Sunday, May 01, 2005

His Name and His Son's Name

Throughout time, human beings have asked some very serious questions about our experiences. God's prophet, through Proverbs, provides some answers to a few of the more important ones.

Proverbs 30
4Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son's name,
If you know?

Those who earnestly seek to understand this thing called Christian faith need to understand that, for the Christian, the life and ministry of Jesus is the fulfillment of the ancient Jewish pursuit of God. For over 1500 years, Jewish prophets and teachers sought to first define the character of the God they worshipped, but then to understand how it might be that their long hoped for Messiah would deliver them from physical and spiritual bondage. And scripture professed very clearly that this Messiah would be God’s chosen, God’s son, who was with God at the beginning and would reign with Him forevermore.

Here in Proverbs, Agur the son of Jakeh, spoke words of promise to his Jewish brothers and sisters. In his question, he acknowledges the Jewish tradition of the Divinity of Messiah, a Son of Man but also a Son of God, who has “gathered the wind in His fists” and “established all the ends if the earth.” He has been with God and returned to Earth to fulfill His Father’s purposes.

Seekers everywhere desire to know the God. They search for His purposes, they crave understanding for the confusions and tribulations for living this earthly life. Agur asks these seekers here in Proverbs 30, “What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?”

The good news of the New Testament is an answer to that question. The great I AM, the God of Israel, the God of covenant and promise, "sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)


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