The Chair and the Desk, 10/1/15

From the chair:

17 “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? 19 And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? 

20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken. 

-Ezekiel 34:17-24

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Just because we can have a certain amount doesn’t mean we should. Just because we can live a certain way doesn’t mean we should. In this passage, God does take sides, rescuing the lean sheep from the fat sheep that always pushed them out of the way.

From the desk:

“Where the bounds that mark the end of all human hope are broken through in the raising of the crucified one, there faith can and must expand into hope.”

-Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope, 1967 english ed., p.20

I’ve been looking forward to Moltmann all semester because I didn’t take in the significance of his visit to Seattle Pacific University during my freshman year there. I’ve anticipated this remedial reading, honestly, to have another name to drop in classroom discussions. However, I found a lot more than that in Moltmann: I found a sharp scholar who considers the resurrection essential to Christianity–I’m excited to keep working through this book!

“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

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