Faith in the Valley
About This Show
Faith in the Valley is a weekly Christ-centered podcast. Faith in the Valley features the teaching ministry of Pastor Mark Jones. The show is recorded at Wakefield Valley Bible Church, which is located in New Windsor Maryland.
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Wonder Woman of Proverbs 31 - Episode 23
5 days ago
Beauty, strength, wisdom, and a really cool lasso. The Wonder Woman of the comics is impressive. But I think the Wonder Woman of Proverbs 31 can take her. The Proverbs 31 woman is formidable is her strength and her character. Her ability to create trust and respect sets her above all others. (Although she would welcome the Lasso of Truth to help with the kids.) Welcome back to Faith in the Valley. At Wakefield Valley Bible Church, where I pastor, we are studying Marriage and Family. This is the fifth lesson on that subject. Our first podcast episode on Marriage and Family is episode 19. In that lesson, we looked at the foundational truths of marriage and family. We then studied the seriousness of marriage. Sadly, for many, marriage has become a joke. But not for God. The last two lessons have focused on men – dads and husbands. Today we will shift our focus to that of women, especially wives and mothers. As with husbands and fathers, I want to first determine the biblical responsibilities of wives and mothers. Responsibilities of Old Testament Women According to Andreas J. Kostenberger in God, Marriage, and Family, there are three responsibilities. to present her husband with children to manage the home to be a companion to the husband The Value God values women the same as men. Both men and women are equal in God's eyes because both are image bearers. A virtuous wife is very difficult to find. Their value exceeds worldly wealth. A husband can fully trust a virtuous wife. The Work A wife and mother should focus her work on the betterment of her family. She can do this working at home or even outside of the home. A wife should love her work. She should find joy in serving her family. A wife should manage the home in such a way that it runs with efficiency. The Why Proverbs 31:10-31 is a poem. It follows two structures. One, the entire passage is an alphabetic acrostic poem. We cannot see this form in English. The other structure spans verses 20-27. This structure is called a chiasm. Gotquestions.org defines a chiasm as “A chiasm is a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order. The result is a ‘mirror’ effect as the ideas are ‘reflected’ back in a passage.” For a more detailed explanation go to the resources section below an