What does it mean that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter?


Proverbs 25:2

ESV - 2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I interpret Solomon to be saying here that the omniscience of God (including knowledge that humans do not have, or concepts that humans cannot explain or fully comprehend) is one of the aspects of His being that contributes to His glory and deity, and makes Him worthy of worship. 

As beings with less than full or perfect knowledge, it is to the glory of earthly kings to be leaders in seeking and discovering information that is not yet known (including with respect to God and His will), in order to allow them to rule wisely, or to benefit their subjects.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
It is the glory of God 1 to conceal 2 a matter, and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.

1 The proverb provides a contrast between God and the king, and therein is the clue to the range of application involved. The interest of the king is ruling or administering his government, and so the subject matter is a contrast to the way God rules his kingdom.

2 The two infinitives form the heart of the contrast – “to conceal a matter” and “to search out a matter.” God’s government of the universe is beyond human understanding – humans cannot begin to fathom the intentions and operations of it. But it is the glory of kings to search out matters and make them intelligible to the people. The human government cannot claim divine secrecy; kings have to study and investigate everything before making a decision, even divine government as far as possible. But kings who rule as God’s representatives must also try to represent his will in human affairs – they must even inquire after God to find his will. This is their glorious nature and responsibility.

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Mini Diane Thatcher
God concealing and kings searching goes way deeper than kingdoms and governments. Matthew 11:25 reads: “At that time Jesus answered and said, 'I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.'” Who are considered to be wise and prudent amongst men? Kings and government officials...these are those whom it is hidden from. We, as true believers, are the babes: the newly adopted in Christ.

We are future spiritual kings and queens, and are therefore the ones who are to search out the meanings. Romans 8:15-17 reads: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." If you have earnestly prayed 'Our Father', you are a son or daughter of God: therefore, you are a king or queen awaiting to be crowned. 

Many will claim to believe but don't. This is why meanings have been 'hidden'. Proverbs chapter 4, verses 18-19 reads: "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble." And what about that shining light? Matthew 5:14-16 reads, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." The meanings are revealed to us because Satan tries to twist scripture, but he cannot deceive the true believer because the scripture is revealed to us, not to him. 

2 Corinthians 11:3 reads: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." The simplicity that is in Christ lies buried within the last command that Jesus gave us. John 13:34-35 reads, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Every commandment lies within this last commandment because we know what Jesus did through love for us and we are to imitate Him. That is the simple beauty of it. 

Read the Bible as a true believer and empty yourself of negativity and hate. Learn how to forgive, truly forgive, and the Holy Spirit will descend upon you and make you that city upon a hill that lights the way to the narrow path and to the straight gate of heaven. Be as king Solomon and ask only divine wisdom, then all else shall be bestowed upon you. Love and peace to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ! May you prosper in your quest to understand the scriptures and work towards your heavenly crown, be it of a king or a queen.

April 14 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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