Monday, September 26, 2016

True Feminine Beauty Hides Herself In The Innermost Parts Of His House

"Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of thy house." 
Psalm 128:3a (ASV)

In the age of super self-promotion and exposure, the true feminine beauty hides herself in the innermost parts of His house. Instead of seeking fame and worldly attention, it quietly withdraws herself from the noisy outside courts and goes into the hidden room where she would enjoy a sweet communion with Him, Her beloved bridegroom.

"In Thy presence is fulness of joy!", she exclaimed.

The true feminine beauty is like a secret garden, a hidden fruitful vine, where a maiden-like bashfulness, shamefacedness and reservedness are its inner adornments.

It needs real courage and complete decisiveness to go this way and dwell in its beauty in this century. It also needs faith and paradigm shift of our values in order to find the key to enter this secret garden. O that our whole beings would be enchanted by our King of kings now and forever! 

written by Kinuko


Anonymous said...

These value is so different from the way of thinking of modern world.Self promotion is so common,often required in our daily life nowadays.

If we do not express our opinion actively,some may think that we are fatuous.And if we stay at home as a wife,mother,helper for family,or if we do not have well-paid job,other may think that we are lacking in abilities.
In many countries,this reality seems to exist.

Talking about biblical womanhood is so encouraging.Thank you for this article.


Kinuko H said...

"If we do not express our opinion actively, some may think that we are fatuous."

Very insightful comment, Sanae! When I entered the liberal arts bilingual college in Tokyo, there I encountered totally different culture for the first time in my life. In that highly-westernized (in a secular sense) atmosphere, we were encouraged to express our opinions clearly, logically, powerfully and that in a very persuasive way. Japanese shyness/bashfulness were considered negatively as being "inactive" or "passive" in class participation. (By the way, this college is one of the most famous feminist/liberal-theology-dominated universities in Japan.)

Last night, I was pondering the traditional adjectives which indicate feminine beauty in a Japanese context such as;

奥ゆかしい [okuyukashii] = graceful, elegant, refined, modest, cultivated, reserved, restrained.

淑やか [shito-yaka] = modest, gentle, polite, ladylike, sophisticated

優美 [yu-bi] = graceful,dainty, delicate, beautiful, elegant, refined, exquisite

I wonder if these attributes are also connected with biblical womanhood.

Anonymous said...

Yes.I think they can be.I think that these virtues must be seen among godly women who have Christ
in every nation!


Kinuko H said...

Oh, thank you for your insight, Sanae! If you have some more thoughts about this theme, please share with me! with love, Kinuko

Anonymous said...

I remember the word たおやか(taoyaka,meaning graceful).This is also Japanese traditional expression for admitting women's virtue.We do not use this word to men.

Traditional womanhood may not mean always biblical one,but we can still find that people in ancient time found definite difference between men and women.
I think that other languages also have such kind of expressions!


Kinuko H said...

Wonderful insight, Sanae. たおやか(taoyaka)-oh, what a beautiful word it is! I really want to be a woman who has "taoyaka-ness".

"Traditional womanhood may not mean always biblical one..." Yes, you are so right. In fact, I've been thinking about this issue and wondered how we--who were born and raised up in a pagan culture--should think of our "good" traditional culture such as female modesty, gracefulness, obedience, quietness, dedication, simplicity etc. Should we reject them all together because, after all, these were derived from pagan roots? Or could we take and adapt some into our biblical womanhood? But,,,by doing so, do we risk ourselves to cause some form of unhealthy "syncretism"?

David Yamamoto said...

Hi Kinuko, it's David from Japan. As I meditated on the Psalm, I came up with the thought like below:

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of thy house. (ASV, Psalm128:3)

In the Bible, a vine represents the true Israel, to which Jesus refers as Himself in John 15:1. And in the same passage, we see the Father trimming the vine so that it will be “a fruitful vine.”

In the days of the Old Testament, the word “house” represented the temple of God, a place where He dwells. And “the innermost parts of thy house” reminds us of the Holy of Holies, the innermost part of the temple of God.

Therefore, there’s a possibility that the writer of this Psalm might liken a good wife as the true Israel, who is a fruitful vine, worshiping God at the the innermost part of the temple.

If that’s the case, we could also take the wife as the Church, the wife/bride of Christ, who worships Him in the Holy of Holies as a fruitful vine.

Kinuko H said...

Thank you so much, brother David! I was very impressed. In Christ, Kinuko