For this series of posts, I am focusing on those characteristics of wisdom that set the Wise Virgins apart from the Foolish Virgins.
Let us recall that in Part 1, we looked at the following words spoken by Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]:
“They that were ready went in with Him [the Bridegroom] to the marriage” (Matthew 25:10)
In speaking this parable, Yahushua taught His disciples the importance of being ready for a marriage. The marriage referred to in this passage, as we see in Revelation 19:7-9, is Yahushua’s own marriage — “the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
In the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins in Matthew 25, we are given the vital key for being ready for marriage to the Bridegroom: the Wise Virgins had wisdom, but the Foolish Virgins lacked wisdom!
It was the Wise Virgins in the parable who were ready to go in with the Bridegroom. And so it is the same with us today. If we desire to be ready, we too must have the same wisdom!
Walking in Wisdom
As we saw in Part 2, the one who is wise, learns to hear and obey the counsel and instruction of Scripture. We saw also that seeking wisdom is much like digging for treasure, and requires much effort of digging into the Scriptures. We also saw how Mary and Martha show us a pattern for our example.
We saw also that we must use great discernment as to our source of wisdom, so that we might receive only the true wisdom from the Holy Spirit, according to the Scriptures, and not man’s wisdom instead.
We have also seen thus far, that it is by the wisdom of our obedience to Yahuwah’s written Word, the Scriptures, that Father enables us to be made ready.
Finally, we saw that our goal in learning about the Biblical characteristics of wisdom is that we may become wise unto obedience, and in this way become ready — so that we might be found among the company of the Wise Virgins, who go in to the marriage with the Bridegroom!
And now, the next wisdom characteristic we will look at in this series is: the one who is wise is humble — that is, the wise walks in ‘humility.’
This characteristic of the Wise Virgins is found in Proverbs 11:
With the lowly is wisdom (Proverbs 11:2b)
This English word ‘lowly’ is the Hebrew root word ‘tsanah‘ (Strong’s #6800), meaning humbly, lowly, with the implication to humiliate. Thus one who is truly wise will be of a humble, lowly spirit, even choosing to bow down as if to humiliate yourself before Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
This Hebrew word ‘tsanah’ is used not as often as the other Hebrew words for ‘humble,’ but all the Hebrew words for humble or lowly have the general idea of looking down, to bend the knee, humble (self), downcast, meek, poor, and lowly.
This is a very important principle seen throughout the Scriptures: that we are to be of a humble spirit, and willing to humble ourselves. The Scriptures show repeatedly that having humility is a prerequisite, a necessary requirement for receiving Father’s blessings, wisdom, and guidance.
Whenever we see the word ‘humble’ in the Scriptures, many times it is Yahuwah Himself speaking, urging us by His Spirit, saying: “Humble yourself!” We must make this first step of humility toward God, before we can know His direction or intervention on our behalf. Father does indeed want us to know His direction, but we must first humble ourselves by choosing to seek Him from our own free will!
Being of a humble spirit therefore, is a choice, and often it is an on-going, day-by-day choice. Over and over, we must make the choice to be tender-hearted, humble, repentant, and at times, of a broken spirit. If we desire the blessings of God’s presence, wisdom, and grace, then we will quickly learn that humility before God is the only pathway to these treasures.
If we are genuinely humble, then we will be ‘lowly,’ we will be empty of self-righteousness. Being lowly means we will be deflated, not puffed up with pride, not hard-hearted nor selfish. The humble, the lowly, will choose to be tender-hearted, respectful, teachable, and will be open to correction. And the humble will talk to Father often — praying, seeking His help and strength, admitting their needs, their weaknesses and sorrows, or expressing their joys and thankfulness.
Our natural tendency is to be hard, tough, and self-sufficient. Therefore we must frequently seek Father’s mercy and grace to help us choose to be of a humble spirit. May we ever remember what King David knew: “Yahuwah will listen to the prayers of the lowly. He will not forget the cry of the humble” (Psalms 10:17; 9:12b).
Rewards of Humility
Notice the rich treasures we gain when we are humble:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chronicles 7:14)
Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest His words … I have even heard thee also, saith Yahuwah. (2Chronicles 34:27)
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I [Yahuwah] dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite [sorrowful] and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. (James 4:10)
As the above Scriptures teach us, the rewards for humility are numerous! Father promises to hear and answer the prayers of the humble and the repentant, to restore and lift up the humble, and He promises that His humble children will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Father rewards us with His care, wisdom, and grace (Psalms 138:6; James 4:6), when we humble ourselves, when we pray and seek Him for His direction and help. Those who walk with Yahuwah with honesty and humility, in the innocence of a little child, inspire His parental instincts. Yet without humility, we will not have the heart of a ‘little child,’ as Yahushua urges us to have (Matthew 18:3,4).
As we saw in Entering the Kingdom of Heaven, the lowly, the ‘bending the knee’ quality of humility is absolutely necessary for Yahuwah’s children to begin to know Father, to receive His instructions, and to walk in His blessings.
Humility is also necessary for us to be able to apply the characteristic we discussed in Part 2 of this series, “hearkening to counsel.” Here we saw that Martha’s sister Mary is a perfect example for the Wise Virgins to imitate. Mary exhibited humility by choosing to ‘bend the knee,’ by “sitting at Yahushua’s feet, and listening to His Word.” (Luke 10:39)
He Humbled Himself
The topic of humility has been discussed in other posts [see Related Articles below], so I will not go into further detail here. In summary, IF we want more of the wisdom that is from our Heavenly Father, then we will seek to learn and follow our Saviour’s example of humility:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Messiah Yahushua: … and being found in human form, He [Yahushua] humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8)
Yahushua humbled Himself by becoming obedient! Yahushua emptied Himself of all His rightful authority, glory, and divine nature. He humbled Himself, and became a servant!
It takes humility to be empty. It takes humility to be obedient to Father’s Word. So if we desire to be among the Wise Virgins, then we will give earnest heed to the Holy Spirit’s persistent exhortation to us through the Scriptures: “Be Humble!”
When we can make the choices, over and over again, to ‘bow down’ and walk humbly with our God, then we will reap the rewards of knowing the wisdom that is from above: the wisdom that is pure, peaceable, and full of mercy and good fruits (James 3:17).
The Greatest Benefit
As we saw in Part 1, the greatest benefit of being wise is to become ready — ready to go in to the marriage with the Bridegroom! The way we acquire that readiness is to do what Father exhorts: ‘Get Wisdom!‘
For it is by the wisdom of our obedience to Yahuwah’s Word, that Father enables us to be ready, so that we might be among the company of the Wise Virgins.
Let us therefore stay close to our Saviour, seeking His vital grace and mercy, and remember this wonderful and absolutely necessary characteristic of the Wise Virgins: choosing to be of a humble and lowly spirit.
Those who do this, are well on their way to walking in the way of wisdom, and will be ready for the Bridegroom!
Please see the next article in this series: Characteristics of The Wise Virgins: Part 4
- Acquiring A Teachable Heart
- The Key to Gaining Understanding
- The Holy Spirit Will Guide You Into All Truth
- Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures
- Steps To Obtaining Wisdom
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: The Separation of the Wise
- Preparing Your Heart