Proverbs 25:1-17 | “Too” Parts of Truth

by | Jun 5, 2021

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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)

Thinking about the verse above might give you a headache, especially since the two ideas seem to be opposites. People often get into arguments about this-or-that, X-or-Y, soda A-or-soda B, or any kind of issue about an idea, when they might actually be both correct (or both wrong). In this example:

Godʻs glory – mystery of the universe (conceal a matter)
Kingʻs glory – investigate truth (reveal a matter)

The end results (in parentheses) are opposite, but itʻs because it involves different actors! Imagine a scenario where a ʻscientist-kingʻ does research and discovers an incredible medical breakthrough. Praise God for the diligence and smarts to get the job done! In the process, the scientist-king finds out that there are chemical reactions and substances that he COMPLETELY doesnʻt understand. Praise God for His miraculous creation! At face value, verse 2 seems contradictory but it simply illustrates two aspects of the same truth.

The next time you find yourself disagreeing (not just about theology, but other issues, too), pause and consider if youʻre simply looking at something from a different perspective. You might find you both agree on the same core truth, or idea, because itʻs not always one-or-the other but it might be both/and, too. Always, always, always go to the Bible and see what truth, knowledge, and wisdom you can apply to the situation. There are definitely times when you need to explain and proclaim truth (Jude 3:3, 2 Tim 4:2) but in all cases, listen before you speak (James 1:19), carefully consider perspectives before you pass judgement (Prov 18:17), and let’s love one another and give glory to God in the words we speak and the grace we offer to others (2 Tim 2:24).

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