In the ancient world, when an animal was to be sacrificed in worship, the throat would be exposed to the knife of the priest. In the Coliseum, when a gladiator was vanquished, his jugular would be exposed to the sword of the victor. The term "laid bare" carries this sense. When we are "laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do," we are exposed to God, vulnerable before the sword of his judgment. We deserve to be sacrificed to pay the price for sin, which is death. All our attempts to stand before God in our own strength are vanquished when our thoughts and intentions are exposed.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.