Hidden in a Babe

中文: Chinese Version

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 ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: Ponder Ephrem’s imagery of a seemingly weak and helpless Baby, yet Older, Creator and Owner of all that exists.

John

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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