Look More Than Once


At first glance this is exactly what it seems to be, a blossom. If you look again, and study a little bit, you will see something else. That bloom will become the heart and soul of an apple.

Crisp, cool, delicious.

Now consider Proverbs 14:4. “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”

At first glance, another boring verse that has no meaning unless you deal with livestock. But like the bloom, time and study will reveal something else entirely. “Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher, adding one thing to the other to find out the reason.” That is a concept defined in Ecclesiastes 7:27. Keep in mind that Solomon pretty much knew everything, so . . .

If we do that to Proverbs 14:4, and find definitions for the words “oxen”, “trough”, “increase”, and the phrase “strength of an ox”, we will see something else and prove the inter-connectivity of all scripture.

“Oxen” is what the High Priest sacrifices for the sin of the peoples.

“Trough” also means “manger”, as in “Oh little town of Bethlehem”. It is also a reference to a “new tomb”, the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

“Increase” is a great word which, simply translated, is “prosperity” or “fruitfulness”.

“Strength of an ox” is a reference to the four living creatures before the throne of God in Revelation 4; specifically, the face of an ox or calf. This is the Son of God given for the remission of sin, the only sacrifice God will accept at the pearly gates.

Now, think about for a minute, put it all together in your mind, and you will see the fruit.