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Hermes at General Conference

Posted by kirkcaudle on April 3, 2010

In Acts 14:11-12 we read:

 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.

 So just who was Hermes?

 He was the messenger of the gods. Hermes guided the souls of the dead down to the underworld. However, Hermes did more than just deliver a message to the people. Richard Palmer, in his book Hermeneutics, sees Hermes related to the latin word sermo and verbum, which mean “to say” and “word” respectively. Palmer goes on to say that, “This suggests that the minister, in bringing the Word, is ‘announcing’ and ‘asserting’ something; his function is not merely to explain but to proclaim” (14).

 What does Hermes have to do with us today?

Hermes acted as a sort of go-between god and man. The crowd portrayed in Acts viewed Paul one who acted as a spokesman for the gods. Paul was an ancient Apostle. Today we have modern Apostles. We are privileged to hear these Apostles speak to us twice per year. These modern Apostles of God act as Paul of old did as they proclaim the word of God. These modern Apostles of God act as a modern-day Hermes bringing a message from God above down to us here down below. Like Hermes, these Apostles do more than merely explain scripture and bear testimony. Rather, they proclaim the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we watch General Conference this weekend may we all keep in mind that the words spoken are given to these set-apart messengers by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For I truly believe that the Gospel should not only be studied, but also proclaimed. General Conference is an excellent time to receive inspiration on how to do both.

2 Responses to “Hermes at General Conference”

  1. kerik said

    Thank you for posting this I love your insights. They really help me! I will have this in mind when I watch tomorrow.

  2. Kullervo said

    Hail Hermes!

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