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Proverbs 31 – Eshet Chayil

Proverbs 31 is known as the Eshet Chayil in Hebrew meaning ‘woman of strength’ or ‘warrior woman.’ The Eshet Chayil is an ‘shadow’ of the Bride of Yeshua. Each sentence of this Proverb begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alef-bet.

Alef – Ox (first, strength)

“Who can find an eshet chayil (a woman of valor, an excellent wife)?  Her value is far beyond that of pearls.”

A man looks for a strong, brave, and courageous woman whose worth is that of a valuable pearl. 

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).

Bet A Tent (house, family)

“The lev of her ba’al (the heart of her husband)  securely trusts in her so that he shall have no lack of gain” (Orthodox Jewish Bible).

The eshet chayil will keep and protect the heart of her Husband, who is the head of the house and family.  

“He told him, “‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength‘” (Matthew 22:7).

Gimel Camel (lift up, pride)

“She will do him tov (good)  and not rah (harm) all the days of her life.”

The eshet chayil will not walk in her own pride, but will lift up her Husband in goodness as long as she lives.  

“So Yeshua said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM [who I say I am], and that of myself I do nothing, but say only what the Father has taught me” (John 8:28).

Dalet – Door (pathway)

“She procures a supply of wool and flax and works with willing hands.”

Wool and flax represent the redemption/sanctification message.  Wool is the covering of the Lamb through which we receive the atonement for our sins. From flax, fine linen is made, the covering for the the priesthood and the Bride.

The eshet chayil knows the pathway for her family. She works with her hands during times of cold (wool) and heat (flax).   

“They were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands; and they shouted, “Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9-10).

Hey Window (behold, reveal)

“She is like those merchant vessels, bringing her food from far away.”

The eshet chayil is compared to a merchant vessel who travels, even to faraway stores, wherever there is revelation for good food offering the best nutrition.

“Yeshua answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

Vav – Nail (secure, binding)

“She rises also while it is yet lailah (nighttime), and provides food to her bayit (house) and a portion to her na’arot (servant girls).”

The eshet chayil  is bound to her home, even rising at night, to see to the needs of her family and servants.

“When a strong man [woman] who is fully equipped for battle guards his own house, his possessions are secure” (Luke 11:21).

Zayin – Weapon (divide, cut)

“She considers a field, then buys it, with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.”

The eshet chayil cuts deals, buys lands on which she can bring forth nourishing fruit; she plants a vineyard. 

“You will recognize them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16).

Chet – Fence (protect, surround)

“She girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms.”

The eshet chayil is prepared to protect her her family from ‘warfare,’ surrounding them with the strength of her arms.

“I don’t ask you to take them out of the world, but to protect them from the Evil One” (John 17:15).

Tet – Snake (twisting)

“She sees that her business dealings are good; her ner (lamp) does not go out at night.”

The eshet chayil makes sure her business deals are true and honest, even it she has to work through the night.

“Your word is a lamp for my foot and light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Yod – Arm and Closed Hand (finished work)

“She puts her hands to the distaff with the flax; her fingers to the spinning rod.”

The eshet chayil keeps to her own affairs, stays busy in her own home teaching the next generation.

“They should teach what is good,  thus training the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to take good care of their homes and submit to their husbands” (Titus 2:3-5).

Kof – Open Hand (to allow, to open)

“She reaches out to embrace the poor and opens her arms to the needy.”

The eshet chayil has an open arms of hospitality, taking care of the widow and the fatherless; the poor, the homeless, and those in need.  

“The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world” (James 1:27).

Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff (urging forward)

“When it snows, she has no fear for her household; since all of them are doubly clothed.”

The eshet chayil looks toward the future and makes extra preparations for winter: snow, cold, and illness.

“Therefore you too must always be ready, for the Son of Man will come when you are not expecting him… pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on Shabbat.” (Matthew 24:20, 44).

