She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:14 (NIV)
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:14 (NKJV)
I think we are up for a treat with this one!
Have you ever compared yourself to a merchant ship? A merchant, cashar (sä·khar’) in Hebrew, goes around and travels about in trade. This word in Hebrew is also used for palpitate. A merchant has a certain pulse, a certain way to go about business and that specific way works. There is a strategy behind every move and approach. A merchant ship specifically chooses its stops. It doesn’t just go to the next harbor but goes distances to get the good stuff. Back in the day a merchant ship would go into deep waters and would potentially face all kinds of enemies like pirates that would try to steal the valuables on the boat. But nevertheless it would stay its course with purpose, knowing that it had to get the salt, pepper, spices, oils, silver, gold, medicine from afar and deliver those goods to its own people for their well beings sake.
What does that mean for us? I believe if we as women of the 21st century are strategic and don’t just waste our money on junk food but get the good stuff even if that means we have to take the time and find a Whole Foods, Sprouts or Central Market store or at least take the time at a regular store like Wal-Mart, Albertsons, or Safeway to find the organic and nourishing food. The same with clothes, furniture, décor, birthday and Christmas presents; we ought not to purchase by impulse but take the extra step and go shopping with strategy and discernment.
The word food in this sentence is actually the word for bread in Hebrew. Lechem (lekh’·em) and derives from the root word Lacham(lä·kham’) to fight, do battle, make war, to eat, use as food.
When I first saw this I was once again very surprised. How in the world could this be? I guess that’s the point, it’s not about ‘how in the world’ but more so how in the spiritual world, in God’s realm.
The bible talks about the ‘Bread of the Presence’ and it first occurs when Moses was instructed by God to build the tabernacle.
23 “Make a table of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high. [e] 24 Overlay it with pure gold and make a gold molding around it. 25 Also make around it a rim a handbreadth [f] wide and put a gold molding on the rim. 26 Make four gold rings for the table and fasten them to the four corners, where the four legs are. 27 The rings are to be close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table. 28 Make the poles of acacia wood, overlay them with gold and carry the table with them. 29 And make its plates and dishes of pure gold, as well as its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings. 30 Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times. – Exodus 25:23-30
In John 6:48 Jesus sais: “I am the bread of life.” He gave us promise after promise about His body, the bread of life, about His presence meeting us when we gather and sit down at the table remembering what He did for us. How did that bread come about? It didn’t come about by just sitting around and twirling thumbs. No, Jesus first had to go fight the battle for us. Before the foundation of the world was laid he was the lamb that was slain, the Son of God that became man to identify with us, he was persecuted, tortured, gave His life for us on the cross, defeated our enemy and rose from the dead so that we may have life and life more abundantly. Not only that, He also gave us the Holy Spirit to walk with day in and day out.
Therefore it’s not just supplying our family with the natural things of this world but also serving them the Bread of Life, Jesus. Take the ‘extra’ step and do word studies, walk with Jesus, listen to the Holy Spirit, chew on the word, make a conscious effort to grow deeper in your relationship with God. In that way you will be able to present Jesus as the bread of life to your family by your example.