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Bible Time Capsule Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

Bible Time Capsule

Blow the dust off that thing and see what's inside.

At a Glance

Time capsules are ways we sometimes choose to send messages to the future. Some of the capsules buried in the 1950s and 1960s are now coming due. In today's text, the Hebrews experience a "time-capsule" moment when the Scriptures are read to them. They hear the word of the Lord as though they're hearing it for the first time.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Connect the Dots," January 22, 1995, at

Did you ever make a time capsule when you were in grade school? Or did you grow up in a small town where one was nostalgically buried in the city square?

These little tombs of trinkets attempt to communicate something of our lives and culture to future generations. Admittedly, that Thanksgiving turkey drawn with a tracing of your 1st grade hand won't communicate a lot when the class of 2025 unearths the time capsule left by Mrs. Hansen's class.

But there are many formal time capsule projects intending to communicate real messages...

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