Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
I’ve often come upon scriptures like this one and wondered, why two seemingly different concepts are combined into one continuous truth. The revelation that every Word of God is pure is contrasted with Him being a shield for those who trust in Him. Each concept seems like an independent aspect of God’s character and yet when examined by the lens of Gods Word, we see how they flow in perfect order.
Purity is from the root word Tsaraph, which means to smelt, refine, or test.
Examples of where this Hebrew word occurs elsewhere in scripture:
2 Samuel 22:31 “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Psalm 17:3 “You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.”
Psalm 66:10 “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined.”
Exegesis is the critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture. It can be a dry when the topic is based solely on breaking down text while the application is overlooked.
The Word of God can be viewed as primarily the inspired and proven revelation given through prophets in the Bible. Moses was not only God’s chosen servant to lead His people out of Egypt but He was the voice of God to the people and author of the Pentateuch (first 5 books of the Bible). Nearly every book in the Bible is prophetic is some way, whether they were relating future prophecy or current prophetic application, they all seemed to be gifted in this area.
The Words of God as related to us by prophets, are inspired and directed by God. If a word is given and is not in agreement with the Bible, it should be regarded as anathema (doctrine rejected). There is no such thing as an incomplete work as some testify of the Bible. The same message and spiritual principles are found throughout God’s Word and affirm its perfection, not denying its truth but affirming it’s validity in each page of inspiration.
God’s Word has been tested, and it proves the test. It remains pure, undefiled, and holy while it’s truth reveals perfection that cannot be added to or taken away from—Every Word, every time….without exception.
*Why is the affirmation of the purity of Gods Word placed as a precursor to another truth; protection?
*The emphasis is on the validity of the statement. The word can be trusted. We don’t have to second guess this principle, even in the midst of overwhelming odds, peril, danger, sword, or any principality and power that comes against it.
The Statement: He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him gives rise to the questions:
When is God a shield? *** Always!
Who is He a shield for?***His people!
What defines His people?****Trust!
If there is one, continuous, overriding struggle in life it can be summed up by the question: why are we not trusting our lives to God?
I can ask a person who has walked with God 40 years or one who has walked with God 1 year and the consistent struggle is trust. I personally believe that is why this reminder is so emphasized in God’s Word. Why such statements at the start of Proverbs 30 and 2 Samuel 22 has an emphasis on the faithfulness of God’s promises before it. It’s almost like God knows our weaknesses and so He emphasizes His reliability on these points a little harder! Even though I say this tongue in cheek, in reality, He not only knows our weaknesses, He knows what we need to strengthen us in our weaknesses.
Once we think we have a good feel for the reliability of God’s faithfulness, something else comes our way and challenges our notion of God’s goodness and steadfast love. You would think He wonders when we are ever going to learn to trust.
Some reminders He’s given us include:
Psalm 91:4 “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”
Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
Psalm 9:10 “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:”
I can go on….this is a micro-sampling of the reminders of where we should place our trust alone.
The Lord is faithful, He will never leave you nor forsake you. His promises are true. His love endures forever. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is good and He is God. There is no other. There is no other name by which people may be saved.
His Word remains true FOREVER!!!
The term “forever”, is one that is used out of place on multiple levels. Phrases such as “forever in my heart ❤️ “ are often scribbled on cards or notes between lovers or lost friends, eternal connotations are used such as ‘never’ or ‘always’, which imply a grandiose level of success or failure.
The term, Eternity is only by nature attributed to God. He is the only One who has always existed and always will exist. He had no beginning and forever He will reign. Once God created us, our spirit will live on forever, but only from that moment in time from which He made us. For some, eternal life will be in His presence in all the fullness of His glory. For others eternal death is their reality, it will be spent apart from the joy of the Lord in a place of torment called Hell.
Why is this important to consider?
God’s promises have eternal merit. His Word didn’t start becoming pure when He thought it would be a good idea, His promises of shielding His people aren’t a temporary promise, people may break promises time and again, God does not.
~The promises of God’s consistent love are a reflection of his nature.~
God cannot be unfaithful, or lack love, or forget a promise——it would be a denial of Himself.
1 John 1:1-2 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—
Jesus is and was the embodiment of eternal life. He promised us He would never leave us or forsake us.
He is our shield and our protector. Abide in Him and you can know that you are secure in His love.