Have you ever decided to build a house from scratch and prepare a feast in it, just to invite people over for dinner? Wisdom has. In chapter 9, Solomon again personifies wisdom as a woman. He does this multiple times in Proverbs. Here wisdom is busy at work.
All in one go, wisdom has prepared a glorious house and cooked up a feast on her new table. The number of pillars makes sense when you are aware that seven is a number used in the Bible to symbolise completion or perfection. Basically it means here, wisdom’s house is done, as is wisdom. She can’t be added to or subtracted from. She is perfect.
So what are the house and the feast being prepared in such glory for?
“3 She has sent out her maidens, she cries out from the highest places of the city, 4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 5 “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.”
She is calling for visitors, especially ones that don’t desire her! The spectacular house and feast are for those who don’t seek for her. The man who has no understanding is on her guest list! Wisdom wants the simple to turn up and sup.
Her main message is in verse six, “Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” She is pleading for humans to have a change of heart and lifestyle.
Wisdom has done the hard yards of making an beautiful house to visit and food to enjoy; surely she is deserving of a listen at least. Forsake foolishness as she says. Go and live godly lives. Perfect wisdom says to. Amen.