In Proverbs 9 the way of wisdom and the way of folly are positioned against one another as two feasts. When we remember the garden scene of Eden we remember that God graciously and abundantly gives to the man every tree of the garden to eat from... except one. God offered a bountiful harvest. All were welcome to the feast. But the serpent tempted the woman to steal from the one tree from which they were banned.
The way of wisdom is a banquet hall where all are invited and fullness of life is offered. The simple and the wise alike can gather in this place a share a luxurious feast. The way of folly offers a far lower quality meal with death as the result.
The Israelites were known for their feasts. Their year was ordered around the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Isaiah 55:1 invites
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.”
Jesus was known for hanging out a grand dinner parties, even to the point of derision (Matt 11:19). He turned a wedding that was short on supplies into a festive occasion (John 2). He made claims about feasting that stumped his opponents (John 6:53). He looked forward to the day of a special feast (Matt 26:29) and we look forward with him to a future party (Rev 19:6-9).
Indeed, the way of wisdom is the way of the Lord. It is the way of Jesus that comes from Him and through Him. It is an invitation for all to enjoy a great feast in life and in eternity. We are invited to live into this hope for ourselves and to invite others to join us!
A shepherd and his journey