Sunday, September 11, 2011

Proverbs 25:1-3 commentary; God's heart is unsearchable

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 actually spoke three thousand proverbs (1 Kings 4:32) although many of them apparently were not written under the inspiration of God but under his own wisdom or that of his scribes who did the actually writing so the Holy Spirit did not include them in the Bible. The following are some that Hezekiah’s scribes copied. Now, to the modern Bible corrector I ask, would these copies of copies be as certifiable as “given by inspiration” as the much vaunted and missing originals? They would according to Job 32:8;

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

As would Jeremiah’s words which included more words than the originals did;

Jeremiah 36:32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.

And, to those people who think they are actually smarter than God, so would Paul’s letters, which were given by inspiration, not dictation.

2Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

The problem with scholars called the Scriptures “God breathed” rather than “given by inspiration” is that, on the surface, “God breathed” seems to imply word for word dictation and approval by God with the very words being doctrine for someone; even the words of the villains in the Book, the good guys who are in error, and people like Job’s friends, whose reasoning God condemns, Paul’s disobedience reported by Luke in Acts, or his opinion from his very own words. God wanting you to know something for your edification is not the same as God wanting you to emulate something for your sanctification.

Many Greek to English dictionaries simply give the translation of the Greek word in 2 Timothy as being “inspired by God” including Diury’s modern Greek dictionary and most of the older Lexicons such as Liddel and Scott’s, Thayer’s, and others (although this isn’t a recommendation for them, by any means, just a statement of fact.) “Given by inspiration” understanding the verses I’ve pointed out as to how God works is a much better rendering for your understanding than “God breathed”.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

The statement here, in reflection of God Himself, shows that, as there is more knowledge in heaven and earth than man will ever find out, no apologies to those poor, demented souls who elevate the scientific method as potentially being able, with time, to acquire all knowledge and that if it can’t be known by science then it is simply a myth, a fable, or a lie. The kings had many things to contend with, many complicated matters of Law and statecraft, of foreign relations and justice, and the common man could not understand all they had to deal with. So it is with God, through the Lord, Jesus Christ, creating and maintaining the universe and all that is, much of which we don’t know and never will until we are in glory.

From the smallest molecular function to the greatest movement of a star, whatever a star really is, Christ’s work is evident.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

As the heaven’s high above and the earth below, God’s heart is unsearchable. There are many things we are given to know but many more things we never will. I am all for using science to uncover our world and to improve our lives but I am referring to science, not “science, falsely so called” as in 1 Timothy 6:20 where knowledge is claimed about things that science has no ability to “attain unto” or “apprehend”, as the Bible says in Philippians 3. I am reminded of the 2004 Great Earthquake and Tsunami where the press reported that the rotation of the earth was changed and as I studied more closely I read geologists who mocked that statement saying we have no such instruments so delicate as to measure that and that it is a supposition based on a computer model and notoriously inaccurate guesses based on a laser bounced off the moon.

I realize I sound like a Postmodernist here and I do it gladly. There are many things you will never know in this life. If you would just act on what you did know and stop worrying about the other things you’d have a much better time of it.

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