Friday, February 26, 2021

Bullock: the universe is theocentric

Friday, February 26, 2021
[The LORD:]
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you, and you shall answer me.
Would you discredit my justice?
    Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Do you have an arm like God’s,
    and can your voice thunder like his?
    —Job 40:7-9 (NIV)
    The God Speeches remind us that the universe is essentially theocentric. Further, although much about divine justice had not been clear to Job, God had not left the world quite so destitute of moral implications as Job had alleged. The natural world with its beauty and orderly design presents man with an indicator of an ordered moral universe even though it be beyond man’s cognitive perception. By revealing transcendence in meticulous details, the Lord simultaneously revealed His immanence. So near is He to man that He appeared to Job personally. So near is He to His world that He causes the rain to fall on the subhuman creatures even though man knows nothing about His activity there.
    ... C. Hassell Bullock (b. 1939), Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1979, p. 108 (see the book)
    See also Job 38; 39; 40; 41; Matt. 5:45; Rom. 1:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have all authority, and You are present.
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