If you live long enough on this earth, chances are you will one day be invited to a feast like no other that can satisfy your very soul if you accept the invitation. It is a spiritual feast hosted by God’s Wisdom in the house that Wisdom built herself, according to Proverbs 9:1–
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:
With seven pillars holding her house up, Wisdom has designed a structure so sturdy it will last forever. Her seven pillars are patterned after the seven pillars of the inner court of God’s physical temple. Wisdom’s inner court speaks of the spiritual intimacy that God our creator wants to have with each of us–a personal relationship like no other. The seven pillars reflect God’s blessings, completeness in Christ, harmony, holiness, resting in the Lord, and unity in God’s Spirit, all of which are exhibited in the whole body of believers called the Church (Revelation 1:20).
Since the Church is the body of Christ, within the Church are the seven spirits of God which Christ possessed–namely, the Spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). These seven are symbolized in Wisdom’s seven pillars.
She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. Proverbs 9:2
Wisdom has prepared a meal to satisfy the hungriest of souls who want a whole lot more than the imitation food the world provides that leaves those who partake of it empty and unfulfilled. Since she has furnished everything anyone could possibly need by God’s grace at the table, guests are required to leave all of their own stuff outside.
She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Proverbs 9:3
Her house is full of maidservants who go throughout the community inviting the lost to come dine. As Psalm 123:2 says, “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon [serve] the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.” And what better way to serve than to spread the word about Wisdom’s feast, especially when we have experienced it’s wonder firsthand? Wisdom is not content to keep herself secret or confined to her home. She can be found even in the most prominent places of the public square sharing her message of hope and blessing supplied by God. She spreads her message in every corner of the globe. Her message is–
Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,
Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:4-6
As the Wisdom of God, she has a clear, resounding, timeless word. She wishes to help the simple–those who lack understanding of the things of God, unaware or uncaring of the severe consequences it eventually brings, and who, therefore, live in opposition to how God wants us to live. She hopes for the foolish to find real life and godly understanding by eating of the bread and the wine which she provides free of charge by God’s grace. All the foolish and simple have to do is be humble enough to show up at Wisdom’s house ready to feast spiritually on the body and blood of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:16). Her delicious bread also represents sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8) and Christ’s true church (1 Corinthians 10:17) while her wine is a figure of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
So if you are hungry for something more than life has fed you so far in all of its empty promises, feel free to come join the rest of us who regularly attend the feast at Wisdom’s table, sponsored by the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins.
Harry A. Gaylord