Reading: Proverbs 30:1-33
The final two chapters are each written by a different author: chapter 30 by Agur and 31 by King Lemuel. We know very little about these two. Some have argued that Agur is a nickname for Solomon, or a descendant of Ishmael or even a gentile from a tribe in Northwest Arabia known as ‘Massa’ (that is what ‘oracle’ sounds like in Hebrew). However, it is much more likely that Agur is a part of Solomon’s court, one of his students and that this is an oracle, a prophecy.
For me, Jesus is so clearly revealed in verses 1-5 that it takes my breath away. Agur asks, who has ascended into heaven and who has come down? (4). Jesus says a similar thing of himself to Nicodemus (John 3:13). Verse 4 speaks of him involved in creation. Finally, the rhetorical question Agur asks, ‘What is his name, and what is his son’s name?’ is amazing, since the obvious answer is that God is the only one who controls the wind and the waters. Who then is his Son? We can answer with great confidence, we know him-it’s Jesus!
Knowing him is the supreme wisdom. We might be the most intelligent person on earth yet not know him, and therefore lack wisdom. Alternatively, we may be like ‘Winnie the Pooh’, of ‘very little brain’, but know Jesus and be wise beyond measure! There is a huge difference between ‘knowing about’ Jesus and ‘knowing Jesus’. One is remote, academic and detached; the other is personal, vivacious and vital.
Blaise Pascal was a mathematical genius. He knew of Jesus, but did not know him. In fact he spent years running from God. On November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, at the age of 31, Pascal met Jesus and was profoundly and unshakeably converted to Him. He wrote down his experience on a piece of parchment and sewed it into his coat where it was found after his death eight years later. It said,
Year of grace 1654, Monday 23 November, feast of St. Clement . . . from about half past ten at night to about half an hour after midnight, FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of philosophers and scholars. Certitude, heartfelt joy, peace. God of Jesus Christ. God of Jesus Christ. “My God and your God.” . . . Joy, Joy, Joy, tears of joy. . . Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ. May I never be separated from him.
Do you know him?
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40 NIV 1984)
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4 NIV)
Father, I thank you that you love me so much that you have shown me Jesus. Thank you that you have given me your Spirit, that I might know him day by day. May I see him more clearly, follow him more nearly and love him more dearly. Today I will give thanks because of him and will sing praise to him. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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