The Trees And The Bramble

The Trees And The Bramble

Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21.  This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.

Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon.  Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian.  For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused.  He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.

Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading

Vessel Of Comfort

Vessel Of Comfort

Jeremiah 48:10-12

“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

“Moab has been at ease from his youth
    and has settled on his dregs;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
    nor has he gone into exile;
so his taste remains in him,
    and his scent is not changed.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his jars in pieces.

When I first read these verses I jotted down the word, “stagnant”.  I wasn’t sure why that word came to mind, it was just my gut instinct.  So I thought I do some research about these verses and see what others had to say.  By others, I mean biblical scholars, and of all the ones I read, I most understood the commentaries of John Gill. Continue reading

My Relationship With Music

My Relationship With Music

I have written about the simplicity of God and Christ and how the simplicity of life is you and your relationship with God.  Work on your relationship with God and the rest will fall into place.

I cited Matthew 6:1-8 which is part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Christ talks about how your relationship with God is just between you and God.  Christ talks about getting your heart straight with yourself and with God.  Once this is accomplished or I should say as you keep improving your relationship with God, the rest of your life will fall in line.

When I ponder this I think about how this is also true with music or any art.  Your music, your art is a very private affair. Continue reading

Eating The Sour Grapes

Eating The Sour Grapes

Jeremiah 31:29-30

In those days they shall no longer say:

“‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
    and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

When I read these verses two words came into my head.  We’ll talk about that a little later in this piece.

In ancient times it was thought that the sins of the father, or the “eating of the sour grapes” as referred to in these verses, were paid for by their children and their succeeding generations.  When the Israelites we’re conquered and carried off to Babylon the children were paying for the sins of their fathers.  But many of those children were also eating the sour grapes.  Much like their fathers, the children continued the idolatry and worshiping of false gods.  They continued the abominations practiced by their parents. Continue reading

Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

James 1:13-15

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

What is James talking about in these verses?  He is talking about personal responsibility.

He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing.  We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings.  We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices.  And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading

Return The Fruits

Return The Fruits

Jeremiah 31:16

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the Lord,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

If you were to read the verse that precedes Jeremiah 31:16 you would know that verse sixteen is God speaking about Rachel, whom I guess you could say is the matriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel was one of Jacob’s two wives.  Jacob became Israel,  who was the patriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel had trouble bearing children, but eventually was able to conceive and bear Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve that make up the tribes of Israel.

In verse fifteen, Rachel is said to be weeping for her children.  These verses were written hundreds of years after Rachel’s death, so they are referring to the descendants of Jacob that were now being plundered and taken into captivity. Continue reading

The Circle Of Life (As Taught To Me In Rural West Virginia)

The Circle Of Life (As Taught To Me In Rural West Virginia)

Just a thought that came to me one day on my way to work.  I don’t know why it did but as trivial as it seems the idea fell into place.

I was thinking about some upcoming road trips to our new home in Florida and having to drive the major US highways.

On my way to work I drive stretches of back country roads and I thought how nice it might be to have a couple of days to make a drive to Florida on some secondary highways.  I thought it would be interesting to actually see the east coast of America, especially south of Washington DC into Florida.

This got me to thinking about all the trips my wife and I have taken over the years. Continue reading