In our course on Theology Proper, we discussed today the omnipresence of God, how He is in all places at all times. The idea of trying to run away from a Being who is everywhere is remarkable. For those who grew up with Sunday School stories or for those who have read their Minor Prophets lately, the prophet Jonah is the most common example used for this.
Jonah 1:3, 10 both use the Hebrew phrase “from the presence of the Lord” which is מִלִּפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֑ה “Miliphney YHWH”
The omnipresence of God can be a tremendously comforting thing, for those who are walking before Him. For those that are walking away from Him, His omnipresence becomes much more ominous.
I have a few other observations from Chapter 6, but I’ll leave it for tomorrow’s post, because tomorrow’s reading will include chapters 7-9.
In other news:
I had great difficulty sleeping last night, and used the opportunity to memorize chapter 2 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. The question of which you are probably now thinking is “why?”. Because Pastor Jim said that we would get an A if we did so.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Westminster Confession of Faith, here is the portion I memorized:
I. There is but one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory, most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him; and withal most just and terrible in his judgments; hating all sin; and who will by no means clear the guilty.
II. God hath all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them; he is the alone foundation of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom, are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth. In his sight all things are open and manifest; his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature; so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.
III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power, and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.
The Westminster Confession of Faith is a Calvinistic document, and there are probably a lot of things with which I would not agree. After seeing that there are a total of 33 chapters, I have absolutely no intention of memorizing the rest, and it will likely be some time before I even try to read it.
So as nothing is to Him contingent or uncertain.