Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Her Character

Today, I am going to start a study based on Elizabeth George's book, "Beautiful in God's Eyes".

The first chapter is on the Character of a Virtuous Woman.

"Who can find a virtuous woman?" Proverbs 31:10

In Mrs. George's Book, she goes into a little background on the writing of this chapter. In Proverbs 31:1, it says "The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him." In verses 1-9, she is teaching him about leadership. But when it comes to verse 10, she wants to get across to him the importance of finding a good, wife. One that would be a great treasure to him. In the Hebrew writings, these qualities are written according to their alphabet. EG (Elizabeth George) surmises, it is because the boy is young, and it would be easier for her some to remember these qualities if she put them to their alphabet.

These words (verse's 10-31) aren't the words of a man, they are written by King Lemuel, but they are the words given to him by his mother. So, it is encouraging to know that these aren't some unattainable standard set by a man. They are attainable!!!

The virtuous woman seems an impossible ideal. But she isn't impossible... God shows us in the Bible some other places where there are virtuous women. One being in Ruth 3:11 " And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do to you all that you ask. For all the city of my people knows that you are a woman of virtue. "

The next time, we will explore what virtuous means! I want to keep these studies short so we all have time for it!!! Thanks for joining me!


carrie said...

what lemuels mother has said to him seems to be just a matter of common sense. but as human beings we do not always think like that. i am sure we all remember the things our parents told us that at the time we thought they were crazy but how much better off would we have been to listened. i am sure we now find ourselves repeating these same things to our kids and praying they listen better than we did.i can almost feel lemuels mothers heart that she wants only what is best for her son. how true for all of us.

Genesa said...

Thanks Sarah! I'm really looking forward to this and seeing areas God wants me to work on!