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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

The Proverbs Of Agur: The Word Is Impeccable: Proverbs 30:5-6

5) Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

In this chapter we may have a new author, a man by the name of Agur.  Very little is known about this man but, from the context of our text, it seems as if he is a teacher who is instructing his two students Ithiel and Ucal.

As Agur begins to share God’s Word with us, he reminds us of the exclusivity of the Word… it is perfect, all-encompassing and is exclusively backed by Divine authority.  No other teaching whether in written or verbal form can begin to compare to it.  This is why we should listen to his message very carefully…

 EXPOSITION:

5) Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Agur now shares two motivations for us to follow the Word of God that he is revealing to us.
1.  The speech of God is perfectly refined (with no error)
2.  God is a protector of those who put their confidence in him

We are to follow his teachings (and all the Word of God) because:
a.  it is a perfect message that proceeds from the One that deserves all of our worship.  Why do we owe Him our undivided devotion?  Because we owe our physical and spiritual life to Him (He is our Creator and Redeemer).
In other words, we are to follow His Word because WE OWE IT TO HIM.

b.  God is the One that meets our every need as we look to Him in faith.  One of the greatest tools He uses to supply our needs is through the teachings found in His Word.
In other words, we are to follow His Word because IT IS OF GREAT SPIRITUAL BENEFIT TO US.

6) Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Agur continues to explain the sanctity of the Word.  When this sanctity is violated there are two devastating results.
1.  Do not expand to His Word or attempt to improve it in any way
2.  He will convict, chasten and correct us
3.  We will be revealed as a deceiver

Folks, we should take great heed to this warning from Agur.  There are many dangers that await those who attempt to in any way change or augment the Word of God.  This principle is declared throughout both the Old and New Testament portions of the Word…

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.   (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Moses warned the children of Israel of the need to be certain to not change the Word in any way.  This includes adding to it or diminishing it (taking away from it or changing it).

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.   (Revelation 22:18-19)

As John penned the final book of the Bible, he brought the revelation of God to an end and gives the fateful warning to not add, nor take away from Divine revelation in its entirety.

We should never think that Agur, Moses or John’s warnings only apply to their own individual writings.  This warning is found throughout the Scriptures helping us to understand that the entire, inspired Word is included in this grave warning.

Think of it this way, if we limit this warning to the writings of the individuals who are giving the warning, we are by implication, saying that the others parts of the Bible can be added to, taken away, or changed.  These warnings are not found in every book of the Bible, therefore do we have the right to change those books?  Absolutely not.

And yet there are those who claim that the Word can be added to today. Their reasoning is that the warnings we have looked at only apply to the books of Deuteronomy, Revelation and the Proverb that Agur wrote.  Therefore, it is perfectly acceptable for them to add their own “revelation” to the mix.  How sad.

Please do not fall for their message of deceit.  When they say “God has given me a new message” or “God has revealed to me a new truth”, just rack it up to Satan, turn from the messenger of error, and turn back to the Word for Godly instruction.

Why is this warning given, and why is it such a “big deal” if we purposely change His Word?

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

In this text, we are to look to the Word is the God-given tool that would perfectly, thoroughly gives us all we need to serve the Lord in a way pleasing to Him.  From this text we can learn several different truths:

a.  The Word is a completed revelation.
If there were still portions to be revealed to man it could never result in men being described as “perfect (complete)” and “throughly (fully equipped or finished being equipped)”.  If we were waiting for the final pieces of revelation to come to us, it would be as if we are waiting for the last pieces of equipment to be supplied to us as we prepare for spiritual warfare.

(The Word was completed around 100 AD with the writing of the last Biblical book, The Revelation Of Jesus Christ which was given to the Apostle John.  From that point forward we have had the complete revelation of God given to man.  As such, we now have the ability to be throughly furnished for spiritual warfare.

b.  Since the Word is our source of “equipment” for spiritual battle we dare not add to it, take from it, or change it in any way.
If we do, we are making the equipment God has given to us less effective for our spiritual warfare.  After all, there is NO WAY we can be improving what God has given to us, therefore our “changes” must deteriorate its effectiveness.

c.  Finally, by changing His inspired Word we are, by our actions, stating that we know better than the Lord.
If we add to it, we are saying that He didn’t give us all that we need.
If we take away from it, we are saying he gave us what we did not need.
If we change it, we are calling Him a liar and we need to correct Him.

