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

 

The Proverbs Of Agur: The Desires Of Agur: Proverbs 30:7-10

7) Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die:
8) Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9) Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].
10) Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

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.

EXPOSITION:

Agur now explains the desires of his heart in an effort to set an example for each one of us…

7) Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die:
1.  Agur brought before the Lord two requests that could only be fulfilled by the Lord
2.  He then asked the Lord to bestow both of these requests upon him prior to his death.

a.  We can see in this text that Agur understood his great need of the Lord in his life.  Agur recognized that only the Lord could give him what he was requesting, he was unable to supply these things for himself.
b.  Secondly, we can see that he was a patient man who understood the Lord blesses in His timing not ours.  Agur was willing to wait his entire lifetime for the Lord to answer his request.  His only desire was to see the Lord’s blessings come upon him before his passing.

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”  (Acts 17:27-28)

8) Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
The two requests of Agur:
1. drive away from me worthlessness and deceitfulness
2. bestow upon me the proper supplies that will be properly measured to fill my needs (I am not asking to be kept in a condition of want nor am I asking for overflowing wealth )

Agur desired of the Lord both spiritual and physical supplies:

1.  Spiritually, he was asking the Lord to make his life count in his service and allow him to live honestly life.
“Vanity” means worthlessness, waste, or nothingness.  He is saying that he wanted to be kept from wasting his life by chasing after worthless, spiritually valueless pursuits, or creating a worthless testimony through deceitful living.

2.  Physically, he was asking the Lord to meet his material needs (to avoid excessive need or excessive wealth).  Why didn’t Agur desire great wealth?
He knew that great wealth opens up great avenues of temptation, which when submitted to, can lead to a wasted life of carnal living.

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”   (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

 

9) Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].
Why didn’t Agur desire great wealth or desire poverty?  He knew that evils would come from either…
1.  If he has an abundance of wealth, he will be perfectly satisfied and deny the role of the Lord in his life.  He will think himself to be self-sufficient with no need of Him.
2.  If he lives in a constant state of need and lack, he will be tempted to take the belongings of others and curse the Lord for not meeting his needs.

We can see, in all of this, that Agur’s true desire was to please the Lord with his life.  He knew a big part of his success would be based on the avoidance of temptations that can lead to sin and a ruined testimony.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”   (Matthew 6:13)

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.”  (Matthew 26:41)

10) Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
As Agur begins to teach, he reminds us of the ill effects of being over-critical of others…
1.  do not slander a bond servant
2.  he may wish evil to come upon you and bring disrespect upon you through his speech and actions
3.  this will cause others to find fault with you as well.
How can we apply to the previous verses in this text?  This is another desire of his heart.  As he taught the Word, he desired for his students to look at their own lives and their need of the truths of God.

Agur knew how easy it is for us to hear God’s Word and then apply the principles, in fleshly way, to find fault in lives of others.  This can make us feel better about our own shortcomings.  But as Agur taught, he desired for his students to hear his words and seek to apply them to their own lives.  He did not want the teachings of the Lord to be used to make carnal, critical, false judgments based upon our own fleshly motivations.  This should always be one of our concerns as we hear the teachings of the Word.

SUMMARY:

May the Lord bless us with the same set of Godly desires as shown to us in the life of Agur.

May we all desire for:
1.  our life to be God honoring
2.  our needs be met
3.  we avoid temptations that can ruin us
4.  His teachings to be used to change our hearts and lives and bring us closer to Him.

 

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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7 Comments

  1. Terry says:

    Thank you Rob. If I don’t get a chance tomorrow to say it, have a happy Thanksgiving my friend

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    The Christian duty of contentment and not just prosperity as the goal is important.

  3. pj54 says:

    I loved this post. Even the most conscientious Christian needs to be reminded of this from time to time (the way people are bombarded with commercials about things we can’t live without, we need this passage embedded in our hearts). For some reason, it is human nature to want. The more we obtain, the more we want. We are very rarely satisfied if ever. If I could just live by this scripture and be content. O’ how happy I would be. God Bless! I wish you and your family the most Blessed Thanksgiving. By the way, I am thankful for your “friendship”, your comments, and your blog. We all need something and someone to keep us on our toes. LOL! God Bless, PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hi PJ,

      I trust your Thanksgiving was blessed and enjoyable for you and your family. What you say about our human nature is so true… never satisfied, always looking for more. How sad.

      Lord bless you my friend.

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