Hey, welcome back to A Message for the Messenger! Today’s post is a little different, due only to the fact that Proverbs 30 is laid out differently than most other chapters in Proverbs.
I’m going to start in verses 1-3: “The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail. Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained knowledge of the Holy One.” Here we see him speaking of his ignorance of spiritual understanding. He knows nothing about the Holy One. But he wants to. Look at verse 4: “Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered the winds? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and who is his son? Surely You know!” He knows what He will do when He comes, but God has kept from Agur and everyone else the name of Him.
Now look at 5-6: “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” I like the fact that He will not only correct you, but He will also show you the points in which you fell.
8-9 are awesome: “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise. I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” I love his loyalty to God here. He does something about it, too! He wants just enough so that he doesn’t get too greedy or needy.
Look at 12: “Those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;” (see verse 14 for conclusion) I think this has a few possible explanations:they think they’re saved but they’re not, they think they’ve cleared up a matter between them and someone else but they haven’t, etc. These are just a few.
Here’s 21-23: “Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up: A servant who becomes king, a godless fool who has plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.” Look at the first thing: a servant who becomes king. This is because with the servant’s inadequate training, he won’t know how to run a kingdom. 2.) A godless fool who gets plenty to eat. This fool doesn’t appreciate the abundant food he’s been blessed with. He doesn’t think about how he’s blessed not to be like the beggar at his house’s gate. 3.) A contemptible woman who gets married. The woman who has no respect for her husband is a thing God hates. Who’s running the house? 4.) A servant who displaces her mistress. How awful for a master to serve a servant. Here Agur is, I think, stressing the importance of acknowledging your role 1., 2., & 4.
Look at 32-33: “If you play the fool and exalt yourself or if you plan evil, clap your hand over your mouth! For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” Strife is an angry or violent dispute between two people. So stirring up anger never leads to anything good. But it does lead to strife, destruction, and hurt.
God bless y’all’s week!