Big Hill Bible Studies
23 July 2018 Entry
This proverb begins, "The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle." This is not Solomon writing here. Note how Agur continues, "Surely I am more stupid than any man, and I do not have the understanding of a man." This is pretty profound to me. Here is a man who openly admits he does not understand much of what and / or why people do what they do. I wonder in this reading if he is being sarcastic or solemn. Can you openly say you don't understand people? I know I don't understand most of what people do when placed alongside what we know we should do, what we are taught to do, and what we know is right to do. Paul himself, in Romans 7 questioned a lot of his own actions and inactions. Perhaps it is the wisest of people who recognize what we do confounds rationale and the common knowledge of what is right and what is wrong.
Look to the questions he asks in verse 4, the comments he makes in verses 5 and 6, the request he makes in verses 7-9. I do not see the rantings of a stupid fool, but the searching of a man seeking truth and guidance. It is an eye opening read to follow his observations throughout the rest of the chapter and ponder his observations, questions, and statements. Agur is teaching us in a way that (to me) challenges us to be honest with ourselves. How much of the confusing culture do we allow to go right past us without asking a question, or seeing a "red flag"? Could we be better people if we were to say, "Wait, what are you doing?" or "Why do I allow myself to let this go without questioning why?" What if we were to say "No" more often and stop the compromising and the tolerance? Let's look to Agur for some motivation in our lives and question the stupidity of our actions and inactions. Let "begin to stop the madness" of accepting the culture and begin to live for the Lord and His purpose for our lives.
Let me know what you think.