* I am re-posting today’s devotional thought because it is central to our faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ. Although taken from the Book of Proverbs, it is a statement of the majesty of God. I hope you might mind it worthy of forwarding to others.
I approach today’s proverb with some fear and trepidation because of mine own inadequacy to address in a few brief thoughts the majesty of our Triune God—the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
You may want to take a few minutes and put Proverbs 30 in its proper context by reading the earlier devotional on Proverbs 30:1-3, dated January 30, 2014. Unlike the earlier chapters in Proverbs, chapter 30 is “the prophecy”, not of Solomon, but of a man of God named Agur and addressed to two acquaintances (Proverbs 30:1). Agur confessed what all men should acknowledge—his woeful ignorance of the Eternal God apart from the revelation of God (Proverbs 30:2-3).
Pondering the majesty of God Who is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Sovereign of His creation, Agur writes:
Proverbs 30:4 – “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?”
Rather than propose my own feeble thoughts in answer to these great questions, I will allow the Word of God to answer them for us in today’s devotion.
The first question, “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended?” (30:4a) is answered by Christ Himself in John 3:13.
John 3:13 – “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”
“The Son of Man”, a title favored by Jesus for Himself, is the only One who has knowledge of heaven and earth. Several other New Testament verses establish that Proverbs 30:4a speaks of Christ (Hebrews 1:2; John 6:33, 51; 16:28).
The Sovereignty of God over His creation is the subject of the following questions from Proverbs 30:4b.
Proverbs 30:4 – “…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?…”
The God of Heaven and Earth is the Lord of Creation. Atheists have denied and humanists have attacked the fact of God as Creator down through the centuries. Some professing Christians and theorist have tried to establish common ground between the theory of evolution and the Bible account of Creation (Genesis 1; 2:1-9, 18-25)—two explanations that are mutually exclusive! I will allow the Word of God to speak for itself.
John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Job 28:24-25 – “For He [God] looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 25 To make the weight for the winds; and He [God] weigheth the waters by measure.”
The concluding question of Proverbs 30:4 is:
Proverbs 30:4 – “…What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?”
Entire libraries could be filled with books dedicated to a study of the names of God and their meanings; however, for the sake of brevity I will conclude with an answer to the above question from the Book of Revelation:
Revelation 19:11-13 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. 13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.”