Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.
I read these verses and thought about how they fit into the theme of why does God let bad things happen to good people and vice versa. It also goes along with the whole balance of the universe and eventually, on God’s terms, there is a price to pay for sin.
Job questioned it throughout the Book of Job. He wondered why a good and righteous man such as himself, could have such horrible events happen to him. Remember Job lost all his possessions, which were extensive He lost his entire family except for his wife. Job questioned because he looked around and saw the wicked man living in the lap of luxury, while committing sins and having the time of his life. Continue reading
1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.
At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers. They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses. So they were called Judges.
They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic. Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.
Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel. When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.
In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption. And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading
Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses. As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading
It’s tax day tomorrow so I thought I would run this post again.
Over the weekend I did the one thing that is pretty much guaranteed to put me in a bad mood. I did my income tax returns.
When I see how much I give the government in income tax it pisses me off, not to mention sales tax, real estate tax, per capita tax and so on and so on.
Don’t give me that crap about paying my fair share. That horseshit is served up to the masses by the politician we make rich, and I mean rich. They prosper off of the sweat of yours and my brow.
At one point I was prompted by the tax program to enter the whopping $47 I made in interest and I could watch as Washington immediately took $10 to $15. It pisses me off and it should piss you off. Continue reading
2 Timothy 2:6-7
It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have first share of the crops. Think over what I say for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
I have written about why government is so adamant about separation of church and state and how they have perverted the original intentions of this concept.
I fully agree with the edict of our founding fathers that there should not be an established official religion of the state. No one belief should be the law of the land.
But the ruling political class has seen the danger that religion, especially the Judeo-Christian values, pose to their power. Continue reading
You have kept count of my tossing’s;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
I learned something from this verse. I wrote it down because something spoke to me. I guess it was the reference to collecting tears in a bottle. I thought it was very poetic. Before I started writing this piece I wanted to read what the Biblical scholars had to say about this verse.
What I discovered is that not only was the phrase poetic, it was also a custom that has been practiced throughout history. Continue reading
His brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipes.
It’s funny how you can look at something every day and not notice some significant details. It’s funny how you can drive by the same location on your way to work, look at the same scenery and then one day see something that you never saw before. It was always there but you were so busy thinking about your upcoming day or distracted by something more prominent. You never noticed that piece of interest on an otherwise familiar landscape.
I have read the book of Genesis a number of times and never really took notice to or thought about the verse cited above. But this time I did and decided to write it down.
I never realized that Jubal was considered the first musician. Continue reading