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Dec 04

BEING WONDER WOMAN

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Proverbs 31 basically describes Wonder Woman. She not only takes care of her family, but runs her own business, keeps everyone in line, makes wise investments and is respected by everyone she knows. She does it all.

Recently God has nudged me to write about humor in Scripture.

One of the pieces of humor I forever return to is Proverbs 31:21

When it snows, she (the noble woman) has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet [explanation added].

When I think about all the places on the face of this world where a woman should be afraid of losing her family members in the snow, Israel is definitely not on that list.

Israel might see a sprinkling of snow from time to time, but really—enough snow that a woman should fear for her household? Funny.

Recently, however, I have begun to reconsider that verse in a new light.

Dozens of verses in Scripture encourage us to be clothed in righteousness or wear the robe of salvation.

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

When we get to the New Testament, we understand that Christ is the one who robes us:

for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:27).

In fact, the robe we are to wear is red, like Jesus’.

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).

Back to the noble woman. The clothing she dresses her family in is red—maybe not so much that they may be seen against the white snow, but more importantly because she has dressed them in righteousness.

As a woman who loves Jesus, one of the noble woman’s duties and joys is to teach her family about Jesus. She is to encourage and nurture their faith. She is to show them how to live godly lives by words and by her own example. She is to clothe them in robes of righteousness—scarlet red, symbolizing the blood of Christ who is our salvation.

Then, when Jesus returns to take us with Him:

“These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).

Miraculously, our scarlet robes will be white through the washing in His scarlet blood. We will be safe with Him where there is no darkness, no fear, no danger and not even snow. Until then, part of what keeps us grounded, keeps us focused on Him and keeps us safe from evil is to be clothed in His righteousness.

Which just happens to be scarlet.

 

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2 comments

  1. Pam

    Should I envy the Biblical woman because she isn’t buried in family paperwork? Does that give her a hands-up on being able to be a wonder woman? That aside, thank you for your post today. It was very encouraging. I pray that I am wearing a scarlet robe and I pray for the blessed assurance that I will be with Him wearing my white robe. I praise God that I can be clothed in His righteousness and have His salvation.

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      You must be under an avalanche of paper, Pam. Imagine having to keep everything written on papyrus scrolls, parchment or chiseled into stone tablets! Or worse, having to gouge everything you want to remember into wet clay. Gooey! There are many blessings amid our harried, chaotic life. I’m thanking God for my love/hate relationship with technology as I try to focus on the love part! Stay cool, girlfriend.

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