Monday, June 15, 2015

Marriage Monday: Project P31 ~Doubly Clothed in Scarlet




Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I'm so glad you've joined me as we focus on strengthening and promoting godly marriages, both in our nation and in our own backyards. 

Today I am continuing my series for wives (and future wives) based on the ideal wife of Proverbs 31. It is both fun and challenging to look at this passage verse by verse and then examine our own lives and look for practical ways to apply these timeless principles. Please join me each Monday as we continue to examine the character and wisdom of this noble woman and learn how we can each become a Model P31! 


She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet. ~
 Proverbs 31:21

In previous verses, we've witnessed the virtuous woman's diligence, her enterprising spirit, and her willingness to go the extra mile to procure excellent food and clothing for her family. Well, there's more!  Not only does this amazing woman work hard each day to meet her family's needs for food, clothing, and a loving home, but she also takes time to plan ahead and prepare for the future!

This verse states that she is not afraid of the snow, because every member of her household is clothed with scarlet.  She is prepared for the next season -- in this case, cold, wet, winter days.

Scarlet cloth was more expensive, so we know she has prepared ahead with utmost care, providing only the best for her family!  She knows and appreciates quality material which will last, and she is not afraid to wear richly colored, beautiful clothing.

But there's so much more to this verse.  The Hebrew word clothed also contains the concept of doubly clothed, and is thus translated that way in the Amplified Version:  

She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.

While on the surface this may mean that her clothing was double thickness, I believe there is a double meaning to this entire verse. Not only has the virtuous woman prepared her family for winter weather, she has prepared her family for spiritual winter by making sure they are clothed in Christ's righteousness.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. ~ Isaiah 1:18.


I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10

I love the idea that the virtuous wife has prepared for the future by making sure her family is doubly clothed in scarlet!!


Especially for Single P31s:

You may not have responsibility for a husband and children, but you are still responsible for yourself.  Do you plan ahead or do you just live for the day before you?  Do you take time to prepare for the next season of life?  Perhaps all your attention is focused on preparing for life on this earth, and you've neglected to prepare for life after death. That may seem a long way off, but we are not guaranteed a long life.  Each day is a gift!  Also, being prepared to die enables us to fully live!  Jesus came that we might have both eternal life and abundant life in the here and now!   


Project P31, Mission #11:

How are you doing on your homework assignments each week??  Are you ready for a new assignment?  Today's assignment has three parts:

1. Take some time to prepare for the upcoming season.  What will you and your family need? How can you begin now to prepare for the season ahead?  We need to prepare ahead for the both the next season of the year and the next season of our lives!

2. Consider what you could do to be prepared for an emergency.  Do you have a pantry stocked with food?  Do you have any stores of water, first aid supplies, flashlights and batteries?  I remember when everyone was stockpiling for Y2K!  :)  While it is not wise to live in fear, it is wise to make some simple preparations for a possible emergency.  Many of us will face tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, or extended power outages. Are we prepared??

3. Most importantly, are you prepared for the inevitable fact that none of us will make it out of alive!  :) Are you and your family "clothed in the scarlet blood of Christ?"  There is no greater provision for your future (and your present) than to be clothed in the blood of Christ and ready to stand before God on Judgment Day! Being religious is not enough!  Religion is like the Emporer's New Clothes -- when you stand before a Just and Holy God one day, you will be naked and exposed!!  Only the blood of Christ will cover us from our shame and guilt!! (Message me if you need clarification on this point! I'd love to share with you how you can be prepared to meet your Creator!)


Your Turn to Share:

I hope you'll take time to complete your mission for this week and share your thoughts here!  Please leave a comment here on my blog or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged! You may also email me at elizabeth@yestheyareallours.com if you wish to share a private testimony or a guest post.



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3 comments:

ourhomemarysmantle said...

There is no link thing today. BUT - I am going to leave it in the comment.
I love this - just a great reminder to prepare our hearts & minds.
For if the mama is prepared, all the little ducklings will be prepared.
xx oo
https://ourhomemarysmantle.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/moments-too-much-thinking/

Judith Kowles said...

I enjoyed and was encouraged by what you shared this week.

shandraharris.com said...

So happy to have come across your blog. Insights, wisdom and Truth. Bless you all indeed, Shandra White Harris

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