Mem Water (mighty)

“She makes her own coverings;  she is clothed in fine linen and scarlet (purple).”

The eshet chayil is a mighty woman sewing her own garments and covering herself as is appropriate for a royal Bride: fine linen and purple.  

“For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his Bride has prepared herself — fine linen, bright and clean has been given her to wear.” (“Fine linen” means the righteous deeds of God’s people.)” (Revelation 19:7-8).

Nun Fish (life)

“Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land.”

The eshet chayil‘s Husband has an honored life and is known for His wisdom.

“So that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father” (John 5:23).

Samech – To Prop (support)

“She makes linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchants with sashes.”

The eshet chayil supports the community and the local merchants with her talents.   

“All the women who were skilled at spinning got to work and brought what they had spun, the blue, purple and scarlet yarn and the fine linen” (Exodus 25:35).

Ayin – Eye (see, understand)

“Oz (strength) and hadar (dignity) are her clothing; and her smile is toward the yom acharon (coming day, future).”

The eshet chayil is a woman of integrity and dignity. She is prepared for the future – physically as well as spiritually. 

“Adonai gives the command; the women with the good news [of the kingdom] are a mighty army” (Psalm 68:12).

Peh – Mouth (speak, mouth)

“When she opens her mouth, she speaks wisely; on her lashon (tongue)  is torah chesed (loving instruction).”

The eshet chayil is a source of wisdom and God’s loving instructions.

Let your conversation always be gracious and interesting, so that you will know how to respond to any particular individual” (Colossians 4:6).

Tzadik Fishhook (desire, pull toward)

“She watches how things go in her house, not eating the lechem atzlut (bread of idleness).”

The eshet chayil is not pulled toward the ‘rat race’ of life.  She focuses on her home and does not get ‘caught in the fishook’ of gossip and slander that accompanies idleness.

“Let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great value” (1 Peter 3:4).

Qof – Back of the Head( what is behind,  final)

“Her children arise; they make her happy; her husband too, as he praises her:”

The eshet chayil‘s final blessing is her children who grow up godly and faithful; her husband praises her for her faithfulness to the family.

“The righteous live a life of integrity; happy are their children after them” (Proverbs 20:7).

Resh – Head of a Man (leader, highest authority)

“Rabbot (Many teaching women) have done wonderful things, but you surpass them all.”

The eshet chayil has a spiritual life that teaches other women because her Husband is her her highest authority.

“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3).

Shin – Teeth (consume)

“Chen (charm) is sheker (deceitful), and yofi (beauty) is fleeting, but an ish Yirat Hashem  (a woman who fears Adonai), she shall be praised.”

The eshet chayil is consumed with her fear Adonai; she is not concerned with aging and there is no ‘charm’ or deceit found in her.

“I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings” (Psalm 119:20).

Tav – Two Sticks Crossing (sign, covenant)

“Give her of the p’ri (fruit) of her yadayim (hands); and let her own works praise her at the city gates.”

The eshet chayil is the ‘sign of the covenant’ for her Husband. She is known at the city gates because of the work she has done in her home and community while providing for her family and servants, gathering food and making business deals in the market square.  

“Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).

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Two Adams: A Rib and a Bride

“If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.  So it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.’  The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:45-46).

The Body and Bride of Adam

“But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him. Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. The rib which Adonai, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:20-22). 

When God made man, the Hebrew word ish, from the dust of the ground, He observed that man was alone and this was not a good situation.  So He made a companion for the man from his rib or more correctly translated “flesh from his side.” He called the helpmeet ‘woman’ or in Hebrew isha. From the body of Adam came Eve (Havah), his companion and wife.  When Adam saw the woman Adonai brought to him, he exclaimed, “bone from his bones and flesh from his flesh!”

“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Adam was the first husband; Havah was the first wife.  Together they became the first married couple in the natural, physical realm.  Through them all humanity, men and women, came to being.  Through Adam came the ‘body of mankind.’

