The Chair and the Desk, 2/5/16

From the chair:

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”

-Exodus 33:14-17

For some reason, Hebrew just doesn’t stick to my brain, but there’s one vocabuly insight I’ll always remember from my Old Testament classes at Gordon Conwell: As Dr. Kaminski demonstrated in her book on Noah, God’s “favor” in passages like these (הן) is gracious. It’s not that Moses has earned God’s approval; Moses has found favor in God’s sight because of who God is, what God does. God offers his own presence to those who don’t deserve to be in his presence, because God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

From the desk:

“If we all fell dead suddenly, the Church would still somehow exist in God. Confound it all, don’t you see that I am more sure of its existence than I am of my own existence? And yet you ask me to trust my temperament, my own temperament, which can be turned upside down by two bottles of claret or an attack of the jaundice.”

-MacIan in G.K. Chesterton’s, The Ball and the Cross, kindle loc. 660


“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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