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Small But Wise

In Pursuit of Wisdom

Proverbs Podcasts 2020 #16

Warren E. Berkley


This is Podcast #16 in this series of brief podcasts based on the book of Proverbs. I post these every Monday. This is being posted on Monday, June 29.

I’ve taught a class recently from Proverbs chapter 30, where there are passages sometimes called The Numerical Proverbs. Very interesting in form, sort of like a riddle. But in some cases they are simply illustrations of some point.

Like this one in Prov. 30:24-28.

24  Four things on earth are small,

but they are exceedingly wise:

 25  the ants are a people not strong,

yet they provide their food in the summer;

 26  the rock badgers are a people not mighty,

yet they make their homes in the cliffs;

 27  the locusts have no king,

yet all of them march in rank;

 28  the lizard you can take in your hands,

yet it is in kings’ palaces.

We may not be too familiar with something called a “numerical proverb,” but this one is very simple. You look into the passage to discover the main idea, the point. And it is right there in just a few words: Small but exceedingly wise!

We live in a world where big is often considered better. The big churches, the big preachers, the big, the well-known, the popular and sensational.

But consider the ant. One of the small things on earth yet with teamwork and the wise instinct given by the Creator, they bring home their provisions. Or, the little rock badgers – who have found their real estate in the cliffs. One locust may not seem imtimidating, but when they form a swarm – whole land masses can be destroyed. And those little lizards we have here in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Small little guys, but you can’t build a house that will keep them out. They show up even in king’s palaces.

Small but exceedingly wise. Now, in your service to the Lord, in your activity of faith – what you do may go unnoticed or considered small. Don’t become obsessed with size or notice or sensation. Do what you are able to do, to the best of your ability and try to do it better as you go along. Jesus spoke of the mustard seed didn’t he.

Thank you for listening.

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