Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, December 5, 2022

 Opus 2022-324: Advent Calendar: Day 5, Gabriel

If the incarnate son of God is to be born of a woman then it would seem she would need to know.  To take the message, Gabriel was sent.

(Luk 1:26 KJV)  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Gabriel’s name is only mentioned four times in the Bible.  Two of them are in the book of Daniel and the third is back a few verses delivering another birth announcement for John the Baptist.

Have you ever wanted God to send you a telegram?  He usually uses other methods.  The Apostle Paul experienced quite a few.  First, Jesus appeared personally to him.  Then Ananias brought him what we might call a prophetic message.  He talked about studying the scriptures.  You also have him meeting with the other disciples and getting their input.

And then there are angels.  Gabriel is one of his messengers.  In fact both the Greek and Hebrew words translated “angel” has a basic meaning of “messenger”.  I would not be too quick to want an angel appearing because I think they would scare the orneriness right out of you.  It seems that angels have a need to say, “Fear not.”  I prefer them in the role of guardian.

Angels are about communication.  Christmas is about communication.  It is a message of love and redemption.  It is a promise of the cross and forgiveness.  Take some time to stop and listen to what God might be trying to communicate to you this season.

Merry Christmas.

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