Understanding The Terms

Sometimes, the most important words in a text are so small and simple that we don’t even see them while reading the passage. We find this to be the case in a text that explains a most important truth about God’s spiritual blessings in Christ.

In Proverbs 2, we find three words that are often thought of as insignificant. They are so insignificant that we often don’t even see them while reading the passage. The truth that these three words point out is that God’s spiritual blessings are conditional. Those three words are: “IF,” “AND,” and “THEN.” We need to identify these “term” words, but more importantly, we need to meet those “terms.” Here is the text:

My son, if you accept my words

AND store up my commands within you,

listening closely to wisdom AND

directing your heart to understanding;

furthermore, If you call out to insight

AND life your voice to understanding,

IF you seek it like solve AND

search for it like hidden treasure,

THEN you will understand

the fear of the Lord AND

discover the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 2.1-5