Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Same Lord in Proverbs, Deuteronomy, and the prophets.

In his excellent commentary on Proverbs and an article about Proverbs and theology of the Old Testament, Dr. Waltke lists these truths about God that are taught in Deuteronomy, the prophetic books, and Proverbs.

Also the wise men ascribe the same attributes and actions to Yahweh as those ascribed to him by the prophets. 
According to both circles He is
According to both, He…
o       is the sovereign Lord directing history (Deut. 4:19; 29:4, 26; Isa. 45:1-13; Prov. 16:1-9, 33; 19:21; 20:24 et passim) and
o       is yet present in it,
§         withholding and giving rain (Deut. 11:13-17; Hag. 1: 10-11; Prov 3:9-10),
§         disciplining His children (Deut. 8:5; Isa. 1:4-6; Prov. 3:11-12), and
§         in His mercy answering their prayers (Deut. 4:29-31; Isa. 56: 7; Prov. 15:8, 29).
According to both sources He is
o       delights in justice and hates iniquity (Deut. 10:17; Isa. 1:16-17;Prov 11:1; 17:15), and
o       has aesthetic-ethical sensibilities (Deut. 22:4-11; 23:10-14; Jer. 32:35; Prov. 3:32; 6:16-19; 11:20; 15:9 et passim).

To put the matter the other way around, there is no difference between the way God is described in the prophetic literature and the way He is described in the Book of Proverbs.