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.
1

  ·  דַּק daq, dak; from H1854; crushed, i.e. (by implication) small or
      thin:—dwarf, lean(-fleshed), very little thing, small, thin.
2

  ·  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
3

Kol d’ma.ma 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)

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1  “H1827— demanah—Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV),” Blue Letter Bible.  Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.
https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1827&t=KJV

“H1851— daq—Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible.  Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.
https://www.blueletterbible.org//lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1851&t=KJV

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

4  Shir ha-Shirim Rabbah1;6
https://www.sefaria.org/Shir_HaShirim_Rabbah.1.1?lang=bi. Accessed 10 Sept. 2019.

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