Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

Special Tools

Special Tools

Isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me

This is God talking to King Cyrus.

In this verse God is reminding Cyrus where his power and authority come from.  God reminds Cyrus not to get too full of himself and start thinking of himself as a god.

As king of Persia, Cyrus conquered Babylon which was a great power at the time. So Cyrus was a pretty powerful king to conquer such a powerful nation. Continue reading

Giving Up Our Moral Authority

Giving Up Our Moral Authority

This is a follow up to my previous post “For Comfort and Convenience”.  The post was about how the Israelites were willing to give up a piece of their freedom for a king.  They still wanted a king even after being  duly warned by Samuel. They wanted someone to fight their battles, someone to give them comfort and convenience and they were willing to give up a piece of their freedom.

After writing that post, I began to think more about a verse in 1 Samuel 8, verse 7.

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

God says, “but they have rejected me from being king over them”. Continue reading

Silent Dogs

Silent Dogs

Isaiah 56:9-12

All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
    all you beasts in the forest.
His watchmen are blind;
    they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
    they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
    loving to slumber.
The dogs have a mighty appetite;
    they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
    they have all turned to their own way,
    each to his own gain, one and all.
“Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
    let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
    great beyond measure.”

The heading of these verses in the English Standard Version of the Bible is “Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders”.

Isaiah is speaking to Israel who has stop walking in the way of the Lord.  Isaiah is pointing out that their deviation from God and righteousness is coming from the top down.  He is speaking of leaders who have turned from doing what is right for the people and are only doing what is best for the leaders’ own benefit.  And of course if you have read some of my previous posts you will know that I see this ancient commentary on society as being as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Continue reading

A Whoring We Go

A Whoring We Go

Hosea 13:5-6

It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
    in the land of drought;
but when they had grazed, they became full,
    they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
    therefore they forgot me.

I thought there wasn’t a whole lot to right about this verse, I just really liked it.

I really like how the ancient texts from the Bible are still applicable and will always be applicable throughout man’s existence. Continue reading

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Isaiah 30:8-10

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.
For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions”

I thought these verses coincided with much of what I see in the world today.  I guess it’s always been like this.

Israel is seeking salvation from Egypt, which would upset anyone who knows their history with Egypt.  Here is a people who were previously enslaved by the Egyptians and now they are willing to buy protection from the Egyptians.  They are willing to potentially give up their freedom in order to have the perception of being safe. Continue reading

Music Has Charm

Music Has Charm

As I was reading through 1 Samuel I came across more examples of how music is truly a wonderful gift from God.  These verses demonstrate the power of moving air in waves at various frequencies to produce a healing and enlightening power.  These are the things they never teach about music in school.

1 Samuel 10:4-6

And they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from their hand.  After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And there, as soon as you come to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, is explaining to Saul what will happen as he is to become the first king of Israel. Continue reading