In all three of these changes, we are calling Him imperfect, sinful and beneath us.

SUMMARY:

In these verses, Agur helps us to understand the importance of his teachings (as the very Word of God) and the importance to not change God’s Word in any way. God’s Word is the perfect Word of the Lord given to equip us for spiritual warfare.

If we present untruth under the guise of the Truth, we are hindering His service and blaspheming His person and Word.   Therefore, we all must labor to come to a proper understanding of the Word and then clearly present it to others.  In doing so, we are equipping ourselves and others to be fully equipped to do the work of the Lord.

This is what Agur was doing for his students and for each one of us.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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8 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    a great Monday to you Rob!

  2. pj54 says:

    Hey Rob! Excellent post! I want you to know I am going to take it and reblog it on my blog. It re-affirms what I have been trying to say all along. (Whether you meant it to or not, I don’t know). It re-affirmed that we CAN fall from grace. That we have to continually live for God, and repent for our sins on a continual basis, not just the “one time”. Here is one of the ways which we can fall from grace.

    For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19). I was going to bold the scripture, but I couldn’t figure out how. LOL! Anyway, I really enjoyed your post. God Bless,

    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi PJ,
      If your interpretation of Rev 22:18-20 cannot be correct when kept in the context of other Scriptures on the subject. Let me share with you why.

      In 1 Peter 1:3-5 we are told…
      “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

      These verses clearly tell us it is the Lord’s power that keeps us secure to receive His eternal inheritance awaiting us. It is not our refraining from sin, nor our confession of sin that keeps us secure. This is a very important point. To say that we will lose that which God has given to us is saying that His power has failed. I am sure you agree this cannot be. The impossibility of losing our salvation based upon His great power is covered in great detail in this posting…
      https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/the-basis-of-our-security/

      Also, please don’t forget, we are clearly told our salvation is “once and for all” as well as “no one can separate us from the love of the Lord” and the same group He chose to salvation would be glorified. (see also Hebrews 7:24-27, Romans 8:29-37 etc etc) Even the phrases “eternal life” and “everlasting life” reveal this truth to us. Life cannot be eternal and everlasting if it can be lost once it is gained. There are many other verses that clearly speak to us and reveal that we are eternally secure in Him.

      When a Christian sins, they come before the Lord asking for forgiveness not because they fear the Lord will “take away His gracious gift of salvation”. It is to simply renew a right relationship with Him. Just like a human son will apologize to his Father for a wrongdoing, not because he is afraid he will be kicked out of the family and lose his inheritance, but he does it so that the relationship with his Father can be restored with no hurtful feelings separating them.

      So, when we look at the phrase “shall take away his part out of the book of life” we have to look a bit further. In Luke 8:18, the Lord Himself teaches us that “whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have” The Lord can take away that which was never possessed, but it simply APPEARED to be possessed.

      The people who appear to be knowledgeable of spiritual things, were corrupting God’s Word. They appeared to be spiritual and seeking the truth, yet they are actually lost individuals setting out to destroy the Word. How do we know they are lost? By their attempt to corrupt the Word of God.
      In the Rev 22: passage, the Lord is promising to publically going to show that they never had their names in the book of life. He is simply, in a public way, taking form them what they had never owned. This will take place at the final judgment.

      A very similar principle is shown in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

      Again, here we see that those who outwardly profess salvation and claim to have done great acts of service to the Lord will be publically rejected by Him in the last day. This will be the Lord showing us that ““whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have”
      My prayer is that you would come to a knowledge of this wonderful truth. In doing so, you can faithfully service Him out of love and appreciation, not fear, knowing that you are held secure in His love NO MATTER WHAT.

      It will recognizing the need for righteous living based upon our great appreciation of all He has done for us and wanting to please Him with our lives, all the while knowing we are secure in Him. We will not be afraid that He is an “Indian-giver” ready to take away that which He has so graciously applied when we cross the line of sin and lack of repentance.

      Lord bless you with the truth of His Word and eternal security my friend.

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    THankful that we can trust in His WOrd

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