This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Acknowledge is a word which seems to me to be important in the Bible. There are several ways acknowledge may be used. It can mean recognise that something is true, recognise that someone exists, greet someone, and recognise someone’s contribution to one’s own work as in the acknowledgements at the end of many books.
I searched the Bible on the Bible Gateway website to find instances of the word acknowledge in the NIVUK translation of the Bible. I discovered that there were four main contexts in which Acknowledge appeared.
- It is important to acknowledge God. Leviticus 22:32 , Deuteronomy 4:39 , 1 Chronicles 28:9
- To acknowledge one’s sins Psalm 32:5
- To acknowledge one’s family. Deuteronomy 21:17
- Jesus promised that He will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him and that those, who acknowledge him also have the Father. Matthew 10:32 , 1 John 2:23 , Revelation 3:5
Nebuchadnezzar learns that God must be acknowledged
The Book of Daniel is full of dreams and prophecies. Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king, whose story is told in Daniel 1-4. When Nebuchadnezzar had his first disturbing dream he asked his wise men and advisers not only to interpret the dream, but first to tell him what he had dreamt. Otherwise he would execute them.
This was an impossible request. Daniel was one of the advisers, whose life was at stake. He asked his three friends to pray with him that God would reveal the dream and spare their lives. The dream and its interpretation were revealed to Daniel. He explained it to the king and many lives were spared as Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged Daniel’s God to be the God of gods and Lord of kings.
This acknowledgement was short-lived. Daniel interpreted a later dream, which predicted that as a result of claiming glory for himself rather than for God Nebuchadnezzar would be reduced to behaving like an animal, eating grass. Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the advice that he could avoid this fate by acknowledging his dependence on God.
Nebuchadnezzar became prideful and the prophecy was fulfilled. After a time Nebuchadnezzar did acknowledge God and his sanity and his kingship were restored.
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An angel is a messenger from God. In Christian art angels are often shown with wings, but in many Bible stories angels seem to be indistinguishable from people. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
Angels appeared in the story of Jesus’ conception and birth and again when he had spent time alone in the desert for forty days. The period from Ash Wednesday until Easter is known as Lent and recalls these forty days.
Later, in the Easter story Jesus of Nazareth is arrested, tried and executed by crucifixion. A secret disciple (follower) of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, asked for the body and laid it in the tomb he intended to be buried in himself. There wasn’t time to prepare the body properly for burial as the following day was the Jewish Sabbath, on which no work was allowed. So it was the first day of the week, when the disciples were able to visit the tomb in order to do what was customary. Mary Magdalene was the first of Jesus’ disciples to arrive at the tomb with other women (named in Mark’s gospel as Mary the mother of James, and Salome. Jesus had brothers including James.) They found that the tomb was open and the body was missing.
Already heart-broken by Jesus’ death, Mary Magdalene was even more shocked and upset. She rushed to find the other disciples. Peter and John went back with her. Mary Magdalene was one of the women, who saw the angels in the tomb.
Further reading: Angels by Billy Graham
The four accounts in the New Testament
Matthew 28:1-9, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12 and John 19:38 to 20:12
My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.
For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.
A is for arc – a curve
Long or short. With a letter more
An arch is two arcs which serve
To hold up a wall over a window or door.
An arc is part of a circle. It is not to be confused with Noah’s ark or the Ark of the Covenant, which could both be described as containers. They were physical spaces! The story of the Noah’s ark is to be found in the Bible ( Genesis 5-10)
Detailed instructions for constructing the Ark of the Covenant were received by Moses. The link goes to the beginning of the story.
Some photos of arches and an arc.
Arches at Furness Abbey
Arches on Iona
The arc of a rainbow
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