October 18, 2020 ~ Theophanies

Readings for Sunday, October 18, 2020

Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

 

Theophanies:

The word “theophany” is derived from the ancient Greek word, theophaneia, meaning “appearance of a deity” and refers to the manifestation of a deity to a human. This term has been used to refer to appearances of the gods in the ancient Greek and Near Eastern religions.

In Judaism and Christianity, theophanies are conversations between God and Israel's religious heroes like Moses or one of the prophets. These conversations were reported as if they were everyday conversations. These were most probably deep religious experiences when special revelations about the special character of God came to a great spiritual leader. Only a small number of theophanies are found in the Old Testament.

Exodus 33:12-23, narrates a theophany in the encounter between God and Moses in which Moses asks God to reveal God’s presence and show him God’s glory. God’s glory is revealed only in hindsight, after Moses is hidden in the cleft of a rock.

Source:       www.johnshearmanlectionary.com

 
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