A Lamp for Today show

A Lamp for Today

Summary: Understanding the Old Testament With Jesus and the Apostles - Join Edith Humphrey in reading Old Testament passages designed to bring to life the weekly Gospel and/or Epistle reading for the Divine Liturgy. Discover how the apostles and the New Testament writers followed the pattern of Jesus in their understanding of the Holy Scriptures of the early Church - the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.

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 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 39: Invitation to Worship and Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:21

The final section of the book of Revelation leads us to a sense of deep mystery, yet satisfaction. We read Rev 22:8-21 in the light of Deut 30:19; Genesis 1-3; Deut 30:19; Daniel 8:26, 12:14.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 38: The River, The Tree, and The Face | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:46

We read Rev. 22:1-7 in the light of Genesis 1-3, Psalm 1, Psalm 35/36, and Daniel 7, and with the help of ancient commentators, west and east.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 37: The Bride, the City, and the Eternal Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:06

We read the astounding and exhilarating climactic vision of Rev 21:9-27 in the light of Exodus 28:15-21, Daniel 2:34-35, Ezekiel 40-43, Isaiah 2:2-3, Isaiah 54:11-14 and Psalm 47/8:13-15. Rather than simply being spectators of this vision, we find ourselves inscribed in it, sharing the very glory of God.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 36: New Heaven and New Earth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:32

This week we read Revelation 21:1-8, understanding it in the light of Isaiah 65-66, Colossians 1:19-20, Eph 3:10, 2 Pet 3:12-13, and Hebrews 11:10, 16; 12:22: 13:14. With the angels, we are astonished that God promises to renew heaven and well as earth, and has already begun this transformation in the Holy Spirit.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 35: The Thousand Years and “Unto Ages of Ages” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:35

We read Revelation 20:1-15 in the light of the gospels, Psalm 85:10-11 and Isaiah 66:24. This chapter leads us not only into the vivid climax of the Apocalypse, but into two heated debates among those who name Christ; millennialism, and universalism. It reminds us that God’s justice and love are in harmony, and that even now, He reigns.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 34: Open Heaven, the White Rider with Many Names, and the Lake of Fire | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:10

In Revelation 19:11-21, the heavens are opened, revealing the mounted Word of God, and His final conquest over evil. We are helped with this exhilarating and disturbing passage by seeing echoes in Psalm 72/71:2, Psalm 44/5:3-5, Isaiah 63:1-3, and listening to the wisdom of ancient commentators.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 33: Hallelujah Choruses, the Bride Who Clothes Herself & the Invitation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:36

This week we read Revelation 19:1-10 in the light of Isaiah 61:10, Genesis 3:21, Matthew 16:27, and 1 Peter 5:5, noting that the praises of God are undergirded by substantial reasons, that we are called to cooperate in our salvation, and that we have been blessed in a way that confers unimaginable dignity upon human beings.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 32: Babylon, Three Woes and a Funeral | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:08

This week we behold the dramatic laments and final symbolic action concerning Babylon. The colorful vision of Rev 18:9-24, amplified by Amos 3:15-4:2, reveals the network of evil and oppression surrounding “Babylon,” and leads us forward towards joy in the victory of the God’s light and truth.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 31: Three Speeches About Babylon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:42

This week we consider Revelation 18:1-8, considering the inevitable judgment of Babylon in the light of the prophet Isaiah (13:21-22; 47:7-9) and Malachi.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 30: Dark Mystery, the Dirty Deal, and Double-Dealing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:40

This week we consider Revelation 17 in the light of Jeremiah’s words concerning historical Babylon. The dark mystery of the visionary Babylon instructs us on the unreal nature of human and demonic power when it is sought in defiance of the living God.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 29: The Seven Bowls, the Word of the LORD, and Remembering Babylon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:15

This week we consider Revelation 16 as an intensification of Exodus 7-12, looking to Haggai 2:6-7, and various other NT passages, as well as some Church fathers, in our reading of this sobering passage.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 28: The Sign of the Seven Angels, the Song, the Sea, and the Smoke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:07

This week we look at the short but challenging chapter fifteen of Revelation, in the light of Exodus 40:35; 2 Ch/Kingdoms 7:2-3; Isaiah 6:4; and Ezekiel 1:22;10:4; 44:4. We consider how judgment is an essential characteristic of the holy God, not at odds with divine love, and meditate upon the difficult phrase “the wrath of God.”

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 27: Wheat, Wine, and Judgment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:13

This week we study a passage of the Apocalypse that focusses upon judgment, and uses startling imagery. We are helped by ancient commentators, as well as by contextualizing Revelation 14:14-20 within the teaching of Jesus himself, as well as in Old Testament passages such as Psalm 1, Joel 3:11-18, and Isaiah 63:1-6. Judgment, though difficult, is a necessary complement to redemption.

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 26: Many Waters, Right Worship, and Solemn Words | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:09

We read of the joy, warnings, and blessings of God in Rev 14:1-13, helped in our interpretation by St. Andrew of Caesarea, St. Bede, and St. Augustine, as well as three passages from the OT— 2 Kings 6, 2 Sam 11:6-13, Genesis 2:1-3. Because of its imagery, the worship in heaven may seem exclusive; however, all who follow the Lamb are invited to join in the “new song.”

 Lighting Up the Apocalypse 25: The Second Beast from the Earth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:55

We read Revelation 13:11-18 in light of current interpretation (even among Orthodox readers), the fathers, and LXX Daniel “Bel and the Dragon,” 12b: 1-42. This chapter is not significant for identifying in our day the figure numbered 666 nor the mark of the beast. Instead, it prepares us for faithfulness, the possibility of exclusion or even martyrdom, and sober worship of the God of all.


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