Wednesday, November 06, 2002

In Hebrew class today, Dr. Curtis gave us a freebie (basically a bit of biblical exposition given as an aside) on the idea of trust in Isaiah and in life.

- There are two situations where most people will trust another, whether they know them or not: 1) when there is little risk and much to gain; 2) when they are out of options. Most will also trust God in these two situations.
- The problem is that most of life takes place between these two extremes.
- To trust in the "inbetween" you must know the person who is the object of trust.
- In his prophecy, Isaiah asks the question, "Who will you trust?" and he gives two basic types of evidence/knowledge pointing to Yahweh as the only god worthy of trust. First, Yahweh is the creator of everything. Second, Yahweh is able to declare the future. No other god fits the bill. Conclusion? Only Yahweh is worthy of trust.

I may need to add Isaiah to my reading list.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

I had lunch at a Chinese restaurant today. One of my lunch mates received the following message in her fortune cookie: Art is your fate: don’t debate.

I was intrigued.

I typed the phrase in Hotbot and Google , and discovered that other people have gotten the same fortune. One person actually changed her career to art. Weird. I’m not sure why this has struck me so. It’s not like I going to spend a lot of time thinking about this, but still I wonder where the quote comes from. What did it mean to the person who first wrote it? Why is it in a fortune cookie?