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Wordwise Insight, Issue #155
September 14, 2017


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Spiritual lessons from a recent event.

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Eclipse of the Sun

Recently we experienced a rare event, the eclipse of the sun (though only partial, in our area). Using a simple pinhole device, my wife and I were able to view it in safety. Then, indoors, we watched on two different TV networks, as the sun was tracked across the United States from coast to coast.

The secular media try to be balanced, but they find it difficult to recognize a spiritual perspective. It grieved me that we didn’t hear a single reference to God from the many television commentators and scientists (except for one who swore!). “Mother Nature” was given credit for it all. Perhaps we could call this an eclipse of the Son.

The movement of the sun, moon and stars reveals the handiwork of our Creator (Ps. 19:1), who not only made them (Gen. 1:14-19) but sustains them, and holds them in place (Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:1-3). A hymn about that by Joseph Addison says:

The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame Their great Original proclaim. The unwearied sun, from day to day, Does his Creator’s powers display, And publishes to every land The work of an almighty hand.

The great excitement of watchers also struck me. Millions looked up in wonder, cheering in the eerie darkness, as the sun slowly disappeared from view, then became visible again. The fascinated scanning of the skies made me think of the prophesied return of Christ to reign. “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30).

Though the eclipse wasn’t full in our area, it definitely was to the south of us. There, for a few moments, the moon came between our earth and the sun, blocking ...

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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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