“The first man was of the dust of the earth … as was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth” (1 Corinthians 15:44-49).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Adom (Red Earth) or אדם

א Alef – An Ox means ‘first’ or ‘strength.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’

Hebrew word picture for adom: strong first pathway to chaos.

Havah (Life) or Eve or חבה

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal.’

Hebrew word picture for Havah: protect the binding revealed.

The Body of Yeshua

“The second man is from heaven.  People born of dust are like the man [Adam] of dust, and people born from heaven are like the man [Yeshua] from heaven;  and just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, so also we will bear the image of the man from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).

Yeshua is called the second Adam or ‘last Adam’ who brings spiritual life.   Though he was born physically like a man, spiritually he was birthed from his Father in heaven.  When each of us are born again by water and Spirit into the Kingdom of God, we become spiritual people and part of the Body of Yeshua (John 3:5-6).

“Now you are the body of Messiah [Yeshua], and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:2).

Spiritual Newborns

Each of us begins our new life in the Kingdom as spiritual infants. We drink spiritual milk which gives us the basic nutrition we need to grow in faith and walk in the Spirit.  This is called being taught the elementary truths and the foundational truths and path of righteousness.  Like infants we are dependent on others for nourishment and incapable of discerning good from evil.  Some who are born again never leave the stage outside of the spiritual womb and remain babes growing fat on formulas.  They are tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine and are easily deceived (Ephesians 4:14).

“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit, but as people are are still worldly – mere infants in Messiah.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

“In fact … you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food.  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” (Hebrews 5:12).

Spiritual Children

After being nourished on the pure milk of the Word, some spiritual babies grow and become spiritual children.  In this stage of their born-again life, they learn about the Father’s love (1 John 3:1).  They learn what it means to be a child of the Father (1 John 3:10).  They learn about the the rules in the Father’s house (Torah), and they learn about sin and forgiveness (1 John 2:12, 3:4).  They learn what it means to obey the household rules and are disciplined when they fall short  (1 Peter 3:14, Hebrews 12:7). They also learn  that love is more than mere words, it includes actions (1 John 3:18).  As spiritual children they learn about idols and how to keep from falling into idolatry (1 John 5:12).  They learn about the Adversary who desires to win their soul (1 John 2:18).

Spiritual infants and children receive the free gift of eternal life.  They will stand before the throne in heaven waving palm branches and praising Adonai for their salvation.  They will attend the ‘marriage supper of the Lamb’  as guests because they are children of Abraham (Matthew 8:11).  They will praise the Adonai’s majesty in the earth and His glory throughout the heavens.  They comprise the multitude from every tribe and tongue whose praises establish a stronghold against the enemies of God and silence the foe and the avenger (Psalm 8:1-2, Matthew 21:16).

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10).

“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:  ‘Halleluyah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments ….’  Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters  and like the peals of thunder shouting: ‘Halleluyah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.  Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come …” (Revelation 19:1-2, 6).

Spiritual Adults

Growing into maturity should be the goal of everyone who enters the Kingdom.  Maturity comes through eating solid food, the ‘meat’ of the Word and walking in the Spirit.  Each believer is given unique spiritual gifts in order to bear spiritual fruit for the Kingdom (Galatians 5:23-24).  As a mature spiritual adult, they leave the elementary teachings found in Hebrews 6. They have the wisdom of Messiah that is not of this world (1 Corinthians 2:6).  They stand firm and completely confident devoting their entire lives to God’s will (Colossians 4:12).  They discern the difference between good and evil, light and darkness (Hebrews 5:14). They press on toward the upward high calling in Messiah (Philippians 3:14).

Spiritually mature adults are not contaminated with the world and its carnality.  They walk as Yeshua told the woman at the well – in Spirit and in Truth – not one or the other.  They live by faith obeying the commands given to them by their Father.  They do not worship idols or embrace the pagan ideologies of false gods because they ‘come out from among them’ and made themselves ‘holy.’ They have been thoroughly trained in righteousness –– living rightly before They are pure and refined.  Their garments are not stained or wrinkled.

