I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
- Psalm 89:1-2
“We are God’s idea. We are his. His face. His eyes. His hands. His touch. We are him. Look deeply into the face of another human being on earth, and you will see his likeness. Though some appear to be distant relatives, they are not. God has no cousins, only children.
”We are, incredibly, the body of Christ. And though we may not act like our Father, there is no greater truth than this: We are his. Unalterably. He loves us. Undyingly. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (see Romans 8:38-39).”
- Max Lucado, A Gentle Thunder
NOTE on my wife’s test yesterday: She did fine during the test, Only minor bruising since. Results in two weeks, along with future scheduling. Thank you for your prayers. God is indeed faithful.
The Scripture is not attributed to king David, but to Ethan the Ezrahite. Ethan the Ezrahite appears in 1 Kings 4:31. King Solomon’s wisdom was even greater than Ethan the Ezrahite. Thus, Ethan must have been well known as being wise. The Psalm praises God for being wise and for establishing king David’s kingly line. We know the sad truth about that promise and the glorious truth.
The sad truth is that although God is faithful to us, we often stumble. King Solomon, as wise as he was, got full of himself. He violated the pact made between his father, David, and God. God was, even at this point, faithful to His promise to king David. He allowed the kingdom to be split after Solomon died and eventually both resulting kingdoms were sent into exile due to not following God’s commandments – mostly worshipping other gods, again, words spoken by God and God was faithful to what He had promised.
But, for the glorious truth, in the kingly line of king David, we find Jesus, who is the King of kings. God’s ultimate gift to the world, His only begotten Son was the fulfillment of the covenant with David and the reason for the celebration in Psalm 89, although it is unclear if Ethan the Exrahite fully understood.
Now we get to Max Lucado’s quote. First, Lucado talks of what God looks like. That’s odd, since God is a spirit and, as the catechism goes, hath not a body like man. Jesus looked like His Jewish cousins, brothers and sisters, all with a little variation. When God created Adam and Eve, He created them in His image. This means that they have an eternal soul. They were made for a purpose. As are we. But in looking at the studies of DNA today, I don’t hear of Christians thinking back to Noah. Noah had three sons that populated the earth. They were scattered after the tower of Babel incident. We have three primary races on earth, as Noah had three sons. (Some include Australoid (portions of India, southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the aborigine of Australia – among other places) as a fourth race, but others contend this might be a blend of races. We’ll stick to three.) Within those, there are various primary key differences – most American’s of Mexican or Central American descent identify as Caucasian (Indeed, most government forms state Caucasian with or without Hispanic/Latin ancestry). These are my words. I am sure someone can correct me.
Yet, in the beginning, God created everything and called it good. He called Adam and Eve, very good. Yet, within Adam and Eve was the DNA markers of all three races, unless God altered the DNA at the tower of Babel. We have a great nephew whose mother is black, and his father is our nephew. Our nephew’s mother is my wife’s sister. His father is a Caucasian Texan with a significant heritage with the Native American tribes of that region. My wife and her siblings had a father who is half Dutch (the Netherlands, noted here since in PA most Germans are referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch) and half German, for the most part with a small heritage of Gypsy. My wife’s mother was Eurasian, with an unknown combination of ancestry, but what is known connects to several Indonesian islands, including where she was born in Java and Bali, and one eighth Chinese. So even if one contends for the fourth race, that is covered.
I say that to set up a conversation my wife and I had. She asked me my feelings about such a mixture, having been brought up in a segregated South. I told her that I feared for our great nephew, in that he might face prejudice due to being a mixture – although that is less common these days, but is his DNA more closely linked to that of Noah than any other? Could it be that our great nephew is what we would all be, if we had not screwed things up trying to build a tower?
Okay, this falls far outside the thought on God’s faithfulness, but it addresses my thoughts on Lucado’s first paragraph.
As for the second paragraph, God loves us, unconditionally, and we can always count on Him being there for us.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.