Hebrew, Romans and Greeks – Light, Glory and Knowledge

“The greatest pursuit of the Hebrews was light. Everything was idealized by light: “The Lord is my light and my salvation…” “This is the light that lighteth every man that comes into the world…” “The people that sat in darkness have seen a great light…” For the Hebrews the ideal was light.

For the Romans the ideal was glory. The glory of the Roman empire, the glory of Caesars, the city to which all roads led, the city that wasn’t built in a day. Rome symbolized glory. The Hebrews symbolized light as their ideal.

The Greeks pursued knowledge. The ideal of the academy, the ideal of the sophists, the ideal of wisdom, and the ideal of knowledge. Let me retrace it: The Hebrews pursued light as an ideal, the Greeks pursued knowledge as the ideal, and the Romans pursued glory.

Here is the apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome in a Greek city. He says in 2 Corinthians 4: “God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.”

-from Ravi Zacharias in “Who Are You God?” part 2 of 4 atwww.rzim.org

Thanks to Dan, http://www.facebook.com/danielsonline/posts/566887761820

 

A Sovereign Protector I have

A Sov’reign Protector I have,
Unseen, yet forever at hand,
Unchangeably faithful to save,
Almighty to rule and command.
He smiles, and my comforts abound;
His grace as the dew shall descend;
And walls of salvation surround
The soul He delights to defend.

Inspirer and Hearer of prayer,
Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
My all to Thy covenant care
I sleeping and waking resign.
If Thou art my Shield and my Sun,
The night is no darkness to me;
And fast as my moments roll on,
They bring me but nearer to Thee.

Kind Author, and ground of my hope,
Thee, Thee, for my God I avow;
My glad Ebenezer set up,
And own Thou hast helped me till now.
I muse on the years that are past,
Wherein my defense Thou hast proved;
Nor wilt Thou relinquish at last
A sinner so signally loved!

Augustus Toplady, 1774.

Alas and Did My Savior Bleed

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away
’Tis all that I can do.

-Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707.