Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 25:1-3”

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Interacting With: The Lord: Proverbs 25:1-3
1) These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2) [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.
3) The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.

Solomon now shares with us teachings on how to interact in others in many, various walks of life…


1) These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
Solomon reaffirms for us the authorship of this section of Scripture…
1.  These Proverbs come originally from Solomon who was led by the Spirit of the Lord.
2.  These Proverbs, approx. 200 years later, are rewritten by men who had been commissioned by King Hezekiah.

Here, we can see several important points for us to consider:
1.  Proverbs through a King.  Helping us to recognize the great authority behind these Proverbs.  They originated with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and were handed down through the highest authority in the land of Israel.   Although, the Israelites did not see the Lord give these Proverbs, unlike the Ten Commandments, the Lord used the highest human authority possible to reveal His Word to them. Illustrating the great authority that they possess.
2.  The great value of these Proverbs, was recognized by the highest authority in the land of Israel.  This is why, over two hundred years later, King Hezekiah saw the need to have them copied down for his own use and those who would follow him.

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;   (Proverbs 1:1)

2) [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.
1.  God acts independently and answers to no one.  It is to the praise and honor of the Lord, for Him to keep His counsel and motives covered and unknowable by man. 
2.  However, human kings answer to the Lord for their decisions.  Therefore, it brings praise and honor to them to not act independently, but to seek out God’s will for their decisions through His Word and the Godly counselors around them.

Instead of making decisions on their own, earthly kings should interact with the Lord by seeking counsel from Him.  They should recognize it is not within them to make proper decisions but will only be through the gracious intervention of the Lord in their lives.  Their willingness to submit to the perfect counsel of the All-knowing God brings praise and honor to them.

In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.  And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day.  And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I [am but] a little child: I know not [how] to go out or come in.  And thy servant [is] in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.   (1 Kings 3:5-12)

3) The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.
Three things cannot be found out by humans…
1.  The height of the heavens
2.  The depth of the earth
3.  The king’s heart (his motives, plans)

The motives and plans made by a King are very rarely revealed to others.  They understand that, to be an effective leader, many times they must reveal their intent very slowly to their people.  Only revealing their plans when the people’s trust in them has grown and they are ready to accept and agree with them.  Also, if they reveal too much of their plans, it will be inevitable that their enemies will find out overcome them.

Please note vs 2 and 3 do not contradict themselves.  Although the human king should not, and cannot, hide their plans from the Lord, they have every right to use their discretion in revealing their plans to those they rule over.  The issue is not whether the King SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT reveal their plans, it is TO WHOM are they obligated to reveal their plans.

For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.   (Isaiah 55:8-11)


When it comes to human kings interacting with the Lord we find three basic principles:
1.  They are to look to the Lord for guidance and direction in their planning.
2.  They are obligated to be in willful submission to the Lord’s will and be willingly transparent before Him.
3.  They are not obligated to reveal all their plans to their subjects.  They are to only reveal plans when the revelation of them will not aid their enemies and when the subjects have hearts prepared to accept them.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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