Readings for January 6th

“He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills man.” (Isaiah 66:3)  I had to reread this verse over and over because it was combining the strangest things: ox death = murder, lamb sacrifice = dog death, grain offering = pig blood offering, incense = idol worship.  Just rereading that verse didn’t help either though I am picking up on the fact that something is very wrong.  All worship, done right, Biblical, pagan, or even worse is nothing if the one who is worshiping is proud, self centered and puts him or herself over God.  This reading is not equalizing worship to non-Biblical and idolatrous worship but it is saying that even if you have a form of worship that comes right out of the Bible if you are not right (been made right) before God don’t bother.  “this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word” (v. 2).

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  1. I found the writing by Gregory of Nazianzus very interesting. I really enjoy reading the ancient church father’s writings. I love the way He describes the different duties of the Trinity!

  2. Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe!🙂. I’ll go and read some more!

  3. From Pastor Hilpert – The one I gained the most from this day of the Epiphany was that the Epiphany was originally not centered on the Magi. That is a western concoction. The original celebration of the Epiphany was on the Deity of Christ. Christmas is the celebration that Jesus is true man, the son of Mary, but Epiphany was set to celebrate that Jesus is also true God, Son of the Father, revealed to the world. Now growing up in a western church, in a western society, I haven’t heard this before but it did offer new insight to my own devotion and understanding of Christmas and the Epiphany. Begin the 12-days of Christmas with the birth of Jesus to Mary, that He is truly a man. End the 12-days of Christmas with the celebration of the revelation that Jesus is true God in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit.

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