Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June 16 - Proverbs 16:6-7

Proverbs 16:7 sure jumped out at me today.  As a man, Christ's ways pleased the LORD (notice how often the covenantal Name is used from 15:33-16:7;  HT - Dr. Andrew Steinmann's Concordia Commentary), and God has made us, who were His enemies, to be at peace with Him.  See Romans 5:10, Acts 9:4-5, and Philippians 3:18.

But then looking up that verse in the commentary led me to reconsider Proverbs 16:6 - and wow, how that brings to mind our salvation as well!  In the words of Dr. Steinmann:

The passive Pual (Dp) verb  יְכֻפַּ֣ר , "is atoned for," grammatically hides the agent of the action, who is the source of "mercy" and "faithfulness," namely, Yahweh (see Exodus 34:6).  The NT applies this language specifically to Jesus Christ, who is the source of "grace" and "truth" (John 1:14-17).

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