Maturity is important when it comes to the Bride of Messiah.  No human man marries an infant or a child. An adult man chooses a woman who is mature and capable of being his helpmeet.  Just as a rib portion of a mature man’s body (Adam) was formed into his bride (Havah), a rib portion of the Body of Messiah, those who have attained maturity, will be formed into his Bride.

Significant to the creation of Eve was that the body of Adam slept.  The same will be true of Messiah’s Bride.  While the Body of Yeshua is lulled into sleep through complacency and even the great deception in the end times, only those who are mature and wise will be taken into the wedding chamber and formed into Yeshua’s Bride.

Yeshua tells the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25.  They are preparing for the arrival of their Bridegroom.  They all have lamps, but only the wise have oil.   In the Parable all of the virgins fall  asleep, but only the wise virgins are able to light their lamps when they hear the Bridegroom arriving.  Only the wise virgins are prepared to go into the bridal chamber with the Bridegroom.  The foolish virgins ask the wise virgins for oil, but the oil cannot be shared.  While the foolish virgins go to buy more oil, the Bridegroom arrives and takes the wise virgins as his Bride. He shuts the door and the foolish ones lose a great reward.

All  ten virgins were part of Yeshua’s Body.  All ten virgins were betrothed to Yeshua.  All ten virgins had the Word as a lamp (Psalm 119:105).  However, only the wise had oil, a symbol of the Spirit of God.  Only the wise virgins maintained their pure and sincere devotion to Yeshua while waiting for his return. Only the wise virgins were prepared with enough oil in their lamps when the ‘appointed time’ for their Bridegroom’s return arrived.   They had made themselves ready as only a real Bride prepares.

“For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints)” (Revelation 19:7-8).

What are the righteous acts of the saints?  ‘Righteous’ acts according to Vines Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words means ‘those who are upright and conforming to God’s law (Torah).’   ‘Righteous’ comes from the Hebrew word tzdek and those who are righteous are tzedekim.   The ‘righteous’ obey Adonai’s instructions just as Yeshua taught in Matthew 5.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tzadek or righteous

ז Tzadik – A Fishhook means ‘to draw near’ or ‘desire.’

ד Dalet – A Door and means ‘pathway.’

ק Kof – Back of the Head means ‘what is behind.’

Hebrew word picture for tzadek: desire to draw near what is behind the pathway.

‘Saints,’ according to Vines, comes from the Greek word hagios and means ‘holy.’ ‘Holy’ means ‘consecrated to God.’  Saints are sanctified people, set apart for God by the way they choose to live, grow and live out the righteous ways of Adonai.  The Bride of Messiah chooses to live a consecrated life while waiting for her Bridegroom.  She prepares for a marriage ceremony and the wedding supper of the Lamb.  Her reward is a beautiful, white linen gown. She will sit beside her Bridegroom to reign with him for all eternity.

Rewards and Crowns

Crowns are given to royalty and those given authority to rule. Yeshua gives several crowns as rewards to his people, a crown that lasts forever is given to those who run the race (1 Corinthians 9:25). For those who have fought the good fight and long for his appearing, Yeshua gives a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:7-8). To those who persevere through temptation, passing the ‘test,’ Yeshua will give the crown of life promised to those who love him (James 1:12).

The Bride given fine linen, a robe of salvation and crowns, and becomes the glory of the whole universe. Her greatest reward is being transformed into the New Jerusalem (Isaiah 6:10).

“Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.” He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God. It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates; at the gates were twelve angels; and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Isra’el” (Revelation 21:9-12).

Just as Adonai created a wife for Adam from a rib portion of his body, so He will prepare a Bride for His Son from a rib portion of Yeshua.  It should be the desire of every believer, young or old, to grow into spiritual maturity because Yeshua will not marry an infant, toddler or rebellious teenager.  He will only marry only the mature, discerning, wise virgins.

