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If you are willing to listen, you will learn;
If you give heed, you will be wise.
Sirach 6:33

In these times of noise and information coming at us, it is often hard to listen and hard to know what to listen to. But when the right message comes, we should heed and be wise. Which brings up my second Bible quote of the post:

Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by.
There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD
—but the LORD was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake
—but the LORD was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire
—but the LORD was not in the fire; after the fire, a light silent sound.

When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, Why are you here, Elijah?
1 Kings 19: 11-13

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  1. Mark Camp Member

    I did not understand the second passage. Could someone help?

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    • October 15, 2020, at 7:08 AM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    … and then Elijah tells God what he had already told God, and God tells him where to go and what to do. And Elijah does it.

    Thanks, Clavius.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 7:11 AM PDT
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  3. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    God is not in the noise, God is the small voice you must listen for carefully.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 7:14 AM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    Clavius: If you are willing to listen, you will learn;
    If you give heed, you will be wise.
    Sirach 6:33

    And the Protestants say, “Who?” 😁


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    • October 15, 2020, at 7:33 AM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I love especially the Elijah quote, Clavius. We all have access to that still, small voice, if we will only be quiet enough and listen. Thanks.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 10:33 AM PDT
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  6. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I love especially the Elijah quote, Clavius. We all have access to that still, small voice, if we will only be quiet enough and listen. Thanks.

    Yes, I have always liked that particular passage very much. Such a good and important message about the need to find the quiet to listen, and to look past the thunder and lightning of life.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 11:13 AM PDT
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  7. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    I did not understand the second passage. Could someone help?

    Generally, I agree with Clavius that God is more often heard in silence. That is when we are truly attentive and not distracted. But of course God also speaks in miracles and awesome terrors, like the great flood of Egypt and the writing on the wall in Babylon. 

    Like any person of love, God tends to speak softly but shouts when He needs to.

    My main take away from that second passage is that most people look for dazzling signs but are fooled by spectacle. They rely on animal senses and logic alone, neglecting the spirit. We must seek the Lord’s help in hearing Him. With His guiding Spirit, we may discern His will in both the thunder and the gentle breeze.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 12:21 PM PDT
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  8. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    I did not understand the second passage. Could someone help?

    Generally, I agree with Clavius that God is more often heard in silence. That is when we are truly attentive and not distracted. But of course God also speaks in miracles and awesome terrors, like the great flood of Egypt and the writing on the wall in Babylon.

    Like any person of love, God tends to speak softly but shouts when He needs to.

    My main take away from that second passage is that most people look for dazzling signs but are fooled by spectacle. They rely on animal senses and logic alone, neglecting the spirit. We must seek the Lord’s help in hearing Him. With His guiding Spirit, we may discern His will in both the thunder and the gentle breeze.

    Very well put.

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    • October 15, 2020, at 12:38 PM PDT
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  9. Rev. Craig S. Stanford Coolidge

    God is not to be found in the loud violent threatening noise of the “great” and “grand” (the powerful who seek Elijah’s life and silence his call to return to faithfulness), but rather God is found in His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness as He saves the 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to Baal. Elijah had given up, but God comes to Him in kindness and sends him on his way to carry out God’s work. In my theological tradition we see here an anaology to the Law of God which issues demands resulting in death and the Gospel wherein God comes to us the lowly and humble in His Word to save us. 

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    • October 15, 2020, at 5:32 PM PDT
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  10. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    Rev. Craig S. Stanford (View Comment):

    God is not to be found in the loud violent threatening noise of the “great” and “grand” (the powerful who seek Elijah’s life and silence his call to return to faithfulness), but rather God is found in His grace, mercy, forgiveness, and kindness as He saves the 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to Baal. Elijah had given up, but God comes to Him in kindness and sends him on his way to carry out God’s work. In my theological tradition we see here an anaology to the Law of God which issues demands resulting in death and the Gospel wherein God comes to us the lowly and humble in His Word to save us.

    Amen

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    • October 15, 2020, at 8:44 PM PDT
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  11. Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… Contributor

    I’ve heard as well that the mountain that Elijah was hiding on was actually Mount Sinai, where the Lord showed Himself to Moses, with things like winds, earthquakes and fire. 

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    • October 16, 2020, at 3:10 AM PDT
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  12. Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… Contributor

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Clavius: If you are willing to listen, you will learn;
    If you give heed, you will be wise.
    Sirach 6:33

    And the Protestants say, “Who?” 

    Don’t tell me, I know this one. Paul’s epistle to the church at Sriracha, right?

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    • October 16, 2020, at 3:11 AM PDT
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  13. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    Hank Rhody, Freelance Philosop… (View Comment):

    I’ve heard as well that the mountain that Elijah was hiding on was actually Mount Sinai, where the Lord showed Himself to Moses, with things like winds, earthquakes and fire.

    My recollection is that it was Mount Horeb and it took him 40 days to get there, matching the time Jesus spent in the desert and Lent.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  14. Arahant Member

    Clavius (View Comment):
    My recollection is that it was Mount Horeb and it took him 40 days to get there, matching the time Jesus spent in the desert and Lent.

    40 is considered a “square” number. When you see it in the Bible, it represents completion. 40 years in the wilderness? 40 days in the desert? 40 days and 40 nights? It’s not about an actual time, but about completion and symmetry.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:06 PM PDT
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  15. Clavius Thatcher
    Clavius

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Clavius (View Comment):
    My recollection is that it was Mount Horeb and it took him 40 days to get there, matching the time Jesus spent in the desert and Lent.

    40 is considered a “square” number. When you see it in the Bible, it represents completion. 40 years in the wilderness? 40 days in the desert? 40 days and 40 nights? It’s not about an actual time, but about completion and symmetry.

    Thank you for that detail.

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    • October 16, 2020, at 12:19 PM PDT
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