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Clothe your Children in Scarlet.

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“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.” ~ Proverbs 31:21

Scarlet (fr. ecarlate) refers to a type of very fine (high quality) wool cloth, that was made in various colors including but not limited to bright red.  Therefore, the Virtuous Woman of Proverbs 31 was not afraid of winter/snow, because her children were well dressed/prepared for the cold/snowy weather.

However, the text also has beautiful symbolism in it. Scarlet (the color) is a metaphor/symbol of the Blood of Jesus Christ. Winter is the symbol of (spiritually, economically, emotionally and socially) barren times.  Therefore, the verse is also telling us that the Virtuous Woman was not afraid of hard/difficult times because her children were clothed in the Blood of Jesus Christ: her children were SAVED!!!!!!

Her children are part of God’s royal family (1 Peter 2:9).  And as children of The King, she does not have to fear when they face the winters in their lives.  They are cared for by God.

Likewise, all parents today, mothers AND fathers, should prepare their children for the hardships of life by leading them to the LORD; by teaching them His WORD.

Modern day society tells us that, to prepare our children to be successful in the world, they have to go to the best schools, have the best experiences, operate in the right social circles, have excellent health (be inoculated from everything) and be exposed to as much art/culture/sports as they/we want.

However, in doing so we not only run them and ourselves ragged, but we also often miss our most important responsibility to our children: tilling/cultivating the soil of their heart (getting rid of all the growth-hindering rocks and all the life-choking weeds of distraction) and planting the seed of God’s Word in it (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23).

Education, money, connections, health, social-skills are all important, but they don’t prepare us or our children for the hardships of life. A great education prepares you for a great job, but only God’s grace sustains you when you lose it. Financial security is reassuring, but money can’t buy good health or good friends. Great works of art are inspiring but they don’t give much comfort when a loved one is dying.

Wisdom for living is ONLY found in the WORD of God and only the Holy Spirit can guide us through life. So, let us “clothe” our children in the scarlet Blood of Jesus Christ so that they will be prepared for the harshest winters of life.

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There will come a glory in your eyes,
There will come a peace within your heart;
Sitting ‘neath the quiet evening skies,
Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.
You will know that you have played your part;
Yours shall be the love that never dies:
You, with Heaven’s peace within your heart,
You, with God’s own glory in your eyes.

An Excerpt for “The Mother” by Robert William Service

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7 Comments

  1. Oh, I love this post. Thank you for giving more insight into the Virtuous Woman. I’ve always loved this passage anyway but this really helps.

    Visiting from SITS and we’re now BFFs…how cool is that!!

  2. Very good post!!!

    The color of scarlet is also the most color fast. She clothed her children in things that would last. Kindness, compassion, love, mercy etc.

    • Thanks for stopping by and sharing that very insightful comment Virginia (?). You are quite right, of course, and we should follow her example even more.

      Thanks again for sharing! Please keep us in your prayers.

      God bless!!

  3. I chuckled at this verse the first time I read it. Tongue in cheek, “So, she doesn’t worry that her kids will freeze in the snow because they’re wearing red?” I looked into some commentaries who agreed with your spiritual application of the blood of Christ. Many of them said the word “scarlet” means “with double” (Vulgate Latin שָׁנִים “shanim). You put it so beautifully and simply both practically and spiritually. Nice post.

    • Oh, I forgot to add that “with double” means that they had double garments or double layers of garments or cloth.

    • Hi Lori,

      Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the encouragement. As so many are going through a winter right now, it is a Blessing and an invitation to be clothed in scarlet.

      May God continue to Bless you and your family.

      Warmest regards,

      P.S.: I looked for your hubpages blog, but could not find it.

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