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Hebrews 6 – Maturing in Messiah

“Therefore, leaving behind the initial lessons about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of turning from works that lead to death, trusting God, and instruction about washings, s’mikhah, the resurrection of the dead and eternal punishment. And, God willing, this is what we will do” (Hebrews 6:1-3, Complete Jewish Bible).  

In The Parable of the Sower, Yeshua mentions four ways the seed of God’s Word is planted in the heart. The first seed lands by the path, but is stolen by the Adversary.   Another seed lands on rocks, but never takes root.  The third seed is choked by thorns. The fourth seed falls on rich soil and brings forth a harvest (Luke 8:14).

The third seed is choked by thorns.  Because of the worries of life, desire for riches and personal pleasures, the seed planted in this heart never matures.   The phrase “they go on their way” implies they do not follow the ways of God, but their own ways.  In Matthew 6:31-33, Yeshua describes what the godless worry about:  food, drink, and clothing.  God knows we need these necessities, but we must have the proper perspective and seek God first. When we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, the thorns will not longer choke His Word from our lives and we will mature.

The Spiritual Infant

“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.  In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

A physical infant needs the nourishment of milk.  It can either drink from its mother’s breast or have formula.  Even without great parenting, a baby will grow into adulthood.   A spiritual infant, however, can remain a spiritual infant.  Formula, man-made milk, will never mature a spiritual infant. 

In Corinth, Sha’ul addresses the congregation as infants (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).   They are still babies who cannot digest the solid food of the Word. They are worldly, immature people. They have not learned to discern good from evil.  They remain untaught, unable to be corrected, and are definitely not being trained in righteousness.  Like toddlers, they lack discipline, quarrel, and throw tantrums rooted in jealousy. The only way for these babies to grow into maturity is to chew on solid food.

The Spiritually Mature

The spiritually mature will leave behind the elementary teachings and be trained in righteousness. The Hebrew the word for ‘righteousness’  is tzadek and means ‘honest, right, and true.’ In Greek, the word is dikaiosyne and means ‘doing what is right’.   The word ‘training’ in 2 Timothy 2:16 for ‘training in righteousness’ is in the present progressive tense. Righteousness is the ‘training’ process so the spiritually mature learn to do what is right, honest, and true before God.

The spiritually mature will eat solid food using the full counsel of God’s Word –– both testaments. They will not listen to those who teach what their “itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). They will study the ‘meat’ of the Word so that they will be able to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it (Titus 1:9).

The spiritually mature depend on the Spirit of God to transform their heart, mind, and soul  (Philippians 3:20-21).  Old thought patterns will be discarded until they can see God’s will for their lives – the good, pleasing and perfect will of the Father (Romans 12:2). The spiritually mature know God’s will and when trials are placed in their path, they won’t stumble and fall or lose their way.  They stand fully assured in the will of God (Colossians 4:12).

The spiritually mature have trained their senses to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:14). They recognize false teachers, prophets, and messiahs; they refute evil, lawlessness, false gods, and paganism.

The message of wisdom is for the mature who walk in the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:4-6). God’s Spirit enabled Yeshua to walk in the wisdom of his Father. God’s Spirit gives the spiritually mature the same wisdom as Yeshua, the mind of Messiah (1 Corinthians 2:16). Wisdom is taking knowledge and understanding and acting on it. According to Hosea 14:10, the wise understand that the ways of Adonai are straight, and the righteous walk in them.

The spiritually mature strain and train to reach a heavenly goal (Philippians 3:12-14). Straining implies struggling, laboring, toiling, and making every effort to run the race. Teachers stuck in the elementary teachings will inhibit and limit running this race, but the spiritually mature will persevere because they know that when “perseverance finishes its work, they will be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). They will receive the prize: the Bride of Messiah who has trained herself in righteousness.

“All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.  And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us live up to what we have already attained”  (Philippians 3:12-16).

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