There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. Pro 30:18-19
You would think that the most profound statements would come from a man like the Apostle Paul; but here we see this barely-known Biblical character, Agur the son of Jakeh, catching a glimpse of something “too wonderful” but which, alas! was hidden from him. He says of it, “…which I know not”. Probably, when he says “I know not”, it is not that he does not know the thing he is talking about; more likely it is that he is overwhelmed by the wonder of what he sees in the spirit.
Whatever the case may be, I want us to briefly consider two things in these scriptures. The first thing to consider is that Agur here is talking about the Church. Yes, God granted this man the wisdom to see into the mystery that God had kept hidden since the beginning of the ages.
What tells us that Agur is talking about the Church is the deeply spiritual description he gives to the things he saw in the spirit. Did you know there is a spiritual language just as there are natural languages? In these scriptures Agur is speaking in some of the most profound spiritual terms you are ever likely to find in the Bible. And what is he saying? What is he telling us about the Church? He is saying, simply, that the ways of the Church are inscrutable to man. Man in his natural state cannot know the ways of the Church. That is what Agur is talking about here. “A serpent upon a rock”. The movement of a serpent upon a rock is pure magic. Agur the son of Jakeh is saying that you cannot try to tell the movement, or operation of the Church by looking, or feeling, or seeing – or through any human or worldly faculty. The Kingdom of God has nothing to do with the natural.
Jesus echoed these same words in John 3:8 when He told Nicodemus: “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.”
In today’s world, human wisdom has increased and we tend to want to grasp spiritual things by our intellect, logic, etc. We are pragmatists. We want things we can understand, and probably touch and see. But the spiritual kingdom we are called to has nothing to do with any of the above.
When our church first came into contact with the five-fold ministry through CTMI we were casting out demons out of people – church members – in every service. The CTMI ministers who came never talked about demons but, in a way that I still cannot comprehend, demonic activity never again manifested in our church. That is a fact.
I feel so free in the knowledge that I do not need to know everything about what is going on in the spiritual Kingdom. All I know is that things are happening – because God is in control!