Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.
Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading
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
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
What got my attention was verse 5:
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.
Verses 6 through 10 goes on to elaborate the reason for this “discipline”.
Anyone who has raised a child can relate to these verse, just as I did. Continue reading
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
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
God is telling Ezekiel he is the watchman for Israel and if he follows through by warning them of their impending doom then he will have no blood on his hands. But if he fails to warn them he is just as guilty as those that God is going to destroy.
To me this also speaks about our personal responsibilities. Continue reading
Habits, they define who you are.
The older I get the more I believe in that statement.
I think about it during my morning rituals. I have a very set way of doing things each morning, even to the point of how I lay out my toiletries.
My deodorant always goes on my left and my razor, toothbrush and dental floss are laid out in that order to my right with the mouthwash behind them. They are laid out in the order in which they are used.
Twelve strokes with the deodorant as the water is filling the basin, then I reach for two Q-tips and clean my ears just as the water in the basin is at the proper level for shaving. Then it’s shave, brush my teeth, floss and mouthwash. And while I’m swishing the mouthwash around in my mouth I clean the mirror and the sink. Finally I comb out my beard.
It’s quite the routine. Continue reading
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.
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