The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
In previous posts I wrote about the phrase “fear of the Lord” and after reading this verse I thought I would touch on it again today.
Let’s look at the definition of “fear”: Continue reading
You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.
God via Moses tries to impart this wisdom upon the Israelites. God knows what man is. God knows that governing produces power, which produces wealth, which produces greed and covetousness.
To those of you who put your faith in government I say read again Deuteronomy 16:19. Continue reading
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span[a] is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
I had already written a piece about Psalm 90:10-12 but after reading these verses again I felt like I had a bit more to say. Forgive me if I repeat myself. Continue reading
Numbers 22 – 24
Numbers Chapters 22 through 24 is the story about Balak the king of Moab and Balaam a prophet who was not an Israelite.
Balak saw the Israelites approaching the plains of Moab. Balak knew what the Israelites had done to the Amorites, which was slaughter them when Sihon the king of the Amorites would not allow the Israelites to peacefully pass through his land. Being aware of the power of the Israelites, Balak decides to enlist the help of Balaam. He sends his servants and princes to Balaam and asks Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites.
God interceded and told Balaam not to go. Balaam told the elders of Moab to inform Balak that he would not do this. Continue reading
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