Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The works of Abraham

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
James 2.18-23

Summarized quite well last night at "fellowship group" by Andrew Errington: James is combating people into intellectual ascent without existential commitment. And put nicely to song by Sufjan Stevens:

Abraham, worth a righteous one.
Take up on the wood,
put it on your son.
Lake or lamb.
There is none to harm.
When the angel came,
you had raised your arm.

Abraham, put off on your son.
Take instead the ram
until Jesus comes

Abraham, Seven Swans, 2004.

What is a Lake?


Paul said...

If you're into Kierkegaard and 'existential Christianity' check out Christian Existentialism (Philosophical theology)

byron smith said...

What's a lake?
A large body of water surrounded by land.
But what what's it go to do with a lamb?

Moffitt the Prophet said...

I also had no idea, until I looked it up on Wiktionary. A lake, derived from old English (and no obselete), can mean an offering, sacrifice or gift.

byron smith said...

Huh, you learn something new every day.

jm said...

what is a lake? not sure if this helps, but i'm married to one