Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 12, 2015

“Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 2.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+2&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him?  So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?  7 Now send me a skilled man to work in gold, silver, brass and iron, and in purple, crimson and violet fabrics, and who knows how to make engravings, to work with the skilled men whom I have in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided.

11 Then Huram, king of Tyre, answered in a letter sent to Solomon:  “Because the Lord loves His people, He has made you king over them.”   12 Then Huram continued, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, endowed with discretion and understanding, who will build a house for the Lord and a royal palace for himself.

13 “Now I am sending Huram-abi, a skilled man, endowed with understanding, 14 the son of a Danite woman and a Tyrian father, who knows how to work in gold, silver, bronze, iron, stone and wood, and in purple, violet, linen and crimson fabrics, and who knows how to make all kinds of engravings and to execute any design which may be assigned to him, to work with your skilled men and with those of my lord David your father.”  2 Chronicles Chapter 2:  Verses 6-7 and 11-14.

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“The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

Both Solomon and Huram made plans, but the LORD directed their steps.

Both Solomon and Huram were kings with great wisdom, might, and riches, but they had humility.  Solomon said:  “But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him?  So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense before Him?”  Verse 6.  Huram said:   “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has made heaven and earth …”.  Verse 12.

“6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”  Psalm 33:6-12.

Which doctrine is more consistent with this Scripture?

Other doctrine which focuses on and boasts about the counsel and plans of man?

Or, Reformed Doctrine which focuses on and boasts about the counsel and plans of God?

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

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