Do you know your KING?

Over the years, we as a women’s ministry have spent much time and energy focusing on Proverbs 31:10-31: the characteristics, the many gifts and talents – wanting to be like her….well because we are {thep31project} right? Well this time, I sensed that the Lord wanted us to spend some time looking at verses 1-9. In my time of study, I learned quite a bit about parenting, a mother’s relationship with her children, some responsibilities of a king…I was able to see the heart behind the p31 wife. You see this portion of scripture was written by King Lemuel, but the words were not his own- they were his mothers! She spoke of the character of the man, and king he was to be, challenged, and encouraged him.. THEN she taught him to seek after a virtuous wife. From my study, I believe that the only reason a grown man – a king- would remember the counsel of  his mother – was because she lived them. In other words, I believe she was the p31 wife, that her son had witnessed, and later remembered, and now he himself was seeking after. So perhaps the saying is true that- every man marries a woman like his mother!

In verse 1 we read ‘The words of King Lemuel.’ I can’t help as I read through this of thinking of seeing the characteristics of our King Jesus.

 Mark 15:2 “Then Pilate asked Him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?” And He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”

Revelation 19:16 “and He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS & LORD OF LORDS”

Today we may know Jesus as our Savior, but maybe haven’t given much thought to Jesus our King. We will be glancing at these verses through the lens of Jesus our King! As we continue through verse 1 ‘The utterance which his mother taught Him’ we know that Jesus our King also spoke only what the Father told Him

John 12: 49-50 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command s everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

In verses 3-5 “Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink; lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted.‘ We see that our King lived:

  • A perfect life:
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  • Abstained from worldly pleasures and was found blameless from worldly influences: Women, Alcohol, Drugs…
  • Focused
    • Luke 9:51 Jesus set His face like a flint to go to Jerusalem.
      • Means: to set fast, fix, make firm, render constant
  • Righteous, Just… and the list goes on and on about Our King.

Now we approach a couple of verses that are a bit odd, (verses 6 &7): “Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” There is nothing new under the sun! This world is and always will be hopelessness without Jesus. This verse is what the world hands us. Even today with our current economical state we find or may even know people who turn to the bottle, drowning their sorrows and miseries in alcohol and drugs. Recently, we’ve heard of Whitney Houston’s recent death. It appears that she had been drinking while under the influence of drugs. This is reality. Doesn’t matter who you are, this world offers only hopelessness. BUT- There is a hope that only Jesus can give, and peace that is everlasting- we know him as our King Jesus….BUT what our King gives us is unlike this world:

 Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives so I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

We have a King that watches after us, and has given us all personal – spiritual body guards (if we so desire to use Him): the Holy Spirit. To help us & remind us of our King and the authority He has in our lives.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

Moving to verses 8 & 9 we read “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Our King Jesus is Our Advocate:                                                                  1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” He also pleaded our cause and accepts us by His mercy: “He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:2.

Do you know your King?

Hebrews 4:14- 16 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all [points] tempted as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

  • Christ is the  “Son of God” and He obeyed the voice of the Lord, doing only what pleased the Father.
  • Though tempted, He abstained from all worldly pleasures.
  •  Not only does He give help to those in need, but OUR KING grants us permission to approach His holy throne of grace.

Do you know Him?

And finally in verse 10, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” Our King is seeking for a virtuous bride…It was the King (Lemuel) who was looking for this woman, in the same manner that Christ our King is seeking each of us out.

Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

Revelation 21:9 “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me, and talked with me saying, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife..”

1 Thessalonians 5:23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body, be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Do you know Him? Get ready, be ready! We read of the Parable of the 10 virgins and learn of those who were prepared and ready (the wise) and those who weren’t. They were distracted with the world when the bridegroom arrived to meet His bride. Be ready.

We look at the proverbs 31 wife, a lot of times we relate this in an earthly sense to her husband. But as we look at proverbs 31 in this sense, it’s not SIMPLY the earthly husband we’re to be thep31 for…. It’s more clear that this is the wife Christ is seeking…

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