10 Days of Proverbs - Day 8

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…for all her household are clothed with scarlet. Prov 31:21

I was talking to my husband about this verse and it’s interesting how this it compares with:

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments…1 Tim 2:9

Over the years I’ve known many women who hold to a view that we need to dress as plainly as possible, that frills or frippery of any kind are vain and sinful. They use the verse in 1 Timothy 2:9 as a proof text. Now, I’m sure that these gals are sincerely seeking to walk in obedience to the Lord in this choice but from looking at Prov 31:21, I see a different point of view.

In biblical times, scarlet was a color associated with royalty and the priesthood. The colors God ordained for the tabernacle were blue, purple and scarlet. The colors for the priests were blue, purple and scarlet. The color for cleansing was scarlet. It was a color that was associated with luxury. There are some commentators who say the scarlet color was not just the red dye, but meant a luxurious double woven garment, very warm and extravagant.

Think about it, this woman clothed her family with scarlet – the royal color, the fabric of warmth and luxury. She is a woman who works hard and exemplifies the abundance and overflow of God to His children in how she helps to provide for her family’s needs. And God is an extravagant God.

  • And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19
  • Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! Rom 11:33
  • I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…Eph 1:18
  • Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 1 Tim 6:17
  • Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17
  • Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.  Ps 37:4
  • So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever.”Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.”Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 1 Chron 29:10-12
  • Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste? “For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me. “For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me. “For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. “Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.” Matt 26:6-13
  • “I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it. … “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.” Ps 81:10, 16
  • He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Rom 8:32

We can walk in the example of our God as we seek to create beauty and luxury in our homes and for our families. It is not wrong to create beauty. Frumpy does not equal spiritual. We can, even without great expense, display the creativity and beauty of the Lord in our homes by the careful choices we make. We too can clothe our family with “scarlet”.

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