Come to the Feast

“Wisdom has built her house…She has killed her beasts, she has mixed her wine, she has also furnished her table… ‘Come, eat of my bread’”

— Proverbs 9:1-2, 5

In Proverbs 8 and 9, we see wisdom personified. In the latter chapter, she holds a feast and sends forth servants to invite others to come. In the Greek Septuagint* we find exactly the same words as are found in the New Testament where Jesus talks about a feast and servants are sent out to compel others to come in. So I think that there is a biblical reason for believing this applies to Christ.

Some object to the idea that wisdom personified in Proverbs could be a preincarnate Jesus since it is personified in the female gender and Jesus, of course, is male. This cannot be, they say. Well, I do not believe that God is a sexist, and I think that is of no problem to Him. If anyone has a particular difficulty with that, let me remind you that the Hebrew word for spirit is feminine, as is the Greek word for spirit. So I don’t have a problem with the notion that wisdom is personified here in the female form, and it still relates to Jesus.

God is preparing a great feast for us. We are welcome to come. But some, blinded by their pride, choose not to come to His great feast and, thus, will miss out.

God of plenty, thank You for inviting me to Your feast. I gladly accept the invitation, first to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb and then to this feast of wisdom. Lord, give me strength for today to always seek Your wisdom and guidance…


*The Septuagint was the translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek made by 70 (hence the name “Septuagint”) scholars from Alexandria, Egypt. It was begun in the late 200’s B.C. and was finished about a century and a half before Jesus was born.