Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

When I read this verse I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about it, but I knew I had to write something.

King Solomon decided to seek as much wisdom and knowledge as he could about what goes on in the world.  Solomon says he is going to “apply his heart” which means his very essence and being, to seeking this knowledge.  This is his life’s quest. Continue reading

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:12:15

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Sabbath – a day of rest as commanded by God in the Ten Commandments.  So important is the concept of rest and renewal, that is was in the top five of all the laws given to the Jews by God.

As a child I remember how everything, except for a few restaurants, shut down on Sunday.  It was one day during the week you knew everything was closed and if you were a working man it was the one day you were sure to have off. Continue reading

Cannot Escape The Law

Cannot Escape The Law

Isaiah 24:1-2

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
    as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
    as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

This is just another quick post about the balance of the universe.  Perhaps it would make more sense if I said equality of the universe.  Because Isaiah is writing about God’s consequences for sin and unrighteousness.  God’s will to balance things.

Isaiah writes that none are exempt from this balance of God.  There is no elite race or tribe or class of people who do not suffer the consequences of their actions.  God does not discriminate.  All are culpable for their actions.  These consequences cannot be talked away or bribed away.  From top to bottom all are treated equally.

The discrimination lies with man and where the perceived discrimination of God enters into the picture is through man’s expectations of things that man cannot and will not understand.  The law of balance is applied to everyone and everything.

In verse 4 of Chapter 24, Isaiah tells us how this law applies to all without exception.

The earth mourns and withers;
    the world languishes and withers;
    the highest people of the earth languish.

And in verse 5, Isaiah reminds us as to why this balance exists.

The earth lies defiled
    under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.

So what is the everlasting covenant?

It’s the undisputed fact that there are consequences for your actions, the balance of the universe.  Just like Newton’s Law about every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

So the everlasting covenant with God is the basic ten laws that allow all of us to flourish and survive.  If you break these laws there will be consequences.  You can ignore the laws, say they’re just mythology written by a bunch of superstitious old men, you can never had heard of these laws but the consequences of your actions in regards to these laws will not change.  The balance will always be there.

If you read the remainder of Isaiah Chapter 24 you will read more about how none can or will ever escape the balance of the universe.  No one will ever escape the consequences of their actions, those consequences being God’s law of balance, not man’s expectations.

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Falling Into Temptation

Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading

Vanity of Vanities

Vanity of Vanities

I thought today, since I am writing about the book of Ecclesiastes, I would start from the beginning.  The very first verse tells us in a sort of cryptic way about the author of this book.  They refer to themselves as the Preacher.  Most people believe that person to be King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

If you take this verse at it’s face value, the son of David and King in Jerusalem was Solomon.  Some say that “son” may refer to the lineage of King David, but I’ll keep it simple and stick with Solomon as the Preacher.  Who wrote the book isn’t as important as the lessons being taught in this book.  King Solomon starts teaching from the first verses. Continue reading

The Truth Can Be Hard

The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today. Continue reading

God In Your Heart, Wisdom In Your Head

God In Your Heart, Wisdom In Your Head

Ecclesiastes 8:6-7

For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

King Solomon is speaking of the anxiety that we feel every day.  The fear and worry that we go through no matter how wonderful our lives may be.  We still operate with a small amount of fear and doubt about the future.

It’s a fear of the unknown.  No matter what anyone my try to tell you, there is not, there never has been and there never will be anyone who can honestly predict the future.

You might say, well what about the prophets? Continue reading