But then something brought me closer to The Thinker. Suddenly, I had a completely different feel for The Thinker. And I found myself wondering whether Rodin, too, had felt that the success of the sculpture might depend in some crucial way on getting the feet right. Feet are base; they are in touch with dirt, everything that humans, in their vanity, wish to rise above. Because they are grasping the rock.
This thinker is thinking with his feet as well as his head.
If so, I believe that the Cleveland bomber—never apprehended—misunderstood the sculpture. Rodin himself rejected the idea of the idealized thinker with his head in the clouds rather than his feet in the dirt.
In a classic essay, the art historian Leo Steinberg noted how Rodin welcomed accidents into his working methods. When the plaster bust of his first great sculpture, The Man with the Broken Nose circa , froze and the back of the head fell off, Rodin exhibited it as a mask instead.
A strangely powerful figure in its own right, the footloose Thinker , which remains on view in Cleveland, has never been repaired. But his original version of the right foot, meanwhile, is safe in Paris. Grace and Truth come through Jesus. He had an intimate knowledge of God, which neither Moses nor any of the ancient prophets had possessed.
Jesus knew God intimately and completely, and was therefore able to make God more completely known to us. He is of the lineage of David. Why is that so important? He is not a misguided reformer. He is not a self-appointed Savior. He is not a would-be, want-to-be Savior of the He is not a man caught up in a popular acclaim.
He is not a sort of magician who drew crowds after Himself and developed a Messiah illusion or a Messiah complex.
The genealogy goes back to David and then it goes back to Abraham and then it goes back to Adam and then it goes back to God finally. This is the culmination of all redemptive history in this person Jesus.
He is not just a good teacher, He is not just a great man, He is not an isolated prophet, He is not an isolated preacher. This is the culmination of all the history of humanity from God, from Adam, through Abraham, through David down to Jesus. He is the culmination of human history as well as Israel's history. He is the fulfillment of God's redemptive purpose. He is the culmination of all who ever lived.
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He is the hope of all humanity and all humanity is inseparably and eternally connected to Him. The fate of everyone who ever lives is linked to Jesus. I read those words this morning and my heart gave a little skip. To a people who were in darkness, to a people who had rebelled and lost everything that God has promised them comes this message of hope.
It would be many, many years before this prophecy would be fulfilled. In between the testaments we have a period that is known as the silent years which traditionally is considered to be years. Imagine waiting for God for years to do what He said He would do?
Imagine that your suffering continues while you wait. You wait your whole lifetime and God is silent. I imagine it could be hard to not lose hope. The problem is we occupy such a small piece of the whole story. And as with any piece of music, it is made up of notes and rests. The rests create moments of silence that add to the whole wonderful masterpiece. It means that the musicians look eagerly for the cue that the silence is over and the notes swell up once more.
And, oh, what a joyous sound was heard when that rest came to an end. And he Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.