An Appalling And Horrible Thing

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

Here are some quick thoughts on a Bible verse that caught my attention.

The verse is Jeremiah 5:30-31:

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule at their direction.  My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

When I read those two verses something inside my head told me to remember them.

When I read it my thoughts do not go to the ancient temples and courts of Israel.  My thoughts go to the modern temples and courts of Washington DC.

I thought how once again I have come across ancient Biblical prophesies that are applicable today. Continue reading

A Commandment Taught By Men

A Commandment Taught By Men

Isaiah 29:13

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

Simple Lesson of Life

Simple Lesson of Life

Philippians 4:11-13

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well feed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Why Paul is saying this to the Philippians is not important to what I am writing.  But in the verse that precedes these verses Paul writes:

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.  Indeed you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.

Paul is glad the Philippians have taken an interest in him, not because he wants them to take care of him, but because he knows he can lead them to God and Christ and show them the contentment he has discovered in getting his relationship with God and Christ.

This is what led me to write down these verses. Continue reading

Depart From Us

Depart From Us

Job 21:14-15

They say to God, ‘Depart from us!

We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.

What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’

The verses above are from the Book of Job, and if you read the Book of Job you’ll know that these verses are part of a back and forth conversation between Job and his three friend.  Later I’ll have some more posts about the entire story of Job.  Each time I read the story I discover a deeper meaning, but for now I just want to focus on these two verses.

Job’s one friend, Bildad, has told Job he must have done something very wicked and evil.  Why else would these horrible, catastrophic things have happened to Job?  Job’s rebuttal is the wicked may not always be punished, at least not during their time on earth.  Now in a later post I’ll get more into this facet of the story of Job as well, since this is the basic theme of conversation between Job and his three friends. Continue reading

Where The Vultures Gather

Where The Vultures Gather

Luke 17:37

And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

I like what Christ is saying to his disciples, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

Now if you go back and read verses twenty through thirty seven in Chapter 17 of the Book of Luke, you will see that the obvious reference for verse thirty seven is about when and where will the Kingdom of God come to man, when will the rapture take place.

Christ addresses both his disciples and the Pharisees to be aware of the false prophets, those who say as in verse 23 “And they will say to you, ‘Look, there’ or ‘look, here’.  Do not go out or follow them.”

But Christ also tells them to be aware.  The rapture will come at any time, like it did for the world with Noah, or like it did for the inhabitants of Sodom.

So where will it come? Continue reading

Muzzle The Ox

Muzzle The Ox

Deuteronomy 25:4

You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn.

Here is the commentary of biblical scholar Matthew Henry in regards to this verse.

“This is a charge to husbandmen.  It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us.  But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”

“Be kind to all who are employed..” Continue reading

How To Deal With Good And Evil

How To Deal With Good And Evil

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.  If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.  But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess.  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,  loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

These six verses are what follows the verses I wrote about in my previous post It Is In Our Hearts.  In verse 11 through 14 Moses tells the people of Israel that the word of God is very near.  It is in your heart and in your mouth.

In verses 15 through 20 Moses continues by letting the Israelites know how simple life really is. Continue reading

Hit Them Where It Hurts

Hit Them Where It Hurts

Ezra 4:11-16

(This is a copy of the letter that they sent.) “To Artaxerxes the king: Your servants, the men of the province Beyond the River, send greeting. And now be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are finishing the walls and repairing the foundations. Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired. Now because we eat the salt of the palace and it is not fitting for us to witness the king’s dishonor, therefore we send and inform the king, in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste. We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River.”

I found this letter to be interesting because it confirms what I have said about protests and symbolism.
Protest accomplish nothing. All of the signs, speeches,demonstrations, catchy little phrases and hash tags, don’t make a difference. They just make you feel better about yourself. You say; See, I did something, I wore this color, I wore this wristband, I stood or I kneeled with my hand in the air.  I did my part.  I’m helping. I’m special. Continue reading