Come to the Banquet

from Lynda Lindsey

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city. “Let all who are simple come in here!” she says to those who lack judgment. “Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:1-6

The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. Proverbs 10:28

For whoever finds me (Wisdom) finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death. Proverbs 8:35-36

Two women, Wisdom and Folly. Two opposites. Two banquets. One of life; one of death. Wisdom’s table, beautifully appointed, is complete, lacking nothing. Everything necessary for a sumptuous feast is at hand. Nourishing food. Choice wines, meat, fruit. Silver and gold gleam in flickering candlelight. Carefully, diligently, well in advance of the first guests, all has been made ready. The time has come. Maids stream throughout the city issuing the invitation to come to the banquet. 

Come. Dine. Eat. Drink. The invitation is to leave or lay aside one’s simple ways and attain life. Guests at Wisdom’s banquet learn to walk in her way, gaining understanding  and sound judgment leading to spiritual, everlasting life in God. Wisdom’s pupils gain teachable hearts, disciplined lives, diligent hands, and joyful spirits. 

Guests at Folly’s banquet? Mockers, scoffers, chattering fools. Loud cynics. Undisciplined. Without knowledge. Death. The banquet awaits. The choice is ours. Which feast will we choose? Wisdom or Folly?