Thursday, November 29, 2007

Verse 24

Proverbs 31:24 (NIV) "She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes."

Linen garments in Bible times were considered to be of great value. In Judges 14:12-13 Samson promised 30 sets of linen garments and 30 sets of clothes to the person who could answer his riddle.

I think the Proverbs 31 woman doesn't skimp when she makes her garments to sell at the marketplace. Have you noticed that products you buy in the stores today are of lesser quality than they used to be? Toys are a big example. Everything is made of plastic these days, and a not very durable plastic at that. Ever wonder why that is? MONEY! Manufacturers make more money by cheapening the product yet charging more.

The virtuous woman doesn't even think of cheating the consumer in order to make more money. She is honest and works hard to earn her income. She puts family first but is very much in the business realm and somehow brings it all together in a harmonious way.

I realize that the entire Bible points to Christ and Proverbs 31 does too. Before I go any further I want to ask you this: Doesn't the Proverbs 31 woman sound a lot like the righteous bride of Christ?

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