Bible Study

Every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. there is a Bible study at the church I’ve been attending. There are a goodly number of people who attend – 15 or so. There is usually a lively discussion which is really nice. 

Tonight we read various prayers that are said during Matins for the Feast of Theophany.  Never having heard them before, it was neat to read through them together and share what particular phrases or sentences jumped out at us and why (if there was a why).

The one that made me pause was this:

Tone 7

A strange wonder it was to see the Maker of heaven and earth stand naked in the river, and as a servant receive baptism from a servant, for our salvation.

We tell God in our prayers that we are His servant, we sign letters to priests and Bishops “your servant in Christ” and speak to others telling them we seek to serve.  Christ received baptism from His servant , John, and He Himself “came to serve.” Another connection/link we have. He is a servant. We are to be servants too. I dunno…hard to put into words but the connection just struck me.

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mimi
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 22:25:44

    More than once, your musings have played a part in my Church School lessons. This one is destined to as well. Thank you!

  2. Mrs. Mutton
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 10:00:09

    What has always struck me about this phrase is that our Lord and Creator becomes a servant to *us.* And we have the nerve to act as if our fellowman should be *our* servants?! On the other hand — when we serve our fellowman, we enjoy another link to our Lord, Who comes to us in Communion so that we may become like Him. Being a servant is another part of becoming like Him. And the key to Heaven is — becoming like Him, becoming by His grace what He is by nature. Wishing you the blessings of the Feast!

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