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!

What a difference 3 hours make…

I currently have lots and lots of free time, not out of any design of my own. It can be mind-numbingly boring so I have to be a little creative in finding stuff to do. Somehow, earlier today, I ended up on this page. I thought, “I can redesign that!”

Here below are before and after shots, taken on Firefox (Internet Explorer and Chrome were doing funny things I had no desire to fix 🙂 ). The result is a page that doesn’t look like it was designed in the 1990s Continue reading

A scholarly overview of the psalms

Did you know that the Psalms are the OT book most quoted in the NT, with psalm 110 leading the way.

The Psalter is divided into 5 books (probably alluding to the Pentateuch), each ending in a benediction and ‘Amen’. Book 5 ends in an extended benediction comprising chapters 146-150 (the Hallelujah psalms).

The superscriptions identify David as author of 73 psalms, found mostly in books 1 and 2. Other authors include the Sons of Korah (11 psalms), Asaph (12 psalms), Solomon (possibly two psalms), and Moses (one). ‘Orphan psalms’ do not identify the author.

Psalm 1 introduces the whole Psalter. This psalm presents two models for life: the righteous man and the wicked man. This dual polarity is found elsewhere in the Bible— in Proverbs, listening to Lady Wisdom or Lady Folly; or, in Jesus’ words, the narrow gate and the wide gate, building on sand or on the rock, good trees producing good fruit and bad trees producing bad fruit. In this way, in addition to providing guidance to worship, the Psalms contribute to the overall theme of Scripture. Continue reading

3 things about holiness

The following are true for both the Old Testament and New Testament covenant people of God:

  1. God has the sole right to make distinctions;
  2. God expects His people to be holy, reserved for Him;
  3. God establishes the sole means by which people may become clean.

D.A. Carson

One-liners on stewardship

“And the attitude is not, ‘God, how much of my money do I have to give You?’ but ‘God, how much of Your money do I get to keep?’”

“God may even increase your income, not to increase your standard of living, but to increase your standard of giving.”

-Mark Driscoll

The glory

I’m not sure where I got the hare-brained idea to take on this topic, but I’ve invested enough time in research not to not do something with it. What I’m saying that this is a brain-dump, so excuse the loose ends.

God’s glory isn’t something He has, it is something He is. (Just like He doesn’t have love or holiness, He is love and He is holy.  I don’t understand it either; if I did, He wouldn’t be God, would He?). He is the  Glory of Israel, the King of glory , the God of glory, the Lord of glory and the Father of glory who doesn’t share His glory .

I don’t know the significance of this, but some of the physical manifestations of God’s glory in the OT were in relation to judgment.  During the wilderness wanderings, God showed His glory in response to grumbling and rebellion. But by far, the most spectacular displays of glory came at pivotal moments of Israel’s history: Continue reading

The most important thing about you

“Everything in your spiritual life depends on the sort of God you worship. Because the character of the worshiper will always be molded by the character of what he worships: If it is a cruel and revengeful God, the worshiper will be the same, but if it is a loving, tender, forgiving, unselfish God, the worshiper will be transformed slowly, wonderfully into this likeness.”

– Hannah Whitall Smith, The Unselfishness of God

(as quoted by Nancy Leigh DeMoss in Lies Women Believe)