Making Waves

I recently finished The Epic of Eden by Sandra L. Richter. It’s excellent, and I strongly recommend you read it, especially if you find the Old Testament challenging (whether you’re a Christian or not).

One of my favorite parts was this comparison between an Old Testament passage and one of Jesus’ miracles.

At the end of the book of Job, God is describing his powers and explaining to Job and his friends the many ways that God reveals Himself in visible, material ways. Part of that monologue is this description:

Job 38: 8-11 (ESV):

8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

On its own, a cool image and a great example of God’s power.

But Sandra L. Richter didn’t just say “Look at this passage from Job, isn’t God awesome?” — she went a step further.

Look at this passage from Matthew 8: 24-27 (ESV):

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

In other words, Jesus said “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed.” Gee, that sounds familiar.


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