A Mansion and a Marriage
Thursday, January 25, 2018
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
This proverb will give fodder to the skeptics and faultfinders, for whom the Bible is hopelessly out-of-touch. “Well, of course,” they will sneer, “the Bible was written by men and for men, and you Bible thumpers love anything that keeps women in their place.” As if Solomon meant to say that “woman is the root of all evil.”
But Solomon meant nothing of the sort. We know that because (pay attention) almost all of Proverbs is addressed, in-your-face, to men, not women. Proverbs has 915 verses, but you can count the verses like this one with fingers to spare. The rest take men to task—teaching them to be good husbands, good fathers, righteous and responsible, prudent and pure, caring and selfless. True, Proverbs is written from the male point of view; and you could even say, it’s for men. But it’s “for men” like Army boot camp, not like a back rub.
Still . . . these words cry out for attention, for in their own disheartening way, they teach a profound principle—that disunity is misery. The house in this proverb is a “wide” or “spacious” house (Hebrew, hāber). But money or a mansion do not a marriage make—or a friendship, or a family, or a church. How good and pleasant it is, wrote the Psalmist, when brothers dwell together in unity (Ps. 133:1). But, oh, what pain when they don’t! Let unity be your passion and prayer (Eph. 4:3).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day! Let this be our prayer: Will you not revive us again, O Lord, that your people may rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6
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