Some REAL Acts of God

Proper 17A/Ordinary 22A/Pentecost +11

August 28, 2011

Exodus 3:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Matthew 16:21-28

This post will not be one of my longer or more profound ones.  We are right in the middle of Hurricane Irene at the moment and I am hastily scribbling this before the power goes out.

Televangelists love to snarkily list all the sinners that are at the cause of whatever “Act of God” that has been visited upon humanity.  I am sure they are having a field day with Washington, DC, which has had both a sizeable earthquake and a hurricane in the same week, this week.  These things are not “Acts of God”, they are acts of nature.  But the prophet Elijah also met acts of nature when he was hiding out in a cave in Mount Horeb after persecution by Queen Jezebel.  The Lord told Elijah to go out and stand on the mountain, “for the Lord is about to pass by” (1 Kings 19:11).  Elijah saw many things that could have been mistaken for Acts of God: a great wind “so strong that it was splitting mountains” (vv.11), an earthquake, and a fire … but the Lord was not in any of these things.  Finally, after the fire, Elijah hears “a sound of sheer silence” (vv.12).  That sound/non-sound was the sign of the Lord, and Elijah came out of the cave when he heard it, and the Lord spoke to him (vv.13).

The Acts of God were not in the mighty winds or earthquakes we have been experiencing.  The Acts of God happen after the winds have subsided, when all is still and we can finally hear the Lord’s voice in the “sound of sheer silence”.  It is not the sound of voices loudly denouncing sinners, it is the silent voice of God’s chesed (Hebrew: unconditional love), urging us to help our neighbors and to be of love and service.  It is those loving acts after the winds have subsided that are the real Acts of God.  Let us go and listen to that sound of sheer silence and do its urging once the storm subsides.

One thought on “Some REAL Acts of God

  1. I would say it’s very profound, it’s a truth seldom spoken by the Christian world. It is written “it rains on the just and unjust alike” so just because hurricane and tornadoes befall a nation doesn’t mean it is any kind of punishment for the Bible also say “there is no new thing under the sun” meaning everything we ever see has happened in another civilization just like this one on the same day of that year at that exact hour.

    Few religious people, especially Christians, see the cycle of two civilizations, biblical metaphors suggest last for 84,000 years each, with short 7000 year transitions like a day’s first light to sunrise is evening to morning’s transition and sunset to dark is morning to evening’s. Genesis 1:4 say the sun is for “signs” [to explain man’s plight on earth like] “seasons, days and years. Thus, what is normally called creation is the transition from Revelation 21’s spiritual or night civilization to this material one.

    It’s because of the cycle that the prophecies are true. Just like we can predict the hour of sunrise for any location on earth years in advance since of the cycles of days repeats themselves the same for each day of the year. Therefore, if god is punishing the different places when storms and earthquakes befalls them, he does it cycle after cycle.

    For a better understanding of that cycle see
    http://prop1.org/protest/elijah/vision.htm#unsealed on my site. Replace “vision.htm#unsealed” with “nature.htm” for the whole site.

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