It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.Proverbs 25:2
God’s concealing and our searching constitute a monumental and beneficial hide and seek. God is not in the hiding business but neither does he leave his business out in the open. Recall how Yeshua spoke in parables, and how he called the most important revelations mysteries.
- God is not opposed to kings; his glory is not opposed to man’s honour
- Neither kings nor commoner can find God by searching
- God’s concealing his business does not put it beyond reach.
Far from being opposites, God and the king are in the business of honouring each other.
There is no need to wax poetic over kabod being aplied to God and man. There is no need to change the translation of dabar when it applies to either God or man.
Conceal = encrypt
Glory and honour; kavode כבוד
Thing and matter; word, dabar דבר
God’s fingerprint is on display in the encryption of his business. If you do no research you are not a king/queen. In nature and the written revelation God is revealing matters, and nothing trivial. Though these are matters are apparently ignored by many, the messages await in their encrypted states the deciphering by our ears, eyes, taste, touch, and intellect. There are two criteria for dealing with God’s encrypted business.
Overwhelmed by choices
Unklike the crooked systems of human governance our choices of getting the glory are simple and transparent. The choices of where a matter lands is binary. The design of the universe has binary distinctions: life and death, good for us and bad for us. Beyond binary is mere diversity: The beginning of our realities had heaven and earth. The consummation of God’s business is a series of heaven-on-earth kind of activities.
One must measure everything by heaven and earth. Recall how Yehsua taught using the motif the kingdom of heaven is like. He also made it clear that when heaven initiates change in the earth the subjects are like the wind – one does not know its origin or destination. This means that the revolving explanations of what is or ought to be in the hearts of queens and kings are likely to be a lot of hot air.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
When we are done seeking out the wise sayings of Solomon, Hezekiah’s men, Agur, and Lemuel we will find that there is not much that informs our great salvation. Solomon has a descendant whose glory and kingdom eclipses anything Solomon came up with or possessed, and the ancient kingdoms under David’s dynasty or not are measured purely by earth, not heaven.