Saturday, March 25, 2006

CQOD: 03/25/06 -- Warfield: how to think of God

Christian Quotation of the Day

March 25, 2006
Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Virgin Mary
    I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
    -- Exodus 20:2 (ESV)

    The Old Testament does not occupy itself with how Israel thought of God. Its concern is with how Israel ought to think of God. To it, the existence of God is not an open question, nor His nature, nor the accessibility of knowledge of Him. God Himself has taken care of that He has made Himself known to His people, and their business is not to feel after Him if haply they may fumblingly find Him, but to hearken to Him as He declares to them what and who He is. The fundamental note of the Old Testament, in other words, is revelation. Its seers and prophets are not men of philosophic mind, who have risen from the seen to the unseen and, by dint of much reflection, have gradually attained to elevated conceptions of Him who is the Author of all that is. They are men of God whom God has chosen, that He might speak to them and, through them, to His people. Israel has not, in and by them, created for itself a God: God has, through them, created for Himself a people.
    ... Benjamin B. Warfield (1851-1921)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, in Your mercy, You have shown Yourself to us in Jesus Christ.

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