To Boast or Not to Boast

Last week we discussed the topic of knowing God.  We look at why it is important to know God, but also important to know about God, and how he has revealed himself to us through his word, & nature.

I was thinking some more about this verse (Jeremiah 9:23-24) and what it means to boast.  It says that we should not boast in our wisdom, our might, and our riches.  But we are encouraged to boast in the fact that we know and understand the Lord.  It says that he delights in this.

This should encourage all of us to continue to study, pray, be faithful to church, and keep learning about God.  Many will take on the attitude that all we need is to just know Jesus.  Why bother with theology, or doctrine, why do we need to read the Old Testament?  Because God takes great delight in us knowing, and understanding him.

God did not intend for us to only know him as a baby would know her parents.  All healthy baby grows up to be mature men and women.  So should we as Christians.  A baby cannot boast about her parents, only a mature person can.  It is implied that we learn and grow in our understanding of God.  Without learning we cannot come to an understanding of God, and without an understanding of God we cannot boast.

What do you think when you read this scripture?

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Boast in the LORD

23 This is what the LORD says:
The wise must not boast in his wisdom;
the mighty must not boast in his might;
the rich must not boast in his riches.

24 But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me —
that I am the LORD, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
[This is] the LORD‘s declaration.

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14 thoughts on “To Boast or Not to Boast

  1. So before one can boast about these things, they have to know Jesus?
    The way I take it is that people can boast if they know god but, can’t boast if they don’t know his word or him. Am I wrong?

  2. Yes, you must know Jesus. It doesn’t just say that you can boast (brag) if you understand him only, it says that you can boast (brag) only if you “understand AND know him”. You have to have both, in order to be able to boast or glory about this.

    Also keep in mind that it does not mean a prideful boast. It also means to praise or glory.

  3. It makes sense to know what you are boasting about before you can begin to do so. How else are you going to boast if you yourself don’t know what or who you are talking about? I think that this taps into why people find it hard to witness to others. Aside from the obvious criticism, I think that people are afraid to talk about their personal relationship with God because they don’t know much about Him. This opened my eyes and challenged me to read and seek more of Him. It makes you appreciate your Creator in a whole new level. I’m glad I captured this!

  4. Michelle,

    I think that you bring out a great thought here.

    “…people are afraid to talk about their personal relationship with God because they don’t know much about Him”

    You are right, that fear does stem from a lack of knowing and understanding God.

  5. I agree with this truly.I also think whether were well fed with the knowledge of God or know a little I think its okay that we still boast about our Lord and Savior, but to boast of the relationship we share, that those who don’t know him may also have this same relationship with him.

  6. Lorraine,

    right, I think that we should always share the Lord with others regardless if we have a great deal or very little understanding.

    I think the point I would stress is that we should continue growing, in knowing and understanding Him, in order to be able to glorify (boast) God. It’s not a boasting where you go to someone and show off how much you know “…The wise must not boast in his wisdom”. But rather a way of glorifying God in a worthy manner by representing him correctly. To many times we fail to represent God correctly because we just don’t know, therefore we take away from his glory, rather than properly presenting it.

    Great dialog everyone, you are even making me think, keep it coming!

  7. I would like to also add; Our God gives us a direct opportunity to know Him more in regards to other claimed Gods. For example, Our God has come in our likeness and shared his character to his creation as found in Galatians 5:22-24 (Fruits of the Spirit). We have today a personal opportunity to experience his love and grace. Inasmuch he has promised this relationship between Him and Man since creation with His covenants. Therefore our boasting about Him is a direct reflection of how much we understand he loves us.

  8. that’s what we should be boasting about. is the fact that we have a God that we have a relationship with. one of my disciples is a contractor. he went to go bid a job for an indian lady. who had her eight arm god in the closet. she wanted to put a light in there for her god. his suggestion was that she should let her god out of the closet. how much can your god do for you locked in that closet? my God is everywhere. and does many things! he didn’t get the job. but he did get to boast.

  9. Yeah Ralph! Finally one of our men from the class has posted! I thought for a minute that only the women were thinking, and pondering on the scriptures.

    Good stuff everyone!

  10. sorry my internet was down all day yesterday and I was unable to log on with you guys. but any chance to boast in the Lord and I’m there. He’s been doing some awesome thing’s in bible study as well as church. I just praise God that He hear’s us and speaks to us! I’m excited to see what He’s going to do this weekend. Ironman was awesome as well. but no wear near as AWESOME as my GOD!

  11. As I read this passage, I thought of the Apostles. They knew Jesus and they talked about God’s love, judgement, and righteousness. They were boasting about God, so the Corinthians can know about God.

    2 Corinthians 10:12-13
    13 But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.
    NASB

  12. In an effort to help us grow in our understandig of God. Lets bring to the discussion table the many proofs of the Trinity throughout the bible. First looking at Gen 1:26, where God speaks saying “Let US make man in OUR image according to OUR likeness.” And again in Gen 11:7 reemphasizing the words “Let US.” Who is God speaking to?
    In Gen 16:10-13, reference to an “Angel of the Lord” comes into play. An Angel that surpasses every angel just by his very name. Hagar calls him “You are the God who sees.” A second mention of this obvious important being takes place in Ex 3:2, “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush.” Isn’t this God!
    In Jud 6:11 the same Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon, and once again in Jud 13:21 with the confirmation of Manoah proclaiming the identity of this Angel as God. In Zech 1:8-11 the Angel of the Lord is presented as standing amoung the myrtle trees. But in verse 12 this very Angel appeals to the one he adresses as “O Lord of hosts” have compassion on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah.
    In Isa 48:12, Isaiah quotes God saying “I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.” Verse 48:16 say’s “And now the Lord God has sent Me and His spirit. He then describes himself as the Lord your Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel in 48:17. The Trinity is surely revealed!
    Is this God in visible form? Maybe the preincarnate Lord our Christ. The appearance of this Angel throughout the bible ceased after the birth of Christ in human form. Nevertheless their efforts compliment one another as they work together as one for the salvation of man.

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