I have been following David Plotz's "Blogging the Bible" for months now. Plotz is a non-practicing Jew who is reading through the Bible for the first time and blogging on his reflections upon each book.
His most recent blog is written in response to the final chapters of Isaiah. In addressing 55:8-9, he writes an interesting passage:
Here's an interesting rebuke to those who would try to interpret or explain God. (A rebuke, in other words, to people like me.) "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." According to Isaiah, our efforts to humanize Him, to turn Him into a friend or a relative, even to understand Him, are doomed. The impossibility of imagining God may be the essential theme of Isaiah. Isaiah objects to any effort to contain, reduce, limit, represent, or explain God. (This is the source of his rage against idols.) Once you accept that He can be limited, faith is compromised.
Much of our understanding of God is founded upon, "our efforts to humanize Him, to turn Him into a friend or a relative, even to understand Him." It us not just us moderns that are guilty of this, as this passage from Isaiah should make clear.
Yet theologians like Greg Boyd are guilty of this very thing. Read the last sentence of Plotz's again. "Once you accept that He [God] can be limited, faith is compromised." That is an amazing rebuke to Open Theists like Boyd who seek to limit God's foreknowledge. What is surprising is that the rebuke comes from a nominal Jew, reading his Bible for the first time.
But, as is said, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. Even a first time Bible-reader can discover a deep truth in the Bible unknown to a theologian with a PhD.