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Love Wisdom, It’s More Than Rubies

Many say that knowledge plus common sense is wisdom.

But for me, wisdom is more profound than quantified human standard. It is acquired by what is learned and lived with time. It is light showing grace. It is a gift that must be received from God.

From the Proverbs (Chapter 8) it says:

For the value of wisdom is far above rubies. Nothing can be compared with it. 
Wisdom and good judgment live together, for wisdom knows where to discover knowledge and understanding. If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil. For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption and deceit of every kind.

Note the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen.

This was a story of a conceited emperor. He was so vain and proud that all he desired was admiration, and none of wisdom (which is essential in leading a tribe).

In the end, the emperor’s lack of wisdom led him to embarrassment.

Don’t be so easily flattered. Being wise does not depend on flattery. Wisdom seeks humility, truth and joy. It pleases God.

Proverbs chapter 9:10 asserts:

For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding.

Thought: Love and reverence for God are the keys to light and happiness. Wisdom is God’s gift to his people.

Check the following.

Wisdom is being compared to rubies.

The ruby is considered as one of the four precious stones. The other three are diamond, sapphire and emerald.

Large rubies are among the most precious stones. These precious stones are called the “Pigeon-blood ” red variety in Burma. Ruby and sapphire are gem varieties of corundum.

Blood connotes something most precious in life; that which is essential for life. In history, there is blood compact. In medicine, there is blood transfusion. In love, there are creative juices. In war, blood is loyalty.

In the cross, it is Jesus Christ’s passion.

Hence, wisdom is more than rubies or more than life itself. It is a miracle that roots in knowing an omnipotent God of all.

The “Emperor’s New Clothes,” is a tale that depicts how human beings can act in moments of elation and greed. It is a kid’s folktale and an adult’s parody.

Love Wisdom Like a Sister

No other chapter of Proverbs harps on about the ‘loose woman’ and not falling for her flattery and deceit like Proverbs 7 does. Only the opening four verses (of 27) and verse 24 do not discuss her; they instead dose the son up with an urgent call to Wisdom.

A threefold hinge structure appears:

1. Fervent Warning to “Love Wisdom like a Sister” (Proverbs 7:4a NLT)

The imagery couldn’t be more vivid. As in previous chapters, we’re to ‘guard our parents’ instructions as the apple (pupil) of our eye.’ (Verse 2) We’re to ‘bind the commands we receive on our fingers and write them (deeply) as a tablet on our hearts.’ (Verse 3)

As in previous chapters on adultery, in the contemporary setting, we’re to consider the subject in a gender inclusive way. The character and risk of the opposite seduction (of a young woman) at the hand of an immoral older man is only slightly different and no less real.

2. Images of an Ox going to the Slaughter (the Young Man’s Deception)

The deceiver (woman or man) is veiled as salubrious. They observe for a naive young man or woman ‘void of good sense.’ They paint a dreamy picture of something almost too good to be true–everything, it seems, has been prepared for a dream-filled interlude.

She’s dressed gorgeously, the husband’s gone away for a long time, the bed is perfumed and adorned, and she is ready, having supposedly fulfilled some vows. And, she has apparently ‘handpicked’ the target of her advances! (Verses 14-20)

Even with such silken words she struggles to entice the younger man, but she’s not done yet; she pulls out all stops to trap him with her flattery and engaging sensual looks. Suddenly, without warning, he capitulates, and is led ignorantly like an ox off to slaughter. (Verses 21-22)

Just as suddenly as the capitulation comes a dart–an arrow–into his heart, his vitals. The dart of passion slays him. Like a bird flown straight into a fowler’s snare, his life as he knew it is over. (Verse 23)

3. Final Warning to Embrace Wisdom

The only valid defense against this ‘brash, rebellious type’ of woman is to embrace Wisdom. We’re told not to even make the first move down her alleyway. “Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.” (Verse 27)

The only thing that saves us in these circumstances is the fear of the LORD (Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10) and to turn hard, fast and quickly in the opposite direction. It (the fear of the LORD) is the most basic and effective premise for sustaining spiritual life.