In which are more favorite quotes from the 1st century Didache

by Craig on September 10, 2012

 

Into an inkwell like this dipped the pen to write the Didache.

It looks like a cup, but it's only about an inch tall. It's an inkwell from the 1st century - like the one dipped into to write the Didache.

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It was 80 AD, only a few apostles remained.
The church was still in its infancy, and growing.
Heresy was prowling outside and within its gates.

The Didache helped keep everybody on the same page.

The series on the Didache, the early church owner’s manual, began here.
And it’s part of a larger series on the Apostolic Fathers, which began here.

My favorite quotes from the Didache continue…

♥✞ღ The way of life, then, is this: First, you shall love God who made you; second, love your neighbor as yourself…

♥✞ღ You shall not hate any man; but some you should reprove, and for some you should pray…

♥✞ღ Accept whatever happens to you as good, knowing that apart from God nothing comes to pass.

♥✞ღ And when giving thanks [for the Eucharist – the Lord’s supper] do so in this manner: first, concerning the cup: “We thank you, our Father, for the holy vine of your son David, which you have made known to us through your son Jesus; to you be the glory forever.”

And concerning the broken bread:

We thank You, our Father, for the life and knowledge which You made known to us through Jesus, Your Servant; to You be the glory forever. Even as this broken bread was once scattered over the hills, and then gathered [the wheat harvested, sifted, ground] in order to became one, so let Your Church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into Your Kingdom; for Yours is the glory and the power through Jesus Christ forever.

♥✞ღ But let no one eat or drink of your Eucharist, unless they have been baptized in the name of the Lord…

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♥✞ღ You have given food and drink to men for enjoyment, that they might give thanks to You; but to us You freely give spiritual food and drink and life eternal…

(the early church clearly believed that the Eucharist was more than just a remembrance – no big theological debate here – just sayin’)

♥✞ღ Whoever visits and teaches you in agreement with things that have been taught before, receive him. But if the teacher errs and teaches a different doctrine he does so to his own destruction.

♥✞ღ Let every apostle who comes to you be received as you would the Lord..

(So, at least some of the apostles were still living when the Didache was written.)

♥✞ღ If he [a prophet or teacher] who comes is a only visiting, assist him as far as you are able; but he shall not remain with you more than two or three days, if need be. But if he wants to remain with you, and is an artisan, let him work and eat. And if he has no trade, use your best judgment, see to it that, as a Christian, he shall not live with you idle.

And there are lots more…

the Didache is brimming with of useful, 1st century stuff.

Please come back.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando September 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I heart the Eucharistic prayers! Oh, wow! The scattered bread upon the hillsides coming together as one body. Beautiful!
I’ll be sure and come back, my friend.
Blessings!

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Craig September 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

and it’s those Eucharistic prayers that are one of the keys to dating the Didache – the theology is pretty simple – not like the “formulas” that would come later. And yeah, the body being gathered together like the bread – I thought that was awesome too. Thank you Martha. God bless and keep you my friend.

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A. September 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Thank you for continuing to share these things with us, Craig. Thank you for taking the time to do so. I am blessed when I come here and read. Bless Craig, too, Father.

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Craig September 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm

that’s the word I’ve always used from the beginning A – sharing – I don’t teach stuff – I learn – and then I share – and I don’t learn anything that nobody else can’t learn – I’m not special – I just like to dig – and then I like to share (well Seminary helped too) – anyway thank you for always being there. God bless you A.

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Debbie September 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Wonderful quotes, Craig. I am really loving this look into the early church. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! God bless you and give you strength!

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Craig September 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Debbie, first of all you know I have to apologize for responding so late. It is taking far longer than I expected to get this brain back together. It’s so much harder to leave the “there and nowhere” and get back to the here and now – and STAY here. Normal treatments don’t really work for this because it’s a sleep thing – and they just don’t know how to deal with it – so mostly I have to deal with it on my own. I need to make that time that I have spent, where I have spent it, means something other than just a bunch of destruction. by the way I’ll be “monetizing” the blogs soon – I’ll be sending an e-mail out to some of my favorite readers – but know this – when you get the e-mail – you’re not just one of my favorite readers – you’re like the ORIGINAL reader – and friend. God bless you Deb!

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A. September 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm

“You shall not hate any man, but some you should reprove and for some you should pray…” I really heart the wisdom of this. It makes more clear what love looks like, and love isn’t a door mat and doesn’t just roll over and belly up. Sometimes that is the definition of ‘turn the other cheek’ that is preached, essentially.

Love rereading here, again, today, Craig.

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