Posted by: Pauline | November 19, 2017

Scriptures for November 29

Proverbs 31:26-31

Modern women may be uncomfortable with – or indignant about – the lower status of women, compared with men, in ancient Israel. But this passage in Proverbs is evidence that this lower status did not necessarily mean a lack of respect or dignity. Of course, since the source of Proverbs 31 is given as the teachings of King Lemuel’s mother, the woman described here may be the ideal of an elite class in society, not the typical working-class wife.

The qualities listed in these verse, however, are virtues in anyone, man or woman. Wisdom, kindness, diligence, and reverence for God are just a few of the qualities that make her praiseworthy, and which we can aspire to display in our own lives today.

Matthew 25:1-13

Wedding traditions in Jesus’ day were quite different from our own, but both then and now, weddings generally involve a lot of preparation and a lot of people. Imagine the consternation at most weddings if the bridegroom were delayed more than a few minutes, let alone long enough that people began to fall asleep.

One significant difference, however, is that in Jesus’ day, as today in some parts of the world where people’s lives are not so regimented by clocks, there was not an exact prearranged time for an event like a wedding to start. When the important people arrived – the bridegroom being the most important in this case – it would be time to start.¬†The foolish virgins seem to have expected the wedding to start when they were ready, and were unprepared to be kept waiting for someone more important than themselves.

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