Proverbs 9:3, 14
"She [wisdom] has sent out her servants, and she calls
from the highest point of the city . . .
She [folly] sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city . . ." NIV
Wisdom is calling out to anyone who will listen, but so is Folly. Both are personified as women, seated at the highest point of the city, calling out to people - inviting passers-by to dine in their respective homes. At whose house do you sup?
Wisdom offers good food and rich wine. She offers insight, righteousness, the knowledge of God, a long life, many rewards, and more. Her table gives life.
Folly, on the other hand, sets her table with stolen water and dirty secrets. She offers wickedness, mocking, suffering, ignorance. Verse 18 says ". . . little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead."
Both women are calling out, form the highest point of the city. Wisdom and folly are both accessible, practically begging you to sit at their table. Who will be your teacher?
To make it more specific - who, or what, disciples you?
Television and Netflix shows, teaching you the values of folly? Or maybe talk-show hosts, cheap magazine articles, and pop songs? More likely it is Facebook friends, ads, and videos. "Her guests are deep in the realm of the dead."
Or can you discipline yourself to choose wisdom's table? Will you listen to the Scriptures, spend time on your knees, let preachers of truth influence your thoughts? Will you choose entertainment that is good, true, and beautiful?
Perhaps today more than ever before, both wisdom and folly are readily available to teach us, through any number of media - calling out from the highest point of the city. To whose house will you go for dinner tonight?
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