Just in case we didn’t get the message, chapter 7 is yet another devoted to warning against adultery. Interesting how they are all addressed to men, as if women would never want to stray from their marriage vows. This makes sense in a patriarchal ancient society, and of course men are naturally susceptible to lust. Jesus of course addressed men in Matthew 5 om warning against lusting in the heart. But I have a feeling this has less to do with such male weaknesses and more to do with the covenant and the man’s responsibility to his vows. Despite what these so called egalitarians I’ve been learning about (Christ basically destroyed all rolls between men and women) might argue, Scripture treats men and women very differently in terms of authority. They want us to believe these are all culturally determined and distorted as a result. So when Jesus said this in Galatians 3:
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
I’m not sure that it follows that the essential differences between men and women that God built into creation are obliterated. Anyway, I suspect that the authority and thus responsibility for a marriage is on the man, and we he goes wayward it is tragic and destructive. And there must be some analogy to God’s covenant to his bride, the church. Marriage is serious business, and regardless how people act, most know it.
Chapter 8 reiterates the benefits of wisdom, but verses 22-31 are profoundly Trinitarian. Before there was creation, there was wisdom:
22 “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
23 I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
Then he goes on to describe when he was creating:
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
And Paul tells us in Colossians 1 that By Christ, all things were created. What do we see when we look at creation? The wisdom of God in Christ. That is why nature communicates, why it is not silent. It speaks of the greatness of our creator God, and he allows us to partake of that same wisdom to live a life of flourishing and honor to him, not only here and now, but forever. Praise the Lord!