Saturday, September 07, 2019

Maurice: not systematic

Saturday, September 7, 2019
    Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957
    For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
    —Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
    When once a man begins to build a system, the very gifts and qualities which might serve in the investigation of truth, become the greatest hindrances to it. He must make the different parts of the scheme fit into each other; his dexterity is shown, not in detecting facts, but in cutting them square... I hope you will never forget that the Bible is the history of God’s acts to men, not of men’s thoughts about God. It begins from Him. He is acting and speaking in it throughout.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Ecclesiastical History, London: Macmillan, 1854, p. 222, 2 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 4:12; Job 26:14; Ps. 40:5; 139:17-18; 145:4-7; Eccl. 12:12; Rom. 11:33; Eph. 1:18-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Your word, Lord, lives in my heart.
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