The Subject of Every Verb

Terrence Fretheim, in his book The Pentateuch, makes some interesting observations regarding the rhetorical features of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. In addition to the portrait of God as Creator, Law-Giver, Judge, and Savior, an entirely relational Being emerges from the pages of Scripture. He writes,

These wide-ranging images of God suggest that a primary theme of the Pentateuch will concern God and God’s interaction with the world. God is the subject of more verbs than any other character, many of them key verbs: God creates, judges, saves, redeems, elects, promises, blesses, enters into covenant, gives the law, heals, guides and protects in the wilderness, and holds the human party accountable.

When I look back and tell story of my life, I hope I have the eyes to see God’s activity to this degree. To understand Him as the subject of every verb, the direction of every action. May our being be grounded in The Being, the God who is, the great I AM.

For in him we live and move and have our being. — Acts 17:28

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4 Responses to The Subject of Every Verb

  1. T.H. says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jason. I’m enjoying your musings re: life in the light of Christ’s compelling love. Whether you meant it to or not, I think your thoughts here are right in line with your resolution.

  2. Fran says:

    Jason, this thought is so beautiful! This is how we know that God is real, because he is active in our lives and our world. I once heard a preacher say that love is God in action and I think that is so true.

  3. Jason says:

    Love is God in action. I like that. I’ll have to write that down. I’m still wrestling with this whole “no fear in love” thing.

  4. Jason says:

    Imagine what worlds God longs to create in me and through me if I would make myself available to His great love.

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