Warnings Against Presumption

A very incisive warning against false security is found in Eichrodt’s commentary on Ezekiel 5:5-17:

In both passages (he means Ezekiel 16:48ff in addition to 5:5-17, LK) we see the special danger which overhangs the God-given gift of grace. It is that false security, which prides itself upon its privileged position, making it into a pillow for human sloth and selfishness to slumber on. God’s free gift ought to be regarded as a call to service; it does not at all satisfy man’s lustful desires, but it does open to the human will a new possibility of union with God’s saving will. But man instead soothes himself with irrevocable assurances of the divine good pleasure, so as to save himself from having to make any efforts, and to make him the proprietor of a divine domain specially reserved for him alone to enjoy. This refusal to make the right response to the question which lies in God’s gift can have no other outcome but disregard for the ‘statutes and ordinances'” (Eichrodt, Ezekiel, p. 91).


  1. reiterations said,

    July 13, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    This, of course, is Walther Eichrodt (1890-1978), the German scholar. The English translation of his commentary on Ezekiel was published in 1970. I had to read some of his 2-volume work on the Old Testament in seminary. He can sound remarkably like an American conservative at time.

  2. greenbaggins said,

    July 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, his theology is often remarkably helpful, though he still goes with some liberal views on occasion. However, I deeply appreciate his scholarship, and it is very nice to have an OT theology out there that believes that covenant is the overarching category of the OT.

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