“An Uncommon Woman in Uncommon Times” – The Proverbs 31 Woman – Ladies Bible Study Day 22
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31. Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
What is her reward I ask? Does she do these things solely to gain a reward and praise at the city gate? Or does she do these things for the love of God, her husband and children? My guess is that it is for the latter, I know that is why I do what I do. Rewards are just icing on the cake.
Proverbs 3:3-4 reads: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
To win God’s favor and a good name is our reward. Throughout the Bible rewards are given as a response to behavior, whether good or bad. From what I’ve seen, I prefer to be rewarded for my good behavior and attitudes rather than bad ones.
Read Colossians 3:23-24 and fill in the blanks: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your __________, as working for the _________, not for _________, since you know that you will receive an ________________ from the Lord as a ___________. It is the _________ ___________ you are serving.”
Read Acts 1:18-19 and fill in the blanks: “(With the ___________ he got for his _______________, Judas bought a field; there he fell _____________, his body burst open and all his ________________ spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in the language _____________, that is __________ of __________.)”
Ruth was known for her faithfulness to Naomi and her hard work amongst the townsmen and was rewarded by becoming the wife of Boaz and great-grandmother of King David.
Esther was known for her strength and beauty of both body and spirit and was rewarded by becoming the most favored queen of King Xerxes and rescuer of the Jewish people from annihilation.
Mary was known for her purity of heart, mind and body and was rewarded by becoming the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!
Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus had driven seven demons out of, became a faithful follower of the Lord and supporter of His ministry. She was rewarded by being the first to see our risen Lord!
Jezebel, the Sidonian wife of Ahab, promoted Baal worship and had the prophets of the Lord killed. She opposed Elijah and had Naboth killed for his field. Her reward was to be thrown down from a window, her blood splattered on the wall, she was trampled under the soldier’s horses and then eaten by dogs. All they found of her was her skull, hands and feet. Yummy!
Delilah the temptress, deceiver and betrayer who was bought by the Philistine rulers to bring down Samson, Judge of Israel. The bible doesn’t say specifically what her end reward was, but I want to think it was like in the movie where she was crushed in the temple of the Philistine god, Dagon. Samson pushed down the two central pillars of the temple, bringing it down on the rulers and all the people in it.
We must choose whom we will serve - God or ourselves. Joshua stated plainly that he and his household would serve the Lord. He made the deliberate choice. See Joshua 24:14-15.
Personal Question: Whom will I choose to serve? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
(The NIV Bible has been used for the above references.)
But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9