The Marking of Time

To read the Bible in a year, read Zephaniah.
We mark time primarily by calendar dates. For example, I would say that I have been preaching from 1980 to 2007, so far anyway. I would not say I have preached during the administrations of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. That is, however, the way the ancient Hebrews would say it, “The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah” (Zephaniah 1:1). Notice that most of the other prophets do the same thing.
It is interesting the different ways we have of marking time. It is also common to mark time by significant events, such as for Americans, the terrorist attacks of September 11th. You automatically know the year to which I make reference and you can immediately think of what job you had, where you were living and so on.
The Hebrew prophets marked time by the reign of their kings, and, well, we do the same! Did you know that? Where did I get the dates 1980 and 2007? The western nations used to say, “In the year of our Lord” and then give the date, showing how many years since Jesus the Lord came into the world. Anno Domini is Latin for “In the year of our Lord,” or we can abbreviate it AD, which should precede the year and BC (Before Christ) should follow the year when writing it down. Today is December 24, AD 2007.
In The Bible Meditator, I have used AD for a long time, and I shall start using it with these e-mail devotionals to remind everyone that we are serving during the reign of King Jesus.

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