Five One Things in the Bible

It was new to me. “Five ‘One Things’,”  he wrote. Nicky Gumbel introduced me through Bible In On Year to a sermon he had heard in 1974, titled that way.  It is interesting and let me share what I got from searching a bit about it. The phrases are from Chris Goswami’s blog :


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The Watchman | John 1:9-12

“Watchman… O watchman…” We hear that cry everyday. Paid peanuts, these men serve 12 hour shifts. While we have tea and snacks at the comfort of our homes, they’re served deprecative words in bowls of aggressive language. Some are lucky to receive smiles. Yet, very often, they’re a picked on lot.“Look, he’s dozing again.” “Lazy old man.” When he salutes us, we actually begin to think we are their superiors and that we deserve it.

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The Waiting Spouse | Luke 15:10; Isaiah 30:18

It is common in Indian culture for a wife to wait for her husband to return home in order to have her dinner. If you’re an Indian, you may have seen your mother doing so. Sometimes, the commute to work in Mumbai may take one and a half to two hours one-way (I was told that Ullhasnagar parish has their choir practice at 9 pm!). So in the meanwhile, your mother may ask you to have dinner, yet insist that she would eat when her spouse arrives. It is an expression of her love and devotion. It is an act of faith, knowing that her husband would return. When he delays, his number is dialled, more than once, if needed. On arriving she would want to know what had happened. If he’s getting too late, she may stand at the door or go downstairs, as though he would be standing there.

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The Bai | Isaiah 53 : 3-4


Bai /maids who come and help clean the house are an integral part of Mumbai daily lives. While families are often busy working, the bai carries out our tasks : ensuring clean floors, washed plates and many years ago, even washing clothes (we mostly have washing machines today). Although these days we don’t term them servants explicitly, they often lead a life of one and try to make a living of it.

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The co-traveller | 1 Kings 17 : 1-24

He travels by train with us. He was the one who fed and quenched Elijah’s thirst at Kerith. When Kerith dried up, God fed him through a widow who was about to starve to death (1 Kings 17:1-24).
Nonetheless, we see God was with Elijah on the mountain top as well as at the brook of Kerith. He was with him through his starting point and his destination.

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Need forgiveness? | Ephesians 1:7-10

 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:7-10

The root word for lavish  in v.8 is perisseuo meaning to abound, to exceed, to overflow, etc. I am reminded of times when we’re having fun in the pool, river or sea. We  sort of attack our friends in the mirth by pushing water at them continuously to the point that they do the same and we’re hardly able to breathe until we stop. That’s the picture that comes to my mind when I read perisseuo/abound exceedingly.

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