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In the early centuries of the church there was a controversy about the exact nature of Christ. Is He both God and man?
Ephrem the Syrian (~306-373 AD ) used hymns/poetry to teach Biblical truths. Here is an example:
–o– –o– –o– –o–
Mary bore a mute Babe,
though in Him were hidden all our tongues. [languages]
Joseph carried Him, yet hidden in Him was
a silent nature older than everything.
The Lofty One became like a little child, yet
hidden in Him was a treasure of Wisdom sufficient for all.
The Magi offered myrrh and gold,
although hidden in Him was a treasure of wealth.
The magi offered to Him from what was His:
myrrh and frankincense that He had brought into existence and created.
Coffee/tea thought: Ponder Ephrem’s imagery of a seemingly weak and helpless Baby, yet Older, Creator and Owner of all that exists.
Ref: Excerpts from Hymn 4, Hymns On the Nativity, in EPHREM THE SYRIAN – HYMNS, translated from Syriac by Kathleen McVey (1989)
December 16th, 2019
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