Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
aleph. = the ox, symbol of domesticated strength.
The ox from which all domestic cattle are thought to be derived, was for man a great source of harnessed strength. It is used to depict the strength of God's throne in Ezekiel 1;10 etc. Virtue = strength under control.
THE ABLE WOMAN WHO CAN FIND? - so great a source of strength to man. Eliezer found her at the well. Boaz found her at his feet. Both accounts we are afforded in which to glimpse something of the preciousness of our call to the fellowship, the sharing of His Son. So important it was to Abraham that the right choice be made, the right woman found for the son of his love. Can we begin to sense, in that weight of responsibility laid upon his faithful servant, something of the great importance of the divine choice and selection in this present age? There can be no room for mistake. She must be right, exactly right, for that One Who now inherits all things, in Whom all the promises of God are positive and sure, Yea, and Amen.
PRECIOUS MORE THAN RUBIES. The mission of the age is not in vain. He has found Him a wife, a woman whose qualities of character and purity are after the likeness of her Creator (Col 3;10). He has revealed her worth to Him in the bride price He has paid.. in the ruby-like precious drops of her Redeemer's blood. Can any human husband love his wife "as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Eph 5;25-27) The able woman.. her first great feat of ability.. just to believe, just to say, "I will go with this man".(Gen 24;58) And as she thus walked with him, and as we walk in the spirit, to that faith is added.. virtue.. the character of full spiritual strength and ability in Christ. (Ruth 2;12,13. 3;10,11.)