She looks for wool and flax and works with her hands in delight. Proverbs 31:13
Never in my life have I gone looking for wool and flax to work with my hands… ever. Even so, I have discovered that this passage is relevant for me in this era of history. How? That is the beautiful mystery we get to solve. Take just a moment to pray for the eyes of your heart to be opened, Ephesians 1:17-20 then read on for a wild discovery.
The Hebrew letter that begins this verse is DALET. DALET is a pictograph of a door, more about that later. The value of DALET (known as the gematria) is 4 (four). Four always represents what is created. The Almighty is known by the things that are seen, his creative work. DALET is the door to creation, but what is on the other side of the door?
So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I AM the door of the sheep. John 10:7
Y’shua-Jesus is the door. In all of history He is the One being who is Spirit (actually, God Almighty) and flesh, not a mix, but, as I have often heard pastors say, “fully God and fully man. That is a saying that you can trust. However, Y’shua was known to say, Having eyes to see they see not, and having ears to hear, they hear not. (did you remember to pray Ephesians 1:17-20?)
Why are we to pray for the eyes of our hearts to open? God is seen in creation, but if you are not looking with the eyes of your heart, which is only possible when Y’shua dwells in your heart, then all you see with your physical eyes is, stuff instead of seeing YHVH in Creation. It is that simple and that wonderful. DALET, the door, is where the physical realm meets the spiritual realm, and who is to say that one is more real then the other?
The fourth commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. The Almighty rested from His “creative” work on the Sabbath. He has given us this day to rest from all that our eyes see and our ears hear to simply focus on Him, our Heavenly Father. It is important to have a day to seek Abba, (meaning Pappa or Daddy) not as a resident of creation, limited by the ability of our body and any weakness that may imply, or the ability to make enough money to provide for our needs, but to simply focus on Him.
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24
We have been adopted by the Almighty. He is not a physical, flesh and blood person like we are. He sent His only begotten Son, who gave up, not just the glory of the Spirit realm, but the extreme privilege of being the heir, the only begotten Son of the Creator. It is in the Son of God, Y’shua-Jesus, that we become who we are, and who we will someday be . Bless yourself and read 1 John 3:2! Until we see Him face to face, we have the Scripture, love letters from home, to teach us how to live. We have Y’shua, our beloved, who is the Word of God made flesh, who invites us to “follow him” (in fact, we are to take up our cross, symbolic of sedition to the current system, and follow Him). And we have Sabbath, a day set aside to focus on our inheritance, on who we are in Y’shua. Glory! But what does any of this have to do with we who are warriors, “seeking wool and flax and working with our hands with delight”?
The Hebrew word DAWRASH is the word translated “she seeks”. It means to look for… along a well worn path. The Way. Read John 14:1-6 Not only is Y’shua the door, He is also The Way, the path where we seek, “wool and flax to work with delight”.
Some say that it was the Law that was nailed to the cross, so maybe it is now OK to mix fibers that the LORD said we should never mix? God Forbid! It was the penalty for my sin that nailed my beloved to the cross, not the rules that I had violated. The only place that was even hinted at as an acceptable place to mix wool and flax was the TZIZIT, the tassels that hang from the edge of garments. They could have linen threads with a blue wool thread. The purpose of the TZIZIT is to remind us of the Torah when we pray.
A quick search for “wool and flax” in Scripture, tells me one thing. We break Torah (the Law) when we mix those threads in cloth or twist them together in yarn. Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:9-11 but it is apparently acceptable (there is debate about this) to use both in the TZIZIT. What is going on here?
I want to suggest that it has something to do with the enemy of souls verses the Truth. When the sons of god took wives from the daughters of men (Genesis 6), something that was forbidden, they produced a race of beings, wicked and un-redeemable, that were so out of control that God had to bring the flood of Noah to destroy them. Their eternal spirits became the disembodied spirits we know as demons. We are to NEVER mix spirit and flesh in this way, which is the way of the serpent known as the devil. He is the great imitator and I believe he wanted to imitate what the Son of God, Y’shua-Jesus, would someday do, take on a body of flesh, being born from a woman.
Only in Y’shua, the Messiah (Jesus Christ), the only begotten Son of God, can the spirit realm and the physical realm come together in righteousness. In Him we have power, we have a mission, we have hope, and perhaps most importantly, we have forgiveness from the sin that would separate us from God. In him we have Sabbath to simply sit and absorb who he is and who we are in Him. We have the ability to see Him in creation, to hear his voice, to walk in The Way that pleases Him. I am going out on a limb and saying, we seek Him, our Abba who dwells in glory and see His hand in creation, …seeking wool and flax, two elements that were forbidden to be twisted together, except in Y’shua. We can work in the world with delight, by the power of Him who loves us.
Warriors seek wool and flax, power in the spirit realm to work with delight in the physical realm, to effect change for the Kingdom of God. You are required to test the word of people like me, accepting only what is true.
Debs in Everett, Washington (who does know how to spell proverbs, but was distracted by the glory of what I was seeing)
Honestly, it was only during this study, calling out to Abba for understanding, that I began to see that “seeking wool and flax” was something to be done only by believers in Y’shua, and not for anyone else with any other spirit. It is beyond dangerous to mix with another “god”. Follow Jesus.
…because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect. Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 11:40 — 12:2