Whoever is Simple, Turn in Here!

The one lady has, at great cost to herself, built a magnificent house, seven hewn pillars drawing the eye of those who pass by to its majesty. The other lady sits in front of a ramshackle dump. It’s in obvious need of a coat of paint and in serious disrepair. Yet, it too draws the eyes of those who walk by its way. Not because of its beauty, but because of the seductive attractiveness of the made up woman who lays out in front of it.

The first lady has set a table with only the best cuts of meat and the finest wine. The second? Well, she’s offering stolen water and illicitly obtained bread–but claims there’s something deviously sweet and savory about it when consumed with her in secret.

To dine at lady one’s table is to experience that which is life-giving. But enter into lady two’s dingy banquet room, and once your eyes adjust to the darkness you find those sitting around the table are skeletons, that her guests who come to feast have been consumed themselves by the depths of hell.

Such is the comparison laid out by the sage in Proverbs 9 (verses 1-6 vs. verses 13-18). Two ends of a spectrum with no in-between. These two women defining a fork in the road, one of but two paths having to be chosen. And they both call out to the same audience–the naïve, those still trying to find their way, and the confused, those who still don’t have their act together. Both women extending the same invitation, “Whoever is simple, turn in here!”

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! . . .
Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”  

~ Lady Wisdom  (Proverbs 9:4-6 ESV)

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! . . .
Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”   

~The Woman Folly  (Proverbs 9:16-17 ESV)

And as I noodle on this God-breathed contrast, I am in awe and wonder of Lady Wisdom and the reminder she brings of the way of the gospel.

No holding back in order to prepare the banquet. God sending His Son to make ready the table. Requiring the Christ to be all in to make available the feast. His body offered, His blood shed, that there might be a place for all who would heed His call to come, turn in here, and eat with Him.

Offering food that gives life and life eternal. Bread come down from heaven itself, that “whoever feeds on this bread will live forever” (John 6:58).

Opting not for the way of passivity, not content to just set the table and sit back and wait for the simple to stumble upon it. Instead, sending out His messengers to the high places, leaving the pristine palace of glory and going where the people are dabbling in the pursuit of idolatry.

And to all, to the simple and to the those who think themselves wise . . . to those who lack sense and to those who think they have it all figured out . . . to all, He says, “Come! Turn in here!”

Make your way to My table by faith. Eat of the food I offer, trusting that I really am the way, the truth, and the life. Receive it, though as the simple, and enter into the knowledge of God.

O Lamb of God, I come!

What wondrous grace! To Him be all the glory!

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