Thursday, 4th February 2021
Why were there so many problems in the Book of Judges? It was a generation without godly leaders, and such a generation is wilful and confused. Proverbs 31 taught us how to prepare a king. God chose Samson to be the Judge of Israel, but his parents did not prepare him well and he was unable to become a godly leader.
Section One: V1-9 Prepare the King
God chose Samson’s mother and told her not to drink wine. Same thing happened here for King Lemuel, his name means ‘because of God’, and before he was born, his mother was teaching him in the womb. God chose each one of us to serve Him, He is nurturing us and teaching us every day through His Word. We are all prepared by God, not just for us to receive blessings, but for us to live in His Kingdom and His Will. In V3, when we are to become someone used by God, first we should not live in the lustful desires.
Secondly, we should not indulge in wine. The Bible did not say that we cannot drink wine, but why are Nazarites not allowed to drink? V5 tells us that when we drink, we will forget the law and pervert the justice to all the afflicted. When we drink, we will be blind and put down our alertness. When we know the consequences of drinking wine, would we use this attitude to do it? Or should we carry a conviction of sin, of righteousness and of judgement? What’s the responsibility of a king? To be the judge and to carry our righteous acts, but when we drink wine, we will easily forget the law and righteousness.
In V6-7, it tells us that when the miserable people drink, they forget their bitter heart and their troubles. But this also means they will no longer seek God in their misery. God wants to bless us and change our lives; when we change our lives our living quality will also change. We don’t just believe in God because we want to have good quality life, but it’s because when our lives are being lifted up, then the good quality life will come naturally.
Section Two: V10-31 Prepare for the Helper
V10-14 Be a Valuable Helper
How to prepare a helper and a wife? The wife is the helper of her husband and the Church is the Bride of Jesus. So this chapter is talking to all of us. How can we be a helper, who our husband can rely on? Be a blessed person, walking in righteous way of the Lord. As a wife, we should have good testimony in our lives and be victorious in everything we do. Do we also do good and not evil to the House of God as it is mentioned in V12? Do we help and bless the House of God to be abundant? Or do we keep on using the money and resources in the House of God on useless things?
V15-19 Be a Productive Helper
Are we a productive person for our household? V15 shows the noble wife wakes up every morning before the daybreak. Every morning Pastor wakes up in the morning and share to us the Rhema to go through today. If all the people in the household are not satisfied with the food given in the morning, then they will go out and find food themselves. Are we blessing the people in our household or are we becoming a burden to them? In V16 the noble wife knows how to produce profit and plant vineyard, Jesus gave us the blessings of Abraham, to take land as inheritance and to fish for people. But do we work hard in these blessings? Throughout the day what do we do?
The world lies to us and saying that if we don’t work then we are useless. But our values are not based on if we go out to work or not, but are we being a good helper and make our house prosperous? Do we go out to labour for the harvest for God? Where our heart is then our blessings will be. Stop worrying about the outward appearance and start bringing more people to Christ! We need to see the world from the eyes of Jesus, to be zealous for the salvation of the unbelievers out there, not to worry about our own matters, our beauty, or our finance, otherwise we will be like those willful Israelites as recorded in the book of Judges.
V20-24 Be a Fruitful Helper
A helper should be able to let people around them to see the fruits they produce. But often we live in fear of lacking, worry about our finance or other things. Everything we produce only benefits ourselves, but we did not see God created us to be helpers and to bring benefits to them. Be a generous person, not just for our own satisfaction and happiness. We care a lot about if we are being understood or not.
V25-27 Be a Visionary Helper
Do we live in the presence of God and the Will of God? In order for our house to be filled with the presence of God, we need to have the presence of God ourselves! To see the visions God has given to us and our family!
V28-31 Be a Diligent Helper
Have a thankful heart and be diligent to finish all the work in our hands. The students in Hong Kong Leadership Institute were very busy, day and night they diligently served God and live in the presence of God. When we see the blessings, do we treasure the opportunity and be diligent in our duties? Or do we become lazy for our own lustful desires and the worldly entertainment?
Pursuit & Response
Oh Lord, You are the mighty King, You have brought each one of us to Bread of Life Christian Church in south Auckland not by an accident. May Your Word in Proverbs 31 prepare our lives. Help us not only see ourselves but also our church. You want us to be more generous and to understand Your Will for us. The End time is near, help us and prepare us to walk in Your way, to become Your faithful bride, may everything we do is for Your Kingdom. Give us strength, passion, and vision to serve Your church, to live in the hope and to long for Your glory. Prepare our heart, oh Lord, for You only. Amen.
如何预备成为一个帮助者和一个妻子? 妻子是丈夫的帮助者，教会是耶稣的新妇。所以这一章是在对我们所有人说话。我们怎么能成为丈夫可以倚靠的帮助者呢? 要做一个蒙福的人，行耶和华的义路。作为妻子，我们应该在生活中有好的见证，在我们所做的每一件事上都要得胜。我们能否像12节中提到的那样，让神的殿“有益无损”吗? 我们是否帮助，祝福，使神的殿丰盛呢?还是是将神殿里的资财资源，浪费在无用的事上呢?
我们在教会、在家中是否能成为一个有热情、有生产力的人？第15节讲到这位才德的妇人“未到黎明她就起来”。 我们的牧师也是每天清晨就起来跟我们分享神的话语。家中的人所吃的若不是我们预备的，就会跑到外面乱吃，最后伤害自己的身体。我们是成为家中的人一个负担，还是成为他们的祝福？第16节，她买来地不是放在一边不理，而是会栽种、投资，得利。耶稣给我们亚伯拉罕的祝福，我们是否努力得地为业，得人如得鱼？18-19节，我们是否殷勤做工，还是一天到晚都在享乐？世界欺骗我们说没有工作，没有赚钱的人就没有价值 。但我们的价值不在于工作赚钱，而是 我们是否能祝福我们的家，成为帮助者。不要成为主耶稣的担忧。神说收割的日子来了，我们的心在哪里呢？是在自己投资、金钱、身材、样貌、还是情欲上？当我们看见教会的椅子比人多的时候，我们是否愿意将人带进教会里？我们让周围的人所讲的话扭曲了我们在神国度里的价值观。我们若没有用耶稣基督的眼光看周围的人，没有为这些未信主的人大发热心，就会像士师记里的以色列人一样任意妄为。