Very often in our everyday life we, consciously or unconsciously, use ideas and expressions which are biblical, but do we know the meaning and significance of these invaluable words? Aren’t we using them inappropriately, out of place? The show “Reflections” touches upon these issues.
“Babylonian confusion” — this is how we call a situation of disorder, noise and mess in a crowd of unacquainted people. But why “Babylonian confusion”?
The Lord said, "If they have begun to do this as one people speaking the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their languages so they may not understand each other."
Unity of people and nations in one common true belief is the Lord’s almighty power and love. If pride and hatred separate people, God’s power leads them to unity, and this is why the Church founded by Jesus Christ stands firm.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light”. When reading these words, like it or not, a question arises: what was there “in the beginning”, what did the world originate from? The answer to this question begins with the same words: “In the beginning”. According to John the Apostle, God’s first words “Let there be light” are the appearance and manifestation of the Son of God on the earth, which the whole Gospel tells us about.
Often we characterize one as prodigal if one has committed many disgusting blunders and is now sorry and returns to those who one has offended and abandoned. However, when we say “prodigal son”, we don’t mean how sinful one is, but how one is loved by his father and that one can always come back to his father. In fact, we should concentrate on merciful love of the Lord.
After being expelled from the Garden of Eden, men began to increase in number on the Earth. However, their evil deeds also increased in number. And the Lord repented that he had made man on the earth, and grieved in his heart. And the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air."
After the flood, Noah's Ark rested on Mount Ararat. The blessing of God bestowed to the humankind in the person of Noah has not wavered, and His mercy upon Noah's generations has not diminished. Therefore, the covenant established through Noah is of unfading significance for all of us.
"Noah's Ark" - this expression reminds us of the "Great Flood." To escape from the forthcoming flood, Noah built at God's command a three-deck vessel, an Ark, for his family, as well as for all the sorts of animals and birds living on the land.
Through Noah, God established his second covenant with the humanity. Noah would become the humanity's second forefather after Adam. The spiritual cause for the flood disaster was the immense corruption of the humankind and God's wrath in response to that.
“Еye for Еye, Тooth for Тooth.” This cruel principle of revenge has become usual to us. However, Jesus Christ calls us to follow the rule of Divine love – to forgive our offenders not expecting anything in return.
“Forbidden fruit” arouses interest in us; it seems so sweet and attractive. Worldly temptations are desires of body, desires of eyes, conceit of this life, which we can confront with the help of God.
“Fig Leaf” is а pitiful thing which people use to cover themselves in shameful situations. Since the times of Adam and Eve what things have men not used as fig leaf to cover their nudity.