What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?
Proverbs 9:1-5. 1Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. 2She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. 3She has sent out her young women to call from the highest places in the town, 4“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” To him who lacks sense she says, 5“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Wisdom is throwing a party! It’s a feast with meat, bread, and wine. Even the pillars of the house are decorated, and the best plates and napkins are being used.
Who’s invited? The simple. The simple are those who are still learning about wisdom, and God, and Jesus, and life. The simple person doesn’t think they know everything because they don’t. Everyone is born simple (unwise) and must learn to be wise as they grow up. Are you simple? Yep. And, compared to God, so are all of us.
Here’s the truth of Proverbs 9:4 – Often the wisest people are those who know that they don’t know much. The simple person begins to be wise when they can admit that they are simple and need help to become wise. And remember there is a big difference between being smart and being wise. Often smart people become proud and pushy and fail to have the wisdom of God and his love.
That’s why Wisdom invites us to eat bread and wine. What did Jesus say about bread and wine? He said that they symbolize his death for us on the cross. The bread is like his body, and the wine is like his blood. What dos this mean? It means that without Jesus we will always be simple and not wise. Without Jesus we can never understand what life is about. But with him we can be wise like he is and live a life that trusts and honors God.
Because of Jesus we can be wise and not simple.
With Jesus we are eating at Wisdom’s feast.
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Talk about taking communion at church. What is communion? What does it symbolize? Why is it wise to take communion?
Jesus, because of you I can grow in wisdom and understand what life is about. Help me to trust you more each day as I grow in your grace. Amen.
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