Thursday, December 29, 2011

Calvin: God's majesty

Thursday, December 29, 2011
    Feast of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170
    When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!” But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
    —Judges 6:22-23 (NIV)
    For when we see those, who before his appearance stood secure and firm, so astonished and affrighted at the manifestation of his glory, as to faint and almost expire through fear,—we must infer that man is never sufficiently affected with a knowledge of his own meanness, till he has compared himself with the Divine Majesty.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, I.i.3, p. 48 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we are small, but You are great.
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