This is one of a series of posts illustrating a beautiful portrait of humanity; of men and women who without even realizing it, strive to embody qualities Proverbs 31 embraces in all life areas – personally, with their family, professionally, spiritually, and in their love life too. Whether you’re a “Proverbs 31” man or a woman, you stand out from the rest; you’re a red rose among a field of yellow roses. You’re a man or woman of and for all ages, a role model of timeless strength and beauty, virtue and responsibility; a cherished life partner and a powerful entrepreneur too!
“When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.”
This is such a simple yet beautiful verse depicting how the virtuous individual provides for their loved ones – both physically and spiritually – by anticipating their needs ahead of time. By planning ahead with purpose and a firm goal in mind, the virtuous individual is prepared to protect the well-being of their loved ones from cold weather, financial hardships, or any other difficulties that may arise.
Further, the virtuous individual does not fear for their household regardless of season or circumstance as they do not honor or give reverence to any challenge they face. All are viewed as insignificant in light of their preparedness. In this particular verse, the virtuous individual plans for the physical warmth and comfort of their loved ones by dressing them in warm clothing of “scarlet.” While the color scarlet of itself is not inherently warm, its use in this verse has significant meaning. In biblical times, scarlet clothing was often made of wool, thereby preserving warmth. What’s more, the clothing’s color provided desired ornamentation as the scarlet color was considered royal or dignified.
As for the “scarlet” color … it was “derived from a cochineal-like insect known as a Tola. When crushed, the Tola produced a fine deep red, or rich crimson dye, much admired by royalty and Asians alike. Upon closer examination, I learned our Lord often compared himself to this cochineal-like insect or ‘worm’. For example, in Psalm 22:6, He shared, “Yet, I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned by humanity and despised by people.” It is then that “clothed with scarlet” takes on a new meaning – a spiritual one. While Moses may have referred to scarlet wool as providing much physical warmth within the Old Testament, the New Testament refers to “scarlet clothing” of blood Jesus shed on our behalf to forgive and protect us from our sins.
Regardless of challenge, be it physical or spiritual in nature, the virtuous individual is well-prepared to protect the well-being of their loved ones. Through faith and prayers, they do not fear for their household. Rather, dressed in the “scarlet clothing” of Jesus, they are not only confident in their abilities, but also in keeping their family and extended family safe, warm, AND loved. A most colorful and formidable attire to wear indeed when presenting our selves to the world, don’t you think?
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