People will tell you that the Bible is antiquated.
What does antiquated mean?
“Very old and no longer useful, popular or accepted: very old fashion, obsolete”
Or how about this definition:
“Outmoded or discredited by reason of age; being out of style of fashion”
Many people do consider the Bible to be very old, no longer popular or accepted. Many consider it to be out of style and out of fashion.
But to say it is no longer useful or to discredit it by reason of age is foolish.
The Bible is not antiquated. Continue reading
“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
At the beginning of Matthew Chapter 13, Jesus tells the crowd, The Parable of the Sower. If you like, go to your Bible, either book or online, and read the parable. I’ll continue assuming that you are familiar with it. And if you are familiar with the parable, then I am going to assume you are also familiar with the explanation that Jesus gave to his disciples as referenced in the beginning of this post. Continue reading
A drought against her waters,
that they may be dried up!
For it is a land of images,
and they are mad over idols.
If you read the verses before and after this one (35 through 40), you’ll realize that Jeremiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon because of their oppression of Israel. But that’s not why I wrote down this verse. I wrote it down because of the second half of the verse and how it is still relevant today. Continue reading
The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
The Disciples of Christ asked why he was teaching the masses in parables, which for many, were difficult to understand. They wondered why Christ did not tell all the followers and all the leaders of his coming, his purpose, and the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading
2nd Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it. It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.
I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. Continue reading
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
After I read these verses I wrote the verse numbers on a slip of paper that I keep on the nightstand by my bed. I keep paper and pen there for just such an occasion. The note that I wrote about these verses was just two words; habits and diligence. Continue reading
When their drink is gone they give themselves to whoring, their rulers dearly love shame.
I knew what this meant to me when I first read it and wrote down the verse. But I thought I would read what scholarly people think of it and compare my thoughts with theirs.
The scholars and theologians say this verse deals with the tribe of Ephraim, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, that has become a bunch of drunks, alcoholics, the people along with their leaders.
That may be true for the times this book was written but here is my modern day assessment of this verse.
Society today loves its “feel good”. Continue reading
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Just a quick post about this short, simple and eloquent verse.
In the verses preceding this verse, Christ is instructing his disciples before they are sent out to preach the word of God. Christ sends his messengers out into the world with nothing, no worldly things. He tells them that while they are traveling and delivering the gospel to receive nothing more than what they need to sustain life. Christ instructs them to forsake worldly items and desires. Continue reading
Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’
This is a lesson for many of us today.
So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.
Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.
No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.
This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives. We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading