You will only enjoy this if you like Gilbert and Sullivan, or have some passing interest in Biblical language study, or in Biblical archaeology, or Biblical studies in general, or anything to do with Ancient Near Eastern studies, or think it is sometimes good to laugh at liberal theology, or have a little interest in the writings of early Christians, or in ancient manuscripts.
You don’t have to understand all that or even most of it to appreciate what’s been done here. But if you have absolutely no interest in (or knowledge of) ANY of those things, and don’t like Gilbert and Sullivan, and don’t have a sense of humour, save yourself the three enjoyable minutes of the following video. (HT: Glenn Chatfield, who posted this in one of his “Some Random Good Stuff” posts — and believe me, this is random!)
This article continues my series based on my sermon on the incarnation of Christ — “The Word was Made Flesh.”
The blog has been quiet for a while, a lot of things going on around here. Anyway, I’d like to return in this article to my sermon on the incarnation of Christ — “The Word was Made Flesh” — using John 1:14 as my starting point. As I said, I’m writing on this sermon in several installments.
Explanation: The last Sunday of the month, we have Scripture reading testimonies in our church — no comments, just reading Scripture that people have read in the last week or two.
On Sunday, we had our annual testimony service. In preparation for this service, everyone in the congregation can prepare a testimony of God’s working over the last year, and select a hymn for us to sing (which may or may not go along with their testimony). On the day, each person gives their testimony and then we sing their song (we usually only have time for one verse per person).
One of the benefits of getting older is when your kids give you gifts like this:
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
This hymn was written by Henry Downton, an Anglican minister who for a time served as English chaplain in Geneva.
We sing it to a version of the tune, GOTT SIE DANK DURCH ALLE WELT, from Freylinghausen’s Geistreiches Gesangbuck, which you can hear by clicking the embedded video beneath the text of the hymn.