God is…

Here’s a quote from Ricky Alcantar in the February 2010 Next webzine, quoting Herman Bavinck, as quoted by Wayne Grudem in Systematic Theology.

“Reading my systematic theology textbook this week I came across this list of the different ways Scripture describes God:

God is compared to a lion (Isa. 31:4), an eagle (Deut 32:11), a lamb (Isa. 53:7), a hen (Matt 23:27), the sun (Ps. 84:11), the morning star (Rev 22:16), a light (Ps 27:1), a torch (Rev 21:23), a fire (Heb. 12:29), a fountain (Ps 36:9), a rock (Deut. 32:34), a hiding place (Ps. 119:114), a tower (Prov. 18:10), a moth (Ps 39:11), a shadow (Ps 91:1), a shield (Ps 84:11), a temple (Rev 21:22)… God is called bridegroom (Isa. 61:10), husband (Isa. 54:5), father, (Deut 32:6), judge and king (Isa. 33:22), man of war (Ex. 15:3), builder and maker (Heb 11:10), shepherd (Ps 23:1), physician (Ex. 15:26)…

Why all the different images? Why all these descriptions of God?

Because he is infinite and we are not. Because with each picture he’s getting across to us as finite creatures just a small glimpse of who he really is.”

Or, Nelima quoting Ricky Alcantar quoting Wayne Grudem quoting Herman Bavinck!