I like standing on big solid rocks.
Ps 18:2 (KJ2000) ” 2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. ”
Ps 18:31 (KJ2000) ” 31 For who is God except the LORD? or who is a rock except our God? ”
Ps 18:33 (KJ2000) ” 33 He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places. ”
Ps 18:46 (KJ2000) ” 46 The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. ”
Jesus is the rock of my salvation.
(I only included v. 33 because I love that book, ‘hinds’ feet on high places’)
I have been wondering about truth and standing on the rock of Jesus is a good picture for me to understand how to tap into the truth. Pilate asked an interesting question about truth as well in this verse in John.
John 18:38 (KJ2000) ” 38 Pilate said unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and said unto them, I find in him no fault at all. ”
The Greek word for what is τίς tis (tis’) can mean who, what, where, whether or which.
We interpret it to say ‘what’ in English. This makes sense because we are materialists. There is no spirit only material is one of our beliefs which is on the way of changing.
The Latin word for who is qui. The French word for who is qui.
The Latin interpretation of the greek says quid which means what.
We get the saying ‘quid pro quo’ from Latin which means something for something.
jn 18:38 “dicit ei Pilatus quid est veritas et cum hoc dixisset iterum exivit ad Iudaeos et dicit eis ego nullam invenio in eo causam”
When I thought about quid it reminded me the french word qui.
Once again ‘qui’ in French means who.
Who is to say that truth is a thing? Is it a rock? It can be more abstract than a thing.
I think God was trying to tell me that truth is more of a who than a what.
Jesus is the truth.
It is even more interesting to hear what the next step toward Jesus is. In the second part of the verse ‘to find no fault in Him at all.’
‘Father help me take no offense toward Jesus.’
I got to thinking about my last blog. I thought it might be disturbing to think that words can be interpreted different ways. I remember what a Baptist friend told me about how words mean something and we all know what that is.
This is true. To a point.
We all know what loving our enemy means and yet to what depth do we understand, believe and act upon it?
I’m not claiming that the Bible is open to interpretation. I am claiming that I am open to expanding my understanding of it. I am claiming that I need to know the one who is the truth, Jesus, better.
God calls us on. ‘Come and see’, He says.
We can go where He calls us to or we can resist. I want to go.
In conclusion I want to share a rock passage from Corinthians: 1Cor 10:4 (KJ2000) ” 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. ”
After conclusion note: God can not make a rock too big to lift because the question is wrong. God can not sin because He is all good. That does not make Him incapable of anything only certain wrong things.
It is like asking the question, ‘Can God do something He can not do?’ The answer is obviously no He can’t. Does me saying ‘He can’t’ mean that He can’t do something? No. It only means He can’t do wrong things.
More about this at http://crossexamined.org/can-god-create-a-rock-so-heavy-that-he-cannot-lift-it/
“This little riddle is akin to asking “Can God’s infinite power overwhelm His infinite power?” Or it’s like asking “Can God beat Himself in a fist fight” or “Can God think up a mathematical equation too difficult for Him to solve”. It’s sheer nonsense. C.S Lewis once said “Nonsense is still nonsense even when we speak it about God.”You’re basically asking if a Being of unlimited power can produce something to limit Him. But His unlimited power, by definition, rules out that possibility. An unlimited being cannot create limits for Himself.”
Most philosophers know the question is a joke but instead of laughing the mean ones use it to confound people.