Friday, October 28, 2016

Barth: the deceptive silence

Friday, October 28, 2016
    Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles
    For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
    —John 1:17 (ESV)
    People naturally do not shout it out, least of all into the ears of us ministers. But let us not be deceived by their silence. Blood and tears, deepest despair and highest hope, a passionate longing to lay hold of ... Him who overcomes the world because He is its Creator and Redeemer, its beginning and ending and Lord, a passionate longing to have the word spoken, the word which promises grace in judgment, life in death, and the beyond in the here and now, God’s word—this it is that animates our church-goers.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), The Word of God and the Word of Man, Harper, 1957, p. 108 (see the book)
    See also John 1:17; 14:6; Rom. 5:20-21; 6:14; 15:8-12; 2 Tim. 4:2; Heb. 10:3-10; 1 Pet. 1:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we are hungry for Your word.
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