Summary: Message 1 of 6 on building a Godly home. This message was delivered on Mother’s day by my mother, wife, and daughter. It’s based on their reactions to Proverbs 31. The bulk of the content is not recorded but the concept is present.
A Noble Woman
May 13, 2007
Mother’s Day at MCC
This is a special day we set aside to recognize and to remember our mothers.
One of the traditional texts that is often read and used is found in the last chapter of Proverbs. This passage describes a noble woman and outlines in poetry what she is like.
Today I thought that it might be wiser for me to ask three women of three different generations to read this passage and to speak to its truths from each of their perspectives.
Let me introduce Betty Stacy, Donna Stacy, and Shannon Nedds.
(Betty begins by reading…)
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
Shannon: Hey, wait a minute – where are my servant girls??
Discussion of what it means to be devoted to your family and their needs
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
Shannon: Mom – what’s a distaff??
Discussion of independence and ability to work hard to benefit those she loves
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Donna: To Betty – How do you “laugh at the days to come”?
Discussion of the how strength and dignity translates into real Godly living.
26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Betty to Shannon – So do your children arise on Sunday morning and call you blessed?
Discussion of what it means to have a blessed life.
Rick closes and comments on vs 30-31
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
v. 30 says, “a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”
If your wife, or your Mom, loves God ... you’ve got it good.
Love her, praise her, for her DEDICATION in helping build a Christian home.