Originally scheduled for July 31
who come across the first verse in Proverbs chapter 9 are often
puzzled by the phrase “seven pillars.” It seems, from our modern
view, an odd structure. It is not. Seven pillars are used to
construct an ordinary, quadrangular building used for the purpose of
banqueting or feasting. Four pillars are at the corners; the
remaining three are in the middle of three walls. The fourth wall is
the one that faces the public and is entirely open. Thus it is that
such a building presents an open, welcoming entrance. You can see
everything in it, nothing is hidden — it almost advertises itself.
More than that, the word “pillars” carries with it the idea of the
permanence of stone. So we have a welcoming banquet structure,
stoutly constructed to last a long time.
consistently refers to wisdom as being female. We might take a look
at what wisdom does.
She prepares her meat and her wine. It is an interesting parallel
to the body and blood of Christ.
She then sends her maids out to get people to come into her
banquet. It is very much reminiscent of Christ’s parable in Luke
14:16-24 of the banquet for which those invited refused to attend.
Most of all, she declares this banquet to be the salvation for the
simple and the foolish, those people who lack judgment. It is
therefore of great benefit to those who dine with her.
As such we
can see something of a parallel between the banquet which wisdom
gives and the meal which Christ offers. We may examine the wisdom of
Just as wisdom’s banquet is open to all, communion is open to every
Like the stone pillars of wisdom’s house, communion is designed to
be permanent — at least until our Lord comes again.
Communion, like wisdom, is of great benefit to those who will hear
what is said. If you see the body and blood of Christ in it, you
understand the mechanism of God’s grace.
like wisdom (see James 1:5) is given generously. Our Lord laid down
his life so that we might have this reminder of our salvation. There
is no greater generosity.