Arabs in the Bible

There is an evil fog that hides the Truth from all of us. Nowadays a plethora of guides offer expensive tours to the summit of truth, or truths, that they deem as the Truth.

A search for Truth is as human as pangs of hunger. Sometimes we have them not, but mostly they return with vengeance and more urgency than before. It is universal. Transcending time, history, nationality, cultural tradition and religious views.

All attempts at synergies, to equalize, to level, to melt all beliefs and experiences into one big pot of magic potion, as a super drug, solution for human quest for truth, are temporal.

The truth is still out there! Singular! Unshakable! Discover-able! Wise people painstakingly seek it. Sad, reality demonstrates, that only few tenacious find it. A minority! Majority prefers a groggy mind and glorious oblivion in pleasures.

In the Judeo-Christian Bible, in the book of Proverbs, there are two chapters (30 and 31) that were written by two Arabs (as we would call them today): Agur and Lemuel. The book of Job is another Arab example. The usual presumption is that all Sacred Scriptures, the Old and the New Testaments, are written only by Jews. But surprise surprise, God, the creator of all nations, loves all and gives wisdom and guidance and truth to anyone who seeks! So it was, and so it is!

But first let’s look at Proverbs chapter 30. Agur, who’s name means “Gatherer”. He is not the King Solomon, as many think. Agur is a son of Jakeh. Jakeh means “The Obedient”. Again, not King David, as some presume. They are of a Massan nationality, descendant from the son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:14). They were not Israelites. They were Arabs. They lived in the neighborhood. In Palestine.

Agur was one of the wisest man of his time. A critic, a philosopher, a moralist, a seeker of truth. A firm believer in one true God. A man, whose sayings are in the canon of the Bible and valued as any other inspired words in the Holy Scriptures. “Here are some more proverbs from wise people …” Proverbs 24:23. The bible calls wise people indiscriminately wise!

The view is still that the Jewish King Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. This is but in comparison.It was not of his own making, it was devinely give to him. There were and are a lot of other wise people around. “And God gave Solomon wisdom, exceedingly deep insight, and understanding beyond measure, like the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than that of all the men of the East, greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than all men—wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and wiser than Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread throughout the surrounding nations”. 1 Kings 4:29-31

It is said that Agur spoke an oracle. Such wording are only used if a prophet spoke from God. These were not mere human sayings.

Agur starts his chapter by a melancholic declaration of his longings and his failings. “I have exhausted myself, oh God! I have wearied myself out, about God. I am burned-out! I have labored in painful investigations. I want to know God, His character, His nature, His attributes, His workings … But, I failed. I am tiered seeking after truth. I give-up. I withdraw. I have not prevailed. I have labored in vain!”

According to his own words, Agur desired to live right, to act righteously, but has done foolishly. “I am more like an animal (brut) than a human being; I do not have the sense (Intelligence) we humans should have. Neither have I learned wisdom, Nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.” Proverbs 30: 2-3

Now, it would be brutish of us to accept his self-loathing. Here is a clear case of not agreeing with persons own self description. By all accounts Agur was a wise, faithful and understanding man! His desire was to find revelations of God that would guide him in truth and wisdom.

Is it not the truth, that the more a person is enlightened the more they lament their ignorance?! The more they spend time in prayer seeking increasing clarity in life?! The more they discover God’s workings the more their curiosity grows?! A hunger and thirst for God’s truth and wisdom is not quenched by getting closer to God, it intensifies, it makes you hungrier, it is limitless as the infinite Divinity itself! The more you have, the more you want! The more you keep, the more He gives you!

I would like at the last breath of my life, still breath with this unsatisfied desire for God! I have learned it today from Agur. An Arab Sage in the Jewish – Christian Bible! A profoundly wise man!

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