Friday 31 July, 2015
Proverbs 9:1-6SHE MAKES A FEAST
Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.(vss 5-6)
Among my interfaith inheritance is the imagery of tables and feasts and the high value placed on wisdom. My parents would agree that wisdom is more than intelligence: it is a matter of heart, head, hands and more. They would also add that ‘wisdom is a craft that demands honesty’!
In Proverbs, wisdom’s table is a metaphor for a space to enable mutuality in the giving and receiving of wisdom. In the Jewish tradition, wisdom is the Torah and so should be feasted upon like banquet at wisdom’s table. The invitation is to: ‘come, taste and discover: eat and drink your fill; chew on, savour and swallow the sweetness of God’s word; and be satisfied.’
Wisdom feeds us when we hear the word read and proclaimed, though we may not always find the flavour to our taste! When we gather for worship, in our prayers and meetings, Wisdom is there assuring, feeding, comforting, forgiving and challenging us – making us wiser. When we hear and speak the good news of abundant life, we are feasting upon Wisdom. Wisdom kisses and embraces us as we rise from her table and says to us: ‘Now make me real in your life: go and feed others as I have fed you, and be sure to come back for more feasting. There is always enough for everyone.’ Taste and see – God is generous!
Prayer † Wisdom-God, continue to feed us with your generous bread of life so that we may feed all with your offer of abundant life. Amen.
The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) is a fellowship of 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries. Its member churches are Congregational, Presbyterian, Reformed and United churches with roots in the 16th-century Reformation led by John Calvin, John Knox and others. WARC has a small secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.