Friday, October 16, 2015

The Mystery Channel

I don't watch much television but I do enjoy a mystery! This is from November 23, 2011.
I've mentioned in the past that one thing I love about staying with my brothers is television. Both Dave and Scott have cable TV which I lack in my living quarters. The thing I like about cable is the very reason I can't have it in my apartment; there is always something I want to watch and I tend to put off doing things which need to be done. Yesterday was no exception. In the morning at Dave and Sally's, I found myself watching a program on the History Channel called Decoded. In this show, four specialists look at a historical riddle and try to figure it out. On Tuesday morning, I found myself engrossed in the case of 1971 hijacker, D.B. Cooper and whether his identity can be ascertained forty years later. Next, in a back-to-back episode, they explored what happened to the original cornerstone laid at the White House over two hundred years ago. The history teacher in me loves the examination of evidence and witnesses. The rest of me just loves the riddle.

The term mystery is used twenty-six times in the Scriptures but its use is confined to only three authors. Mystery appears six times in Daniel and four times in Revelation. However, Paul makes use of the term sixteen times in his epistles. Typical of his usage is the following passage from Colossians 1, verse 27:
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Paul invariably uses mystery in regards to Jesus and often in reference to His relationship mong the Gentiles. And Paul makes it plain this mystery is understandable. Since I am a Gentile, that makes me very happy! And at this time of year, very thankful!

Applicable quote of the day:
"A religion without mystery must be a religion without God."
Jeremy Taylor

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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