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Tuesday, September 14, 2004
 Gravitas    [L]

So a few weeks ago at Apex, Rob spoke on giving God the glory. And he defined glory as "weight". Officially, Strong's concordance defines it as
from H3513 (to be heavy; numerous, rich, honorable); properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.


And it makes a certain amount of instinctive sense... look at these images side by side, which one makes you think.... glorious?



There is definitely a ... gravitas ... to mount everest, isn't there? It automatically brings up words like majesty, grandeur, weight. And that is the way God is. Huge, enormous, grandiose, epic, dimensions of mind-blowing proportion - that is what He is. That is who is in control.

And then there's us. Little flea specks riding on the back of the universe. Tiny dust mites dwelling in the carpet of the heavens. Even as my hands type these examples, my brain instinctively knows that these comparisons still give us too much credit.

Kinda gets me thinking about ancient tribal peoples - you suppose they just started worshipping the biggest thing they could find? Y'know, the volcano worshippers, the jungle worshippers, tree-huggers, ocean-lovers... You ever wonder if they picked their gods based on their overall bigness and majesty? They just happened to discover one day, how little they are and how huge something else is and their mind explodes with awe...

As majestic as the mountain, volcano, tree, valley, killer-whale is... it is but a wisp of air compared to the one who created it all.
Job 38:4-11
4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone-
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt'?


So consider now, the significance of a being this gi-normous taking on the shape and size of a human speck. So much power, glory, majesty, gravitas, reduced in volume but not in glory - another one of those seeming contradictions that God is so fond of. Makes me think of the cosmological equivalent - a black hole. They start with a mass that gets so large that its own gravitational force causes it to collapse upon itself. Since none of that mass is destroyed, it ends up being so compacted and condensed that it continues to draw everything towards it.

Weight. Gravity. Glory. Attraction.

As usual, God uses parallels to give us the merest hint of his true nature. It just wouldn't be as fun any other way ;)

Caeli enarrant gloriam dei - The heavens declare the glory of God
Quia replebitur terra ut cognoscat gloriam Domini - For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD.



Chu - that's awesome! Good word brother.

By Blogger Philio, at 9/16/2004 01:48:00 PM      


My favorite post of yours yet!
I love that passage in Job.....thanks, Chu.

By Blogger Kristi, at 9/21/2004 12:19:00 PM      


^^^ speak up ^^^