Proverbs 30:4; A Rhetorical Question,Canst thou Tell?


Proverbs 30 is a bit different from the other chapters in Proverbs, and sometimes a bit difficult to follow the thread, but verse 4 stands out as unique because it asks five questions that might be hard to answer.  That is unless you know God, and His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?”

Let’s look at each question in order.

“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended?”  Who do we know who has descended and ascended up into Heaven?  Jesus is the only one to come to Earth from Heaven and return to Heaven to sit at the Right Hand of God the Father.

“who hath gathered the wind in his fists?” Jesus, as God the Creator, is the One Who can do this, and only Him! In Genesis 1:1 we read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

“who hath bound the waters in a garment?” Once again, only Jesus can bind the waters and say no further…and this reminds us of what we find in Job 38: 8-14

Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

Genesis 1:9 tells us, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

“who hath established all the ends of the earth?” Notice how Job 38:13 (above) uses those same words, “ends of the earth.”  In both cases, these rhetorical questions do have an answer…God, Who is Jesus, is THE ANSWER! Remember in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the Word made flesh. John1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

“what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” The answer to this question is derived from what we are informed of from throughout the Bible… that the Name is God: The Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. and let’s not forget that we “canst tell” the answer by being blessed and informed by God’s Word (the Bible) by the Power of God, the Holy Spirit (Who testifies only of Jesus)!

There a lot more similarities with Job 38, but let’s leave it at that for now, simply remembering that, when in doubt, JESUS IS THE ANSWER.

 

 

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