Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Breath of Life

Genesis 2:7

The breath of man is as it were his life, hereby showing what man's life is, even a blast of wind that goes away and comes not again. To this the Scripture seems to have reference in several places, as Job 7:7, "O remember that my life is wind"; Psalm 78:39, "He remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again," alluding to the breath's going forth when a person is dying. And that thin, vanishing vapor that is in the breath, that at some seasons appears but vanishes away as it were in a moment, is a type of the very thing expressed, "What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14). While the breath continues warm, the vapor appears, but when that warmth is gone, the vapor disappears. This represents how suddenly our vital heat or warmth, that maintains the life of the body, will be gone, and cold death will succeed.
—Jonathan Edwards

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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