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Thursday, September 07, 2006

We Can't Imagine

I have been preparing a funeral bulletin for an older man who has died in our church at work today. The family wants this verse opposite the order of service. I was so awestruck at this verse, I wanted to post it. Although I have read it many times before, it really hit me today. Wow!

"…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (I Cor. 2:9)


  • While I hesitate to mix the sacred with the profane, this verse caused me to think of Shakespeare's verse:

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
    Hamlet (I, v, 166-167)

    By Blogger Malchymist, at 9/07/2006 4:27 PM  

  • Rose~
    That is striking.

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 9/07/2006 4:58 PM  

  • Excellent verse, and one that reminds us of the brevity of life.

    God bless,

    By Blogger Jim, at 9/07/2006 9:09 PM  

  • Rose,

    I happen to know that this verse will "preach", and it is a great sentiment during this time of tragedy. But is is oft taken out of context.

    The next verse states:

    1 Cor 2:10

    10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit

    By Blogger Antonio, at 9/07/2006 9:17 PM  

  • Yes that is a most beloved promise so great as if we were on the cross hearing Christ tell us "Most Assuredly I tell you...today you will be with me in paradise."

    Oh we have much to look forward to.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 9/07/2006 9:23 PM  

  • It is a good verse. I have rather small expectations, I think.

    By Blogger The IBEX Scribe, at 9/08/2006 7:27 AM  

  • Yes, it amazing how the Spirit will minister His truth through the scriptures (sometimes out of context) and give us a greater understanding of His ultimate purposes.

    Another precious verse to me at times of a believers death is -

    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones.

    By Blogger Leo, at 9/08/2006 7:53 AM  

  • I still don't think Roses application is entirely out of context. Yes the Spirit of God now lets us experience eternal life and a greater understanding of Him...as the Apostle Paul testified..there is still things to wonderful to be uttered one day.

    Eternal life begins now and is a free gift that we begin to enjoy now...John 17:3 and when we see him face to face...well our eyes just cannot know yet.

    By Blogger Bhedr, at 9/08/2006 8:25 PM  

  • Wow what a verse!!

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 9/09/2006 1:14 AM  

  • Hi Rose~

    Your post reads "The family wants this verse opposite the order of service." (emphasis mine)

    For clarification, this was the desire of the the family and not your idea, Right?

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 9/09/2006 8:43 AM  

  • Hey everyone,
    Thanks for your comments. I Have been under the weather and have not entered much in the way of comments. I read all of yours and I really appreciate your thoughts and your visits to my blog.

    What do you suppose it is referring to when it says eye hath not seen etc, but that God has revealed it to us? Do you think the verse is talking about eternal life?
    You are right - whenever I had heard or read the verse, I had thought of it as the glorified life with Him after earthly departure. I had not paid a lot of attention to the verse following. You are making me think.

    J. Wendell,
    Yes it was not my idea.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 9/12/2006 10:10 AM  

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