Proverbs 30

Proverbs 30 begins telling us these are “the words of Agar son of Jakeh”.  The chapter seems to be a collection of proverbs written by an unknown sage who ws a student of wisdom.  No one knows who the names referred to in this chapter are.  There is some speculation that they in fact refer to Solomon himself.  The name “agur” means ‘gathered’ and some think it a fancy name for Solomon.  Whatever the case, this is a collection of a variety of proverbs, many being collections of things that define an outcome.

The author seems to speak about the reality that the more he learns about God and His ways, the more he sees how little he truly knows.  It’s hard work to try and keep up with God’s wisdom.  “The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out”.  Walking faithfully with God is not a simple task, and teaching others God’s ways is even more difficult.  Wisdom is a gift from God, but it isn’t an easy and simple gift.  The writer here feels overwhelmed with the task.  “Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One”.  As wise as he is, he still feels completely inadequate.

He doesn’t lose sight of the reality that God is truth. “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him”.  While depending on human insight and knowledge is mere speculation, when we put our trust in God’s Word we have divine revelation.  It is always true and right.  We can depend on it.  And it is complete, lacking nothing.  “Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar”.  Nothing else is needed to make it all we will ever need.  If we only read and heed it, we’ll be able to walk faithfully with God.

One piece of wisdom has to do with being content.  Greed keeps us from contentment.  When is enough, enough?  “The leech has two daughters: Give and Give”.  The writer uses a leech to point out the impact of unbridled greed.  It will hand on forever.  Unfortunately it demonstrates the truth of the human heart around money and stuff in many instances.  No matter how much people accumulate, they never seem to truly have enough.  We must learn to be satisfied and rather than attach ourselves to the pursuit of stuff, we need to rest in God and His provision.

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