Season After Pentecost (Proper 20[25]) – The Psalm Passage: The results of living your life according to Godly & Sophia Wisdom

Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.” (Psalm 1:1 – 2)

It is with delight that I tell you, beloved reader, that this psalm passage was paired with the passage from Proverbs that describes “a good wife” – Proverbs 31:10 – 31. I am not going to cite it because it is a fairly long passage. I used to not like the passage describing a good wife, until I realized that the passage is describing a woman who is equal to her husband in owning property and conducting business. It really is a complimentary passage to women. So I am also delighted to consider the next as describing Christian women.

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” (Verse 3)

But just like men, women can walk in the path of sin, evil, and wickedness.

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Verses 4 – 6)

If women are to be considered as equal to men, they have to be held as accountable by the Divine as men are. Not more accountable or less accountable, but being held to the same level of accountability. When we talk of Godly wisdom, I say again we do not mean the wisdom that comes from books or education. And remember too that in the Old Testament wisdom was named “Sophia” and was female. Finally, it is said that most women chose the path of gentleness which is commended in yesterday’s Gospel passage.

So let this be my exhortation to learn Godly wisdom – that is both stern and demanding as “Sophia” can be but is also gentle wisdom that our Lord God Jesus Christ modeled for us. Selah!