Monday, January 24, 2005

Up to the neck

Hugh Hewett points out an excellent post at Allthings2all, which includes this quotation from Pascal:

"Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature necessity, and can believe nothing else. Unity joined to infinity adds nothing to it, no more than one foot to an infinite measure. The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing. So our spirit before God, so our justice before divine justice."

That helps keep things in perspective.

Now on to the OYBP update: Today's reading is from Isaiah 7-8 and Mark 3.

Of the King of Assyria:
He will pass through Judah,
He will overflow and pass over,
He will reach up to the neck

However, Israel is not to be afraid:
The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow;
Let Him be your fear,
And let Him be your dread.

The Lord will not forsake His people:
I will wait on the LORD,
Who hides His face from the house of Jacob;
And I will hope in Him.

Having a river rushing "up to the neck" is not a comfortable feeling. In fact, it's almost too much to bear. God's people are often pushed to the limits of their endurance, and often God will stretch us past what we thought we could bear. However, history proves that he is faithful, and as Pascal points out, God's infinite measure and divine justice leave nothing to be desired.


Blogger charlestongal said...


yeah, i've finally started reading! i'm on mark and it's been so great. i've really seen how much Jesus is affected by these people. and that has affected me! i'm excited to join in with the bible reading - y'all will have to keep me accountable.

11:54 AM  
Blogger ~rich said...

nice...are you reading the on the same schedule as Jj and me?

12:22 AM  
Blogger charlestongal said...

i don't know if it's the same as yours or not. i got the schedule from and it's the book-at-a-time reading plan. i liked it because it was only like 3 or 4 chapters a day instead of 5 or 6 like a lot of them were. i started reading Mark on january 19th and i'm doing it with one of my friends here to help me stay on track. (i caught up with the psalms, but i'll have to read Genesis next January!) anyway, i'm pretty excited and have already learned so much. pray that my passion for God and His word will stay alive to motivate me to finish!

10:47 AM  

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