Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week Four: Rubies

Beautiful gemstones. My birthstone. Rubies. Such a treasure to hold as a stone, and the Bible says a woman of valor is worth even more! In this week's study, we're looking at these precious stones.

As we begin this study, let's begin with prayer. Pray for wisdom and understanding during this reading. Then read Proverbs 31:10-12

A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

To learn more about this verse, let's use Blue Letter Bible. In the Tools, we will be looking in the Interlinear section. Clicking on Rubies we see how this word has been used in other verses in the Bible. Take a moment to read these and note what they are comparing rubies to.

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From Smith's Bible Dictionary:

Concerning the meaning of the Hebrew words translated "rubies" there is much difference of opinion (Job 28:18) see also Proverbs 3:15; 8:11; 31:10 Some suppose "coral" to be in tended; others "pearl," supposing that the original word signifies merely "bright in color," or "color of a reddish tinge." (The real ruby is a red sapphire, next in value to the diamond. The finest rubies are brought chiefly from Ceylon and Burmah.) 

Spend some time with God thinking about the relationship between the Proverbs 31 Woman being described as "more precious than rubies" and wisdom being described in the same manner. How are wisdom and the Virtuous Woman alike? Keep note of your thoughts in your notebook.

Let's take this word study a step further. The valiant wife is more precious than rubies AND she fears the Lord. Wisdom is also is also more precious than rubies; is wisdom related to fearing the Lord as well? 

Let's compare verses using fear of the Lord and wisdom. Note the relationship between these two and then think about how wisdom, the virtuous woman and fear of the Lord relate to each other. How do wisdom and fear of the Lord relate to your life? What are you doing to grow in wisdom? 

With Our Children

A Hide and Seek Activity! You will need: 10-15 small red items (buttons, beads, candies, or even paper) these will represent rubies. You will also need a small doll (a doll house doll sized one works well) to represent the virtuous, valiant, precious Proverbs 31 mighty woman of valor. 

Before beginning this activity with your children, hide all the rubies around the house and the virtuous woman in a slightly more difficult to spot hiding place. Then, read Proverbs 31:10 with your children

A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies. 

Talk with your little ones about how precious a God fearing wife is. Pray together that your daughters might grow up to be such women of virtue and that your sons will grow to be Godly men that a virtuous, Godly woman would want to marry. Then set them off to find the rubies and the virtuous wife (describe her to your children and explain she will be more difficult to find). When all are found, allow the finder of the wife to hide all the rubies and virtuous wife again and allow your children to enjoy another round of searching.

Another idea: instead of using a doll, use a picture of your daughters for the virtuous woman!

Many blessings to you ladies, have a lovely Sunday!


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