Proverbs 30: King James Bible
Words of Agur – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verse 1-4
1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 4 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?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Words of Agur
Let’s take some time to recognize our new vessel of the Word of the Lord.
The words of King Solomon have now ended with chapter 29. Here we kick off a new chapter with a new vessel of authorship. Immediately we see that there is a stark difference in the style of delivery in the text.
However, the words of Agur were just as important to the Father for us to receive, and for him to preserve throughout the ages. We shouldn’t think any differently of these writings than we did with Solomon’s.
Agur introducing Himself
What I mean is, yes, Solomon was the wisest man who had ever walked the face of the earth in those days (and aside from Christ, maybe since). But I believe that the Lord left the last couple of chapters to others for a good reason.
To show a continuity of his wisdom being purveyed by different people. We’ve got a man in King Solomon on the one hand, who has directly been given wisdom and understanding by the Father, up close and personal. On the other hand, we’ve got Agur, who starts off this chapter telling us how he has neither wisdom, understanding or knowledge of God Almighty.
In other words, he’s giving us an introduction to himself. “Hi, my name’s Agur, my father is Jakeh, and if you didn’t know, I’m not King Solomon, nor have I been endowed with the gifts that he had enjoyed. So don’t expect me to be wise like him, nor to have the same abundance of understanding, nor knowledge of the Lord as he had.” At least that’s my opinion on the first couple of verses.
Solomon is Solomon, Agur is Agur
However, some people believe that this is King Solomon incognito. Why people would think this I haven’t got a clue to be perfectly honest, but it is a popular view. Ecclesiastes is known to have been by Solomon, but in that the author is only known as “the Preacher.”
But his father was still introduced to the reader as the same as Solomon (King David), he didn’t come up with a new dad. Above, the author is telling us not only his name, but what his father’s name is. Right off the bat I’m willing to believe that these are the words of Agur, a much different person than Solomon.
It is important for us to understand this, because I believe that the Father is making a point by using different people to complete this compilation of wisdom we call the book of Proverbs. That point is that you can be the wisest, richest, and most powerful king upon all the earth and be a purveyor of the wisdom of the Lord, or none of the above, and still be a fit vessel to be a purveyor of the wisdom of the Lord.
Holy Spirit at Work
Solomon didn’t receive all of those gifts from the Father because he was king. But because of the humbleness of heart, and meekness he displayed before the Lord concerning the responsibility of taking rule over a great people. The first few verses of this chapter is Agur describing how he sees himself, displaying that same manner of humility and meekness to his brethren.
I believe that this is very important to note. This shows that despite the different outward appearances, class, and circumstances, both of their hearts were made available to the Father.
The Holy Spirit is at work in the words of Agur just as much as he is through the words of Solomon. Two separate people, different set of circumstances, one source of wisdom, one Heavenly Father.
I believe that the Holy Ghost has left his mark early in this chapter, to grant us today, and for the past two thousand years, evidence of his authorship behind whoever he’s chosen to take up the pen. That piece of evidence is found in the fourth verse.
Agur is elaborating on things that he personally doesn’t have an answer for. Look at the line of questioning here, and you tell me who he’s referring to. Pretty easy to answer in those days, of course it’s the Father.
But he throws a left hook at the readers in the final section of his question. “What is his son’s name?”
Now we can understand why this chapter starts off the way it does. Why he starts with “the prophecy.”
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended?
We know that the Father can do this. However, we also know that Jesus did this. He ascended up into heaven on the third day, then soon thereafter he descended to join back up with his apostles. He did this a few times actually.
Who hath gathered the wind in his fists?
The Father is perfectly capable of this, after all, it is his creation. But we also see Jesus doing this when he calmed the winds and waves.
Who hath bound the waters in a garment?
Throughout the Bible we see examples of the Father manipulating water. Jesus did the same when he ceased the storm as mentioned above, but also when he walked on water and allowed Peter to do the same.
Who hath established all the ends of the earth?
The book of Genesis we learn that the God created the heavens and the earth, and all that existed upon it. The first chapter of John tells us that nothing was made without Jesus.
What is his name?
The Lord told Moses to head into Egypt under the authority of “I AM.” And if anyone asked who sent him, his answer was “I AM.” When Jesus was questioned mockingly whether or not he was around to see Abraham, his answer was, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”
And what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?
Woops… That’s something that isn’t clearly answered in the Old Testament books, because he had not yet entered as a man bearing a given name. But we know his Son’s name, his name is Jesus in English vernacular, Yeshua in the Hebrew.
The Holy Ghost placed this line of questioning to aid people in understanding, prove that he is at the helm concerning the words of Agur just as he was with Solomon, and to further point to Jesus as the Christ.
It should have been a calling card for those who were alive in the days of Jesus, but their eyes were dimmed to his reality. This is pointed out in many places in the New Testament.
Only by the Spirit of the Lord were things fully revealed and understood concerning Jesus being God in the flesh. Jesus said to the scribes and the pharisees that they searched through all the scriptures to find eternal life, yet the very same testified of him.
I believe that the intro to this verse is one of those circumstances, testifying of the Lord Jesus.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 5: King James Bible
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
41 I receive not honor from men. 42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
John 8: King James Bible
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
2 Peter 1: King James Bible
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Thank you for your Word, and for the mysteries that are revealed inside it. Thank you for a pleasant surprise every day that we open your Word and feast upon it, strengthening our faith, our spirits, and our knowledge of you. We know that in days gone by your Spirit dwelt with us, but now in Christ your Spirit dwells inside of us. Please aid us in our understanding as it would relate to giving space for your Spirit to do his work, instead of us getting in the way and stifling what he is trying to accomplish in our lives, and through us. Thank you Father, and these things we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Though the writing style behind the words of Agur is different than those of Solomon, can you see the same flow or continuity at work?
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