2nd Corinthians 1:9
Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it. It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.
I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill. 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
2 Thessalonians 3:6-12
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
In this letter to the Thessalonians Paul is addressing something that Solomon had said thousands of years before.
In all the things that man can do and occupy his mind, in all things man can chase, all that really is important is your toil, being happy in your toil, your work. For as Solomon said, all else is vanity and striving after wind.
But Paul is also addressing two other aspects of an idle life. Continue reading
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Truer words could not be written or spoken.
When I think about any regrets I have in my life it is generally things things I have said. And the things I regret were statements made without giving pause prior to them leaving my tongue. They were things said when my filter was turned off.
What caused my filter to shutdown? Anger. Continue reading
And the Lord said, because these people draw near with their mouth
And honor me with their lips
While their hearts are far from me
And their fear of me is a commandment taught by men
When I read these lines I wrote down the book, chapter and verse. At the time I wasn’t quite sure why I wanted to remember this verse I just knew I did.
The more I read it I came to the conclusion that I wanted to remember this one because it prophesizes my disillusion with the organizations that call themselves a church.
This verse is Isaiah telling the people of God’s disdain, for they are just going through the motions. They have God on their lips but not in their hearts. Continue reading
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
Spite – a desire to hurt, annoy or offend someone.
I looked up the definition of the word spite today because I wanted to make sure it meant what I have always thought it meant. It did.
I looked it up because I wanted to write about people who I know that live their life for spite, who live and do things just to hurt someone else. People who spend their time thinking about and making decisions based on spite.
I don’t understand. Continue reading