Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Valiant Warrior, Lesson 2: Proverbs 31:11

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 

The Proverbs 31 woman is not who you think she is. Valiant Warrior is a better tag then Victorian Woman. Her battle is not against flesh and blood. Her weapons are not of this world. Neither are her ideals. MsH

This week
  1.  The Hebrew letter bet
  2. Hebrew word of the week, batach
  3.  A short review of Proverbs 31:10
  4.  She can be trusted because of her trust in YHVH
  5. A word about Wisdom
(1) The Hebrew letter bet is the 2nd letter of the Aleph-bet but the first letter of Scripture. “Bet” pictures a house. The pictograph is of a tent, something you go into. Being a member of a family is something most of us value, most of the time. However, there is a basic problem when people live together in one tent or house (bet). It is their differences. The very thing that makes us special is also the reason for the possibility of division. Marriages begin in romance, that is never how they end. A heart that is willing to trust is often required.

The numeric value of bet is two. Here is a fact about the number 2. It is the first number that can be divided. One of the most basic ideas about the number two is division because of difference. Light was the second creation. God said it was good. God divided the light and the darkness. Division and difference are key ideas about bet. (E.W. Bullinger)
Matthew 12:25 Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand;

Bet is often used as a prefix. When bet is used at the beginning of a root word it tells us that the subject or object is IN something. For instance, the very first word of Scripture is, re’shiyth (pronounced “ray-sheeth”). It means, “at the head, the start, the first. Re’shiyth has a  bet prefix.
“In” + “the start-the first” giving us our English phrase, “In the beginning” bare’shiyth. The English word is Genesis.

The heart of her husband Batach -trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. Proverbs 31:11

(2) Batach (pronounced baw-takh’) is a Hebrew root word meaning, “go quickly to, for refuge”

How many of you know that “trust” is not something that you have in yourself? What you have in yourself might be confidence. Trust is something we have for other people. Other people trust us. The people who love us usually trust us. One difference between trust and love is that it is often easier to stop trusting someone then it is to stop loving them. Love is probably stronger than trust but I want the people that I love to trust me. For me, this means that I must be worthy of their trust.

What does it mean to be worthy of trust? It is as simple as making what is important to the person I love, important to me. It isn't just about keeping secrets.

Psalm 52:7-8 "Behold, the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and was strong in his evil desire."  But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I Batach-trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Batach-Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your Ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
I watch so many people try to figure out their choices, try to make sense of their situation in order to plan their next move in life. They check their bank account to see what they can afford. An upgrade seems more important then contentment. Yah (the LORD) deserves your trust. But we want to "lean on our own understanding" and choose what seems best for us. Trusting Yah with the control of your heart can give you a helpless feeling. I would like to testify that "leaning on my own understanding" does not take away the helpless feeling. You know this to be true whenever things go wrong. The best a life plan can do for you is distract you with the discipline of sticking to your plan. Walking in The Way is walking with Y'shua (Jesus) in control. He straightens the path, not so you can see what is coming, to prepare yourself, but because he already knows what is coming and wants you to walk straight through it. How do I acknowledge him in The Way? That is a study in itself. But for me, acknowledgement of God resulting in a choice to trust Him begins with thanking Him for everything and in everything.
...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
(3) Last week we saw that the Valiant Warrior is a woman of Chayil
In Proverbs 31:10 we were introduced to a woman who is a powerful force, able to do the ministry that God created Chavah-Eve to do. Eve's job was to guard Adam (she has his back) and to be his ‘ezer, his co-warrior, to guard and protect creation. We found out that a “chayil” woman is of greater value than anything else that a man could desire on earth. Only Wisdom has more value than the Valiant Warrior. No one has more value than a valiant woman with wisdom.

(4) This week we learn that the woman of chayil is someone who can be trusted. 

Many people will “trust you…. With their secrets, with their tears, even with their gossip, but being a woman of Batach-trust is something that is reserved for the closest relationship.

