The second "Servant Song" continues the theme of the universal intent of the God of Israel and thus of Israel. To this day it is difficult for Israel and for the church to define what is meant by the universal. Only a few times in the Hebrew scriptures does the theme of salvation beyond Israel or of God's care for the outsider come up. Amos 9 has the Lord asking, "Are you not like the Ethiopians to me?" Who was taking care of the Philistines and the Aarameans? But these are rather dim unfoldings of divine purpose compared to the theme here: "I will give you as a light to the nations."
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.