Been reading proverbs lately, and came across this little inspired bit of prophecy that just seems out of place. I’m sure I read it before, but it didn’t cause me to pause as it did this time. I suppose that’s why we keep reading, every time we read we see things we missed before.
The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This manʼs utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.” I did some quick study this morning, and apparently we have no idea who this Agur son of Jakeh is. Nor do we know who Ithiel is. Whoever Agur son if Jakeh is, he got himself a whole chapter in the bible – so good to him!
He says he is weary, but he can prevail. Reading the rest of the chapter, I believe he is telling us that he can only prevail by relying on and submitting to his God, Yahweh. I am reminded of the words of Jesus here – ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One. A glaring contrast to Solomon here, who claimed for himself the title of the wisest man ever to live. This author claims no authority of his own, not human authority or authority from God.
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? The author here is clearly showing the lack of all human wisdom compared to the wisdom of God. We see similar statements in the book of Job in chapters 38-41, then later from Isaiah in chapter 40 – “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” Isaiah 40:12-14 NIV. We don’t reveal things to God, He reveals them to us. All that we understand, it is only as He has chosen to reveal things to us. The more we learn, the more it is clear we are only learning how great the designs of God truly are.
What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! Let’s be honest, this is what stopped me while reading this passage. Where did this come from? Who is this Agur son of Jakeh?? What has he stumbled upon here? In speaking of God’s great and awe inspiring power, just what is His name? “ …I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘ I am has sent me to you.’ ” Exodus 3:14 NIV. He is the great I AM, and just who is His son? Surely you know!! “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacobʼs descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”” Luke 1:32-33 NIV. He is the great I AM, and His son is Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, suffered under Pilate, was crucified, buried on Friday, and raised on Sunday, proving for all time that He was indeed the Son of the Most High God!!
“The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This manʼs utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail. Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One. Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!