- Steven Wright had the following to say about time.
- "I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time."
- "I went to a restaurant that serves breakfast at any time, so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance."
- "Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life."
- This calendar was the standard until the Middle ages.
- Astronomers and mathematicians noticed that the Julian calendar did not jive with the actual solar calendar.
- And it also caused Roman Catholic holidays to fall outside the season traditionally set for them.
- In order to make the adjustment to the new calendar in 1582, 10 days were eliminated from October of that year.
- October 4 was immediately followed by October 15.
- Which meant that the year 1751 began with March 25 and ended with December 31.
- September 1952 lost 11 days in order to correct the calendar to its current form.
I. Chronos Time:
- The Greeks called chronological or sequential time Chronos.
- Chronos is "on thing after another."
- Chronos gives us a marker for determining where we are in history, or life, or a day.
- Chronos is orderly, rhythmic, and predictable. It is what we think of, most often, when we think of time.
- In 1972 I flew to Australia and crossed the International Dateline. On the east side of the Dateline it was March 2. On the west side it was March 4. I lost my birthday that year.
- When 2 planes flew into the Twin Towers in NY City, time really stood still in our nation. Who really thought about "time" during those awful days?
II. Keeping Time:
- Mankind has always been interested in keeping time.
- First the Sun, Moon, planets and starts provided a reference for keeping time. Iceage hunters scratched lines and gouged holes in sticks and bones, possibly counting the days between the phases of the moon.
- 5000 years ago, the Sumerians (Iraq) had a calendar that divided the year into 30 day months and divided the day into 12 periods.
- Stonehenge was built over 4000 years ago apparently to determine celestial and seasonal events.
- The Egyptians created a 365 day calendar that was fixed to the rising of Sirius and predicted the annual flooding of the Nile.
- First of all it is relative, based on arbitrary, human measures.
- Time can be interrupted. It is not dependable. Imagine what happened to time for the families affected by 9-11. Or Katrina.
- Time can also confuse because it causes us to judge life and events by its artificial "passage."
- With God a 1000 years is like a day.
- With my impatient self a day is like a thousand years.
- It's hard to keep that straight with my Seiko.
- In our text God told Israel that the occasion of the Passover would from that moment on become their "January."
- He said that the Passover would become a day of remembrance for them.
- On that day there would be certain practices that they would keep year after year as a way of commemorating the event of that day.
- So God broke into time at the Exodus.
- God broke into time at the coming of Jesus.
- And God will break, one last time, into our time when Jesus returns.
- Time measured by a Blackberry or a watch can be waste, lost, and even ignored.
- Perhaps another way to thinking about time is to ask how another kind of "time" moves under and around, invisibly, the time we participate in here.
- How might that time be wasted through over attention to this time? And what would you have to do in order to give God's time it's due in your life?