R.C. Sproul – on the Ubiquity of God’s Glory in Creation

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In Isaiah, chapter 6, when he was having his vision, on the occasion of his call to be a prophet, we recall the song of the angels in the presence of God, in which they sing- Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts. And what else did the song contain? „For the whole earth is full of His glory”.  So, do you see the antithesis? Do you see the collision? Between the radical secularism of people like Jean Paul Sartre and the teaching of the Scripture? The teaching of the Scripture is not that the holy and the sacred is in some hidden realm, some esoteric sphere where only the most brilliant, elite thinker can penetrate to find a slight glimpse of the Holy. On the contrary, the whole earth is filled with the glory of God.

So, why then, do we have this sense of the profane? Well, Calvin answered that question this way. He said, „The whole of creation is a glorious theatre- screaming, as it were, manifesting so clearly the holiness of God.” But we were blind to it. But, that blindness is a willful blindness. We are, like human beings, walking in this glorious theatre wearing blindfolds. Blindfolds that we have put on our own eyes, lest we see the holy and the sacred, because there is nothing more terrifying to sinful creatures than to be exposed to the Holy. Moses sees the bush that is burning and is not consumed, and we’re told in the narrative that he turns aside to look at it. And, as he turns aside, looking in the direction of that bush, he’s not satisfied to observe it from a distance. He begins to walk towards the bush and approach it. As he is approaching it, suddenly, the voice comes out of the bush, calling to him, saying, „Moses, Moses, stop right there. Don’t come any closer. Don’t draw near. Instead, take your shoes off your feet, because the ground you are standing on is holy ground.”

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  1. The Master's Slave
    feb. 16, 2013 @ 10:20:51

    Reblogged this on The Master's Slave.

  2. unworthy1 - lyn
    feb. 16, 2013 @ 13:14:49

    This is excellent, thank you for posting!

    R.C. Sproul and Ligonier ministries offers various studies for sale through their website as well as on-line, this is from the ‘Moses and the burning bush’ teaching series…one which I am currently taking on-line. It is an excellent teaching series and I am thankful to God for it. Any who may be interested in purchasing a teaching series may go to http://www.ligonier.org/store/type/teaching-series/
    The on-line teaching is available for a small monthly fee at http://connect.ligonier.org/

    I also recommend R. C.’s book , ‘The Holiness of God’, for your reading enjoyment!
    A. W. Pink’s ‘Attributes of God’ is most excellent as well – you may read his writings if you like at http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/index.htm

    May the Lord continue to bless you in your ministerial work


    • rodi
      feb. 16, 2013 @ 14:27:03

      Lyn thanks for your blessing and for your recommendations. I also spend some time at Ligonier and at pbm ministries, and have posted material form them as well. We are always thrilled to find out folks are edified by our postings. God bless you, as well!

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