Greetings, brothers and sisters in Torah. Hope all is well with you during this time of testing. Abba’s mercy is fulfilled in this last hour by allowing us to study and understand his word. So, I have received a request to elaborate more on form and function. This study is geared more towards women, but men of course can benefit by assisting the women in their lives. What better way to understand the proper function of a women in Torah, but to reference the Virtuous Woman in Proverbs 31. This study will be split in to several parts, so let’s get started with the first part.
Part 1: 1-9, Verse 1: In the very first verses we see a mother teaching her son. So the first function of a woman is being a mother. Now I know what you are thinking, “some women can not bear children”. Well, the writer tells us one of the most important functions of a mother. The writer says these are the things his mother taught him. In Hebrew, the word for teaching is,”yasar”. Yasar is a verb, and it means to discipline, chasten, or correct. The mother is the child’s first teacher, which makes sense because the child spends the most of their time with the mother usually. I say,”usually”, because I know this situation is not realistic to every family. I know for several years it wasn’t the case for my life, but I am a firm believer of happiness in simplicity and Torah brings us back to the basics. The first time you tell your child , “no”, you are disciplining them. As the father uses his Torah to protect us as a form of discipline. In today’s society, most women frown upon the concept of being wives and mothers. Thinking that it is a thankless role and oppressive. Psalms 127:3 tells us that children are a reward from Yah. The responsibility of grooming the next generation is a gift and should not be taken lightly. Yah has entrusted us to do this wisely. Paul also tells us that the woman will be saved though child bearing, (1 Tim. 2:15). But it really should say, child rearing, because any mammal can bear children, but it takes a special woman to properly rear them. Through out verses 4-9, the mother is chastising her son and telling him how to do his job ( as king). To be continued…. Suggested Reading:Proverbs 31, Psalms 127:3-5, 1 Tim. 2:15