Proverbs 25:1-5
Prov 25:1 (KJB)
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
King Hezekiah had reigned approximately 200 years after King Solomon and he had desired that the true worship of the Lord would be restored (2 Chronicles 29:1-11) and maybe as they had cleaned out the Temple, they had found these Proverbs written by Solomon. He recognized that these proverbs were definitely of Solomon and had them added to the other proverbs which he had written or since they were in the Temple already, maybe they were available and so someone had decided during Hezekiah’s reign to add them to the Book of Proverbs, thus completing and we have that completed book today. This verse is definitely not endorsing textual criticism, in that, as manuscripts are found, they are either added to the Bible or existing verses are removed. This find in Hezekiah’s time was still before the completion of the Bible. Textual criticism is Satan’s tool to help destroy your faith in God’s ability to preserve His word.
Prov 25:2 (KJB)
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Conceal - Hide
Search - Explore
Matter - Word or event
Here we have a verse which has a tremendous spiritual meaning. When God wrote the Bible and competed it in 95 A.D with the book of Revelation, He wrote it in such a way that it would require two things to begin to unravel its teachings. First, a person must be born again so they may be indwelled by the Holy Spirit so He may illuminate passages of Scripture for our understanding. Secondly, it requires much time to be dedicated to the study of the Bible. There are some passages which are not that difficult to interpret and there are many that are. Sometimes we may gain truth from one or two passages and sometimes we must search out many passages to ascertain the meaning of one passage or one teaching. God conceals truth in the Scriptures because He wants only His children to understand it. Whenever you hear an unbeliever expound the Scriptures, it is always from a very superficial point of view. The deeper spiritual teachings are not present because they do not have the Holy Spirit.
As God conceals things in Scripture, He states it is the honor of Kings to search the Scriptures to find out different matters. Now we must ask, who are the kings. Normally, in ancient Israel, it was the Levitical Priests who did all the spiritual interpretations and normally the king would come to them for advice from the Lord. However, since the time of the Mosaic law expired at the cross, we must search to find out who the kings are today. We find two scriptures in Revelation which answer that question plainly.
(Rev 1:6 KJV) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(Rev 5:10 KJV) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
From Revelation 1:6 and 5:10, we plainly see that the true believers are made to be kings and priests. So now we know who the kings are that are to search out the matters. It is the true believers whom God has redeemed through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now we have another major spiritual truth in this verse. The word “matter” in the Hebrew is “davar” which may also be translated as “word.” (Exo 9:20 KJV) He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: We see it translated word in Exodus 9:20. When you think of the word, “word,” who comes to mind? (John 1:1 KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The one who comes to mind is the Lord Jesus Christ. So as we see, the Lord Jesus Christ is written about in the entire Bible, yes, even the Old Testament and the Mosaic system was a foreshadow of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice the following two verses:
(Psa 40:7 KJV) Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
(Heb 10:7 KJV) Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Psalm 40:7 and Hebrews 10:7 are almost exact but are exact in message. Since the same message is written in both the Old and New Testament, this means that the message is the same throughout, both testaments are one cohesive whole. The entire Bible is written about the Lord Jesus Christ and the plan of redemption. It is not a textbook about the modern nation of Israel, or is it a book for Hollywood to make into a movie, or is it a math book to set dates for the Lord’s return. Proverbs 25:2, tells us that we, as kings, need to search out a matter or word. Therefore, that verse teaches us that when we search the Scriptures, we will find Christ in every book, even though He may be cloaked in different language. The Lord Jesus Christ was a mystery in the Old Testament who was revealed plainly in the New Testament. There are three mysteries associated with the Lord Jesus Christ and they are openly found in the book of Ephesians. The first mystery is Christ Himself. The second mystery is Christ and the Church. The third mystery is the Gospel.
(Eph 3:4 KJV) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
(Eph 5:32 KJV) This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
(Eph 6:19 KJV) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
So when we study the Scriptures, we must first clear our minds of things like black helicopters, Hollywood movies like 2012, date setting, modern political Israel, the Bilderbergers, and anything else like that and keep your mind on a spiritual level, then you will begin to see the mysteries in the Old Testament as you properly search them out. Since the Bible is about Christ, the church, and the Gospel, there is no room for these other spurious interpretations.
Prov 25:3 (KJB)
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Here God uses the physical universe as something that is very high above the earth and the earth for depth is showing the immensity of God’s creation. Even today, with all of man’s telescopes and microscopes, they still cannot search out the entire creation. Then God goes on to say that the heart of kings is unsearchable because no one knows which way the king’s heart will be. Building upon who the kings are in Proverbs 25:2, we can also state that the kings here can also be the Christians. (John 3:8 KJV) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Just as the wind blows and no one knows where it is going to blow next, the believer is likened to the wind because God sends His believers all over the world, and no one knows where they might wind up. The heart of the Christian is unsearchable for another reason. The Holy Spirit, who is the third person of the triune God, cannot be searched out. Can a mortal search out God? (Job 11:7 KJV) Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? Zophar, Job’s friend asked the same question concerning finding out God.
Prov 25:4 (KJB)
Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
Dross is the impurities removed from the pure metal.
Finer - Smelter or refiner
Here we have a great spiritual lesson. If the dross, or the impurities are removed from the metal, then there will only be left a pure metal ready for the refiner to make into a pure vessel. When a person becomes saved, God removes the dross of sin from the soul and makes it perfect, without sin. (Psa 103:12 KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. He removes it so the dross of sin does not hinder us for Heaven. As soon as God cleanses the soul, the Christian is made ready for Heaven and is made ready to be a witness.
Prov 25:5 (KJB)
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
This verse is a continuation of the principle found in verse 4. If the dross is removed from the silver, the silver will be molded into an impurity free vessel. If the wicked counselors are removed from the King’s court and staff of counselors, then he will have only righteous counselors who will guide him to do the right things to rule his country. Let us also look at this as the king being a believer. If a believer removes himself from evil influence, like unsaved friends, he will be able to live a godly life as he procures godly advice from saved friends. This verse basically teaches that we can be influenced by evil people if we do not remove ourselves from them. The saved and the unsaved do not make good companions. (2 Cor 6:15 KJV) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?