The short bible study on John 6 was really refreshing for me. Dealing with hunger and thirst, biblically, opened my eyes to the broader scope of Biblical Theology and its framework, which is there. Of course it never helps to present the issues and elements as ‘Biblical Theology’ to 13 – 21 year olds, for it necessarily stumbles them along the paths of human pride. Nevertheless, God’s word is simple enough to be broken up into chewable bits, when the Spirit works admist His people. The ‘clarity of Scripture’ is certainly a comfort for me when dealing with myself and others.
Read a few blogs which tries to put down the Reformed thinking (which again, is in reference to the recovery of a God centred approach to the Christian faith). Sad to see the pomposity that underlies the main reason: I cannot understand it; it is illogical, etc. As if God’s revealed nature is meant to be fully packaged into a logic that is bounded by human understanding or capacity. Pompous in that underlying assumption: If it sounds contradictory, it cannot be true. Forgetting that ‘Mystery’ is the vital element of dogmatics. Again, this has nothing to do with the first perspecuity of Scripture, but on the fact that God is almighty and does not need to bow to human intellectual conundrum.
Which was why Calvin was hated by the Catholics and Arminius.
That was one of the issues that came into mind as we went through John 6, for the people were faced with the same conundrum: God speaking (Jesus), man understanding (wrongly). Hearing the words from God does not mean you’ll comprehend it the same way as it was spoken. And that is because of the human heart, not because of the physical ear or eye, or stomach (hunger), or throat (thirst).
Wonderful God that rules over this universe of His. 🙂