A Study Of Proverbs 25:2 More Than Black Words On White Pages
– by Gerrie Bester
Have you ever been in that place where you feel you just don’t understand the Word of Abba Father? You read your Bible, but you feel that you have absolutely no idea what you just read or what it means? Reading your Bible feels like swimming though a lake of murky water, not really seeing where you are heading or what Abba Father is trying to tell you? I have most certainly had a ‘swim’ in such lake of confusion.
My own misconceptions
I vividly remember the days before I was saved when I would read the Bible to soothe my own conscience. Sometimes I would even fall asleep while reading the Bible, but at least I read a Scripture, right? If the Bible is the Word of God, which it is, then reading or studying His Word means He speaks to us, right? How could I ever build a covenant relationship with someone if I don’t understand what they are saying to me or trying to tell me? That would be impossible. The Word of Abba Father says that it is an honour for His children to search out His Word. Are we walking in that honour?
Do you understand Proverbs 25:2?
One of the texts that I would like to highlight, and this verse was murky water to me at a stage, is Proverbs 25:2! It says: “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” What on earth does this mean? Looking at the Hebrew picture of this Scripture, an amazing gem emerges from His treasure chest of divine revelation, His Word.
Look at the Hebrew roots
The word ‘glory’ used in this verse is the Hebrew word “Kavod” or “Kavad” – which means the glory, honour, or reverence of someone. This word also means abundance or riches of someone. That which is of utmost value. The Hebrew word translated as the word ‘conceal’ used here is the word “Sa’tar”, which means to carefully hide or carefully cover. Cover what? Reading further we see the word ‘thing’ which is the Hebrew word “Davar” – meaning speech, words, or an uttered message. But listen to this precious creation of Abba Father: this word also means that which is declared, promised, or an instruction spoken.
What was God saying?
So, pondering on the first part of this Scripture, we see that Abba Father says that it is His honour and reverence to carefully hide or cover the words or instructions He has uttered. The question is, why would He want to carefully cover His uttered word? Let us continue.
Unpacking the Scripture
The Scripture says it is the glory (which we know, is the picture of honour, reverence, abundance, and riches) of kings to search out a matter. ‘Kings’ is the Hebrew word “Melech”, which means to reign, to be inducted into royalty. This Hebrew word is literally an action of someone being ushered into royalty when making a covenant. The words ‘search out’ is the Hebrew word “Chakar”, which means to examine thoroughly, to explore intimately, or to press in, in order to find out / receive the picture of revelation. The word ‘matter’ is the same Hebrew word for thing, which is the word “Davar”, meaning an “uttered message”.
God has promises in His Word for you
Combing these pictures, we see that Abba Father says that He carefully hides or covers His message, words, and promises so that those who are inducted or ushered into royalty (born again believers) will press in to explore His Word intimately, and in this will discover true reverence and revelation. This will also be the true abundance and riches in the lives of these believers, receiving revelations from the heart of Abba Father. In other words, for me to experience true abundance and riches in life is to press in and explore promises and revelation that Abba Father has in His Word for me. All else becomes of lesser importance when hearing the King of kings speak to us. This is so amazing!
A deep hunger and craving for the Word
The Word of God was dead to me until I became a covenant child of His. Then, because my spirit became alive when I was reborn, I had a deep hunger and I sought the face of Abba Father who is Spirit (John 4:24). This is why Paul says: “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:10. This continues in verse 14: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Studying Hebrew helps with Bible understanding
All of a sudden, a Scripture like Philippians 3:7 makes so much more sense, as Paul realised that this true abundance and the riches in his life that were important to him, all of a sudden became worthless when he compared it to meeting Christ. May we hunger for His Word and discover the reverence, abundance, and riches of life in Him!