Daily Bible Verses for 7/13/2016

God’s Picture for Marriage and the Family Part I – (Proverbs 31:10-12)

Bible Verse
Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.

Reading Notes
What remains of this chapter of Proverbs is an acrostic poem regarding the virtues of an excellent wife. Each of the remaining verses starts with a letter of the Jewish alphabet and ends with a mention of the woman’s excellence. The picture here is of a married woman with children as was the custom in the ancient near east. The woman in this poem is not only blessed, but is also a blessing to her husband and children. The woman embodied here in this poem shows the full range of wisdom in all areas of life which is commended throughout the entire book of proverbs. As we read the opening verses we see the value and rarity of a virtuous wife, this is because she is a gift from God.

Our spouses are a gift from God which He gave us to complete each other, and here in these passages we see just that. This is the picture of excellence in marriage and the portrait of the very real importance of a wife and mother. That is why this dark world works so hard to hide this image. We have to remember Satan and this dark world wants to destroy the family, because if they can do that then they destroy lives and turn people away from God. The bond between husband and wife is meant by God to be one of the strongest bonds in human relationships. And in the family structure the husband lovingly supports and cares for the wife and family and in return the wife enriches the bonds between husband and children which holds the family together as they both grow in Christ.