Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peterson: the freedom of God

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Commemoration of Mellitus, First Bishop of London, 624
    And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
    —Exodus 33:19 (NIV)
    God is absolutely free. He doesn’t do anything because he has to do it. There is no necessitas in God. He is not a part of the cause-effect sequence of things. He operates out of free love—no constraints.
    ... Eugene H. Peterson (b. 1932), in “On Being Unnecessary”, The Unnecessary Pastor, Marva J. Dawn, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 5 (see the book)
    See also Ex. 33:19; Isa. 65:1; Mic. 7:18; Luke 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:8; Rom. 2:4; 9:15-21; Eph. 1:4-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You spread Your light where You will.
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