At the feast which followed the circumcision the father served valuable old wine and said: “If I will live I will serve the same kind of wine at the wedding of my son,” and Rabbi Simeon replied : “Even as the child was today inducted into the covenant of Abraham he will grow to go to the canopy (the Chuppah, or wedding canopy) and we will both drink again.”
On his way home Rabbi Simeon met the angel of death who addressed him in the following words: “Just because you are a just man are you not afraid to go alone at night?” When Rabbi Simeon asked the angel where he was going, the angel replied that he was going to take the soul of the child that had been circumcised that day. Rabbi Simeon scolded the angel of death for wishing to prove him a liar because he had promised to drink at the boy’s wedding and with these words he annuled the decree of death against the child.
The Jewish Spiritual Heroes – Volume I; The Creators of the Mishna
In the book of James, James warns Jewish believers of making plans without God in mind, which goes against Proverbs 27:1
1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.Proverbs 27:1 KJV
We read in James 4:13-16
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.James 4:13-16 KJV
In verse 13, their intentions are fully developed, down to the detail. They speak a language reflecting assurance and self-confidence. These assumptions picture the future as entirely under their very own control. We are here cautioned against a presumptuous confidence of the continuance of our lives, and against forming projects and plans without God’s Providence in mind. But instead, if the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this, or that.
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