It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. – Proverbs 25:2
The Proverbial King tells his son, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; it is the glory of kings to search it out.” Why did he say this? What was this father trying to instill into his son? Diligence? Hunger? hirst? Ambition? Yes. All of these and more. From the very beginning God has made plain to his reader(s) that maturity into (d)ivinity has been the eschatological goal—God has always wanted his (s)on to grow more and more into his father’s likeness. Now, this does not happen willy-nilly and pell-mell for God has concealed certain things which he expects his viceroy to delve out. This investigatory investiture is hinted at in the first mention of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” It is not the goal of this paper to expose the theology of this tree, so it will have to suffice simply to assert that this particular tree is representative of the godly attribute called wisdom. God has wisdom and is therefore able to judge between what he sees and what is seen. There are days in the creation account of which God pronounces his benediction “it is good.” What does this demonstrate but that God gives investigative divestitures? What God does, therefore, man imitates. What this means, then, is the restriction of the tree is not a statement of ontology of this particular arboreal trial but rather of the end game intended for man. As a newly formed human, Adam was not mature and he had to grow up; therefore, the tree (for him) was the test of an obedient patience. Later the second and greater adamic Jesus would find himself tempted to an impatient seizure of what is only due a true king.
Search and seizure in this motif, then, truly is a patient king’s right and prerogative and it fulfills the initial proverb: searching out what God has not made perspicuous. Immaturity wants to seize without the search because it wants an easy “A” as it were. However, God intends for his viceroy to meditate upon, search out, seek for, pursue, and love the wisdom that rewards with greater plunder than that of Achan’s or Ananaias and Sapphira’s grasping (Josh. 8; Acts 5; Phil 2).
All of this is to establish that there are a great many “glories” in the Bible that are intended to be found only by those diligent enough to pursue them. Much of what God says in his holy revelation is like gold lying on the floor of a stream in the Sierra Nevadas. It is quite easily panned out.
However, those miniature hints of a larger reward are intended to inspire further investigation. Only those with the determination to find the vein of ore and trace it to the lode will be like God. his is demonstrated time and again when what the Bible says is trumped by what the Bible means by what it says. What the Bible says is one thing; what the Bible means by what it says is entirely different and your job (should you choose to accept it) is to squint and figure it out!