The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Okay, so I’m beating this to death, but I feel this phrase, “the fear of the Lord” is very important. At least it is to me and my life.
I previously wrote how this phrase turns up numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament. And I have written how this phrase is misconstrued. Most concepts of “the fear of the Lord” are, a being of human form, floating above in the clouds, looking down, just waiting for us to screw up. But if you read any of my previous posts on this phrase you know that’s not what it’s about. Continue reading
(On this Memorial Day I thought I would re-post this one. Thanks to all those who served and sacrificed so we are all free to worry about what bathroom we should use.)
World War I may have been referred to as “The Great War” and why not. Over 16 million deaths were a result of that war.
But World War II surpassed that number with over 60 million deaths. That’s over three percent of the entire population of the world in 1939, the year World War II started.
Most of my early images of World War II came from the old Hollywood propaganda films made in the 1940’s, the films that I loved as a kid. They were shown on the television late in the afternoon when I got home from school.
And as with most young boys war movies fascinated me. There were good guys, bad guys and faraway places. There were machine guns, grenades, tanks, bazookas, P51 Mustangs, all very exciting to a kid. Continue reading
The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12. It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.
If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.
One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around. He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath. She is described as “very beautiful”. David wants to know who she is. He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.
David knows that this isn’t going to look good. The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading
Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
“Put not your trust in princes”, words to live by, especially in this day and age.
All the princes of today, all of our “leaders”, our “representatives”, are telling us to put our trust in them. But we should realize they are anything but trust worthy. They say trust us, we will make your life better, we know what is best for you. To listen and believe this rhetoric, no matter who it comes from, is pure folly. As David writes there is no salvation. Continue reading
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
That’s some pretty powerful stuff right there.
Ezekiel the Old Testament prophet is laying down some twenty first century wisdom. Actually it’s eternal wisdom that will apply throughout time.
What Ezekiel is saying is you are in charge and you are responsible for all you do and all that happens to you. Not the government, not the church, not your family, not your friends, not your enemies, but you and only you are responsible.
Your righteousness and your wickedness are yours to own. You own it, no one else does, no matter what you think of say. Continue reading
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible. Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth. I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading
1 Samuel 15:22-23
And Samuel said,
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
as in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to listen than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of divination,
and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has also rejected you from being king.”
Saul has just been anointed the first king of Israel. One of the first things he was instructed to do was pay back the city of Amalek for opposing the Israelites as they made their exodus from Egypt to the promised land. His instructions were to totally destroy everything in the city, men, women, children and livestock.
Saul totally annihilates the residents but keeps the best of the livestock, figuring they would make good sacrifices to God. Continue reading