gill




Verse 9:3
Pro 9:3  She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

Note: arnes)
Wisdom and the “foolish woman” Pro_9:13 speak from the same places and to the same class - the simple, undecided, wavering, standing at the diverging point of the two paths that lead to life or death. Barnes
She sent out her maids to invite people to attend the dinner-from the highest point in the city. As they lacked communication devices, this location is where messages and invitations would be sent from. From this high point a message from the "foolish woman" was also sent out
Pro 9:13-14  A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.  (14)  For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
When we speak of women-both wise and foolish we are not making a gender specific statement. It is just a matter of prose.
...feminine attendants are in strict harmony with the rest of the apologue. By them are represented the apostles and preachers and ministers, who go forth to win souls for Christ. Pulpit


Mat 22:9 'Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.'


Maidens - Her servants to invite the guests, ministers of the word whom he calls maidens for the decency of the parable; for wisdom being compared to a great princess, was fit to be attended upon by maidens. Highest places - From such high seats as those from which judges delivered their sentences, and officers made proclamations. Wesley


Here is the entire point of verse 9:3:
John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.


Verse 9:4
Pro 9:4 "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!" To him who lacks understanding she says,
Whoever is simple (naive) let him come in here.
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither,.... Into Wisdom's house, so well built and furnished; the church of Christ, as a house of instruction; a school, where such who are "simple", weak, and foolish, may learn. Here are many instructors; saints instruct one another; ministers of the word are teachers; yea, Father, Son, and Spirit, here teach and instruct, and none teach like them. Here many lessons are to be learned concerning themselves, concerning Christ, and concerning their duty to God and men; all sorts of persons may learn here, such who know ever so much or ever so little. Gill


Pro 1:22 "How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?


Pro 8:5 "O naive ones, understand prudence; And, O fools, understand wisdom.




As far as the education of the apostles is concerned, anyone who spent three years with the Lord Jesus Christ was not uneducated. They learned a great deal from the greatest Teacher the world has ever seen. And, of course, the apostle Paul was well educated in the schools of his day. No one could say that he was an ignorant man. Let's remember that wisdom is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He can give you a complete education. J Vernon McGee


From the Psalms:
Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.


Psa 119:130 The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.


I talked at some length yesterday with a Brittish fellow who was well spoken, and well educated. He had not a clue about things "revealed to infants",
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.


Verse 9:5
Pro 9:5 "Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed.


Come, eat of my bread,.... Which stands for all the provisions of Christ's house; it designs the Gospel, which to a believer is more than his necessary food; and the ordinance of the supper, one of the symbols of which is bread; and more especially Christ himself, the bread of God, the living bread that came down from heaven, which is to be eaten by faith; and this only, for everything else is that which is not bread; and this daily, as the Israelites ate their manna; this is the believer's daily bread; and largely and freely, to which they are welcome by Christ; and with gladness and singleness of heart, joyfully and with sincerity; Gill
Christ gave bread and wine symbolic of His presence:
Mat 26:26-29 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." (27) And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; (28) for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. (29) "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
Joh 6:58 "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever."
Joh 6:27 "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal."
Verse 9:6
Pro 9:6 "Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding."


Forsake the foolish,.... Foolish men and their company; not men of weak abilities in things natural and civil, or who are reckoned foolish by the world; for so the saints are, whose company is not to be neglected and forsaken; but such who are wickedly foolish, who are ignorant of divine things, and make a mock at sin and at religion; such company is very unsuitable for Wisdom's guests; such as turn in to her house ought to forsake these; Gill
Pro 4:14-15 Do not enter the path of the wicked And do not proceed in the way of evil men. (15) Avoid it, do not pass by it; Turn away from it and pass on.


Here is the choice we must make:
Pro 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Therefore:
Psa 26:4-6 I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. (5) I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. (6) I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,
There are those who will not hear. They are the scorners. There is no use wasting your time with them. In practically every church you will find a little group that will resist the Word of God. Are we to keep on giving the Word of God to them? No. The Lord Jesus said not to cast our pearls before swine. Now notice the next three verses. Some Bible expositors think they do not belong here, that they have been inserted. But, my friend, this is exactly where they do belong. McGee


Let's conclude today with this verse penned by Luke:

Act 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"


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