An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Is It Jesus or Not?

(Proverbs 30:4 KJV)  Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

When I reread this I again see a reference to Jesus as creator and maintainer.  I like that picture but a word of caution is in order about how we interpret verses like this.  In looking for verification of my opinion I read what Adam Clarke had to say over two hundred years ago.
“Many are of opinion that Agur refers here to the first and second persons of the everblessed Trinity. It may be so; but who would venture to rest the proof of that most glorious doctrine upon such a text, to say nothing of the obscure author?”
His advice is to be careful to make too much of a case that is weak but interesting.  That is good advice.

We should be reading and meditating.  If we find something that is encouraging for the day or gives us insight into an issue we face, well and good.  The Holy Spirit can lead and encourage.  While that is acceptable, be careful about making sweeping doctrinal statements based on what you want to see.  It is sometimes a subtle path to walk but it can be done. 

So?  Treat the Bible like a living book that is based on unchangeable truth not a contemporary text that has situational truths.  Let it speak to you but understand what its foundations are.

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