Vision #AtoZChallenge

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.

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter V

Vision has a few meanings. It can mean eyesight or a waking dream or foresight (imagining or being aware of what will happen in the future). The word appears over 100 times in the Bible.

Dreams and visions are often mentioned together as ways God speaks to people. Often they are accompanied by a voice from heaven.

In the Old Testament only a small proportion of the population were reported to have visions from God. They were all prophets. Numbers 12:6

In the New Testament prophecy became more usual as the Holy Spirit began to be given to all believers.

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Abraham and Jacob had visions. Genesis 15 and Genesis 46:1-4

All these prophets had visions: Samuel 1 Samuel 3 ,Nathan, Ahijah the Shilonite, Iddo 2 Chronicles 9:29, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Zechariah (not the father of John the baptiser, but an earlier prophet.)

While some visions were of good things in the future, others were warnings of disaster. Isaiah’s vision of a vineyard Isaiah 5:1-7

In the New Testament important visions were given to Saul, who became Paul, and Ananias, who healed Paul’s blindness. Acts 9:1-19

Zechariah the father of John the baptiser had a vision Luke 1:22

A strange vision

While I was staying at Simon the Tanner’s house in Jaffa, I made a habit of resting and praying on the roof in the afternoons. After all it was too hot to do anything at that time of day.

One afternoon I was almost asleep, when I saw a vision of a large sheet descending from heaven. It was being held by its four corners and contained all kinds of living creatures. None of them was the sort, which have cloven hooves and chew the cud. They reminded me of the sea creatures we used to throw back as useless.

Then a voice said, ‘Rise up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

There was nothing permitted for us Jews with our strict dietary rules. I realised it was the Lord, but I could not believe what he was saying.

‘Surely not, Lord.’

He told me not to call anything impure or unclean that he had made. This happened three times. The Lord likes to do things in threes. I recall how he asked me three times on the beach, ‘Do you love me?’

Then there was a knock on the door; some Gentiles were asking for me. Without the vision I’d not have had any dealings with them. My wits may not be the quickest, but even I could see what this vision had been about.

I invited them in and listened to their request. The next day we travelled to Cornelius’ house, so that I could speak about the Lord Jesus.

Then what the prophet Joel had foretold came true as the Gentile believers received the Holy Spirit just as we had and were baptised afterwards .

This story is based on Acts 10-11:18, John 21:15-19 and Joel 2:28

I wrote the first draft during an online writers’ day run by the Association of Christian Writers in a workshop led by Bobbie Ann Cole.


V is for Vinegar

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

In the Easter story Jesus of Nazareth (Letter J) was executed by crucifixion (Letter C). As he was dying he called out that he was thirsty. Because there was a supply to hand, the Roman soldiers offered him a sponge dipped in wine vinegar. John 19:28-30 

The vinegar is also mentioned in the other three Gospels (Letter G), but the context varies slightly. Matthew 27:47-49Mark 15:35-37 and Luke 23:35-37

Vinegar has plenty of uses, but is quenching thirst one of them?

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.


V is for vanishing point #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

V is for vanishing point – a term
From drawing in perspective.
It helps us see a 2D picture as if it were
In 3D. Construction lines are elective.

I remember an art lesson, when we considered the built-up area around our school. We had to think about a long straight street and the way the road and the buildings in the distance seemed to converge to a point – the vanishing point.

Parallel lines along a beck (stream)

Where I live now, because of hills and winding roads, it is quite difficult to find a similar view. The photo I have chosen for this post is one I took, because of the reflections. It does demonstrate the way that parallel lines appear to converge in the distance. In this case they are not long enough to reach the vanishing point.

There are accounts in the Bible of characters vanishing. Examples include Jesus after he had been crucified and had risen from the dead, an angel after rescuing Peter, Philip after he had baptised the Ethiopian official. All these stories are in the Acts of the Apostles, which reads like a very exciting adventure story.

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