Saturday, July 19, 2008

Erich Sauer on the Host of Angels

Erich Sauer (I am not deliberately pursuing a German theme) wrote:

Now to what end do these worlds exist in etherial space? Has God any pleasure in dead matter? Is He not the God of the living? Can any inanimate matter praise Him, the Lord of all life? (Psalm 30:9). Or is not rather the starry world of God everywhere filled with personal life?

In fact, if only our small earth, this speck of dust amidst the whirling suns of the universe, carries organic life, "then in meaningless contrast to it stands millions of dead colossi. Then were the immense universe a limitless extinct waste, in which only on this tiny earth, as a marvellous exception, the solitary flower of life blooms." Then the fiery splendour of the millions of suns, which yet illuminate nothing, were only "a vast meaningless and purposeless firework in the dead universe," and all the stars and heavenly bodies were burning or burnt-out craters!

Quite otherwise speak the prophets and apostles of the divine revelation. The Word of God knows of thrones and lordships, of principalities and authorities (Col. 1:16), of sons of God and morning stars (Job 38:7), of the host of the high in the height (Isaiah 24:21), of Cherubim and Seraphim (Rev 44:6-8, Isa.6:2,3), of archangels and angels (Jude 9, Rev 5:11, 12:17). And all these it describes by the same term, "the host of heaven", as it uses for the stars.

From this viewing and naming of the two together we perceive a reference of a more profound nature. For otherwise how could "the morning stars" sing together, and at the same time shout for joy with the "sons of God"? (Job 38:7) How could the starry world worship the Creator? Will the dust praise Him? Will it proclaim His truth? But "Thou art the existing one, Jehovah alone! Thou hast made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, and all their host, the earth and all that is thereon... and thou makest these all living, and the host of heaven worships thee" (Neh.9:6)

The Dawn of World Redemption, p.28


babel said...

Thank you for this wonderful Sauer quote. though I have all his books, I was re-aquainted with it on your blog. Sauer is a brilliant Christian theologian who has been litterally erased from our modern technology. Not even a listing on wikepedia. It seems all my heroes I feel should be known to everyone are completely marginalized and hidden. Keep up the good fight

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks. I really love what Sauer said in that quote.