Sermon for September 15, 2019

The Sound of Silence — I Kings 19:12-13

 ·   דְּמָמָה dmâmâh, dem-aw-maw’; feminine from H1826; quiet:—
         calm, silence, still.

  ·  דַּק daq, dak; from H1854; crushed, i.e. (by implication) small or
      thin:—dwarf, lean(-fleshed), very little thing, small, thin.

  ·  קוֹל qôwl, kole; or קֹל qôl; from an unused root meaning to call
       aloud; a voice or sound;
aloud, bleating, crackling, cry(out
       fame, lightness, lowing, noise, hold peace, (pro-) claim,
      proclamation, sing, sound, spark, thunder(-ing), voice, yell

Kol d’ da.ka—the sound of thin silence OR
is it roaring and thundering voice?

           Job 4:13-17                   Psalm 107:24-31

The midrash turns the text into a dialogue:

Elijah:  The Israelites have broken God’s covenant.
God: Is it then your covenant?
Elijah:  They have torn down Your altars
God: But were they your altars?
Elijah:  They have put Your prophets to the sword.
God:  But you are alive.
Elijah:  I alone am left.
God: Instead of hurling accusations against Israel, should you not have pleaded their cause? 4
Hebrews 12:18-24—God’s Law (Thundervoice)-vs. God’s Grace (Still Small Voice)


1  “H1827— demanah—Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV),” Blue Letter Bible.  Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.

“H1851— daq—Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible.  Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.

“H6963— qowl– Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 10 Sept. 2019

4  Shir ha-Shirim Rabbah1;6 Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.

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