Batach-trust is a godly trait more than a human attribute. The woman who can be trusted is a woman who has trusted in Y’shua-Jesus herself. Because she trusts Him, she is able to reflect that in her relationships. Batach-trust is not an accident of being raised in a godly family or being born special. Instead it is something we receive as a “seed gift” when we come into relationship to The Savior. A seed gift is something that grows stronger with use. This helps explain why the Valiant Warrior is such a valuable wife and friend.You are safe when you trust her. Only Wisdom has more value than she does. Why is Wisdom special? Let’s take a peak.

Proverbs 2:6-10 For YHVH gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, Guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves The Way of His godly ones.
 Then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course.
For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
God the Father, Abba, give wisdom.It does not come from education or life experience, as valuable as those things are. Wisdom is the ability to see life from a perspective that is closer to the Fathers.

Our heart is meant to be wisdom's house. Wisdom is not kept in books. Books contain knowledge. Wisdom does more then make sense of knowledge (that is understanding). Wisdom gives life to what you know. Wisdom is a shield (a form of protection). Earthly shields have grips that allow us to hold on to them. The shield of Wisdom is gripped with the integrity of our life.  
Proverbs 3:19 YHVH by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens.

Why is Wisdom so valuable? Wisdom is not a thing but a spirit, a person. Do you need one more hint about the value of Wisdom? Here is a passage that does not talk about wisdom but about "the founding of the earth, creation, We know the earth was created by Wisdom. (Proverbs 3:19) But who is Wisdom? Look at the next hint from Scripture.
John 1:1-3   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Do you know who Wisdom is yet? He created the world, Your heart was created to be his home. He was given to us by God the Father. Do you know who he is yet? I call him Y'shua (Hebrew for Salvation), you might know him by the name Jesus. 

(5) Wisdom is the only person that has greater value then the Valiant Warrior 

Now you know, Wisdom is Jesus and Jesus is Wisdom. Your heart was meant to be his home. Without Wisdom, you will never be a Valiant Warrior. You can be really smart, or you can be someone who has a very difficult time learning anything. It does not matter what you know. What matters is, "Does Jesus live in your heart?

On being smart or not very smart, it is important to me that you remember the difference between having a hard time learning and being a fool. There is no shame for a person who finds learning difficult. A fool is something different. Never call a believer a fool, (Matthew 5:22). The reason is that a fool can be (and probably is) really smart, meaning full of knowledge. Knowing information or being ignorant does not make a person a fool. Only one thing qualifies a person as a fool. They say in there heart, there is no God. (Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1)

Without Wisdom you are no different then Eve who was deceived by the Serpent. “Wisdom that comes from above” living in the heart of Eve may have prevented her from being deceived. Adam batach-trusted her. How deeply did Adam trust her? Scripture says that Eve was deceived but Adam sinned. Adam was willing to do what he knew was sin because he trusted Eve! Does that help explain why a Valiant Warrior, a Chaiel woman is so valuable? Her husband’s heart can safely trust her because she trusts God. Eve "leaned on her own understanding" instead of acknowledging God. Adam trusted her to acknowledge God, not her own understanding. The brilliance of the Serpent was not in causing her to desire to be like God, All of us want to be like the one we love and follow. No, the genius of the serpent was to deceive Eve into "thinking for herself" instead of acknowledging God. In this world, not everything can be figured out and categorized in our heads. But by faith we can acknowledge God's Word. Faith means to stand firm on something. The Hebrew idea is Amen, meaning I take my stand on the Word of God. That word is written on my heart where Wisdom lives when Jesus is invited in.

You cannot make yourself that woman of valor, you must be, “born again” for Wisdom, Y’shua-Jesus to make his home in your heart. The more you live according to the Word, the Torah of God, the more your heart, Jesus home, becomes a safe place for the one you love. Only by Jesus can two people become one. There is no other way. One cannot be divided. Do you loose yourself by becoming one with your husband? Not at all, because the secret is that you and your husband become one by being bound together like a rope with Y'shua as the third, unbreakable strand.

Note: many will say, Adam should have protected Eve. Or, she should have submitted to Adam;s judgement. All true statements. But this is a lesson for a woman and we are responsible for what we do, not for what others do. MsH
Mrs. Hagerty, September 22, 2014
Updated November 16, 2015, MsH

1 comment:

  1. thankful that i have a chayil woman