It Gets Messy

An oldie but a goodie! Just in time for Thanksgiving!

The Promise Rests on Grace

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.
Proverbs 14:4

This proverb stopped me in my tracks the other week. I am sure that I had read it before, but it had never jumped out at me. At first it stopped me because it just seemed so random. I didn’t get it. In the midst of Solomon talking about the fool and the faithful there stands this one piece about oxen and mangers. I had to read it a few times.

Often in Proverbs an abstract thought is presented by means of a concrete example. Rev Dr Abraham Cohen says in his commentary on Proverbs that, “the owner is spared the trouble of cleaning it (the manger) periodically and seeing that the animals are provided with food. But this apparent advantage is more than counterbalanced by the emptiness of…

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