And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living. He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts. He informs them of the results of such a choice. Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts. Continue reading
“The fool will no more be called noble, nor the scoundrels said to be honorable.”
When I read that verse I had to write it down. I guess I wrote it down because it gives me some hope.
I thought here is another example of the prophecies of the Bible that apply today and probably throughout the existence of mankind. I thought about how hopeful I am that this is prophetic about Washington DC, for Washington has become nothing but a town of fools and scoundrels.
Fools in the sense of how foolish these people are in their own self importance. They are not stupid people just foolish people.
And scoundrels, I think you would be hard press to find one that isn’t a scoundrel. Continue reading
Genesis 3 deals with what is simply known as “The Fall”.
I am sure most everyone knows this story. The story of how God gave man the Garden of Eden. A paradise which contained everything man would need to fulfill his spiritual and physical needs.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
God had given man all that he needed, just as Solomon realized thousands of years later, God had given man everything from the moment of creation. In the Garden of Eden man had all he needed to eat and drink and be happy in his toil.
But vanity took its toll on Eve as the serpent enticed her with covetousness, enticed her to seek and want that which she did not have, that which she did not need. Continue reading
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
“Children have I reared and brought up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who lived his life 700 years before the birth of Christ. Isaiah is regarded as one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament because of his foretelling of Christ. The best know prophesy from Isaiah would be 7:14:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 1:2-3 attracted me because of it’s reference to people rebelling against God because of their arrogance. Isaiah writes that the people, who have been given this gift of life, now rebel against God. God has given life to man, brought Israel out of bondage, removed those intent on destroying Israel, given them judges and kings. God has given them all of this and prosperity and yet they turn to idols and false gods. Continue reading
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.
We have all asked the question how do such evil people get away with doing such evil things and yet here I am toiling away doing it the right way and getting nowhere?
In Ecclesiastes 8:11 King Solomon is addressing that question because just as today, people had the same thoughts in ancient times. To quote Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Continue reading
Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Solomon is writing about the evil that exists in the world. When I read these verses I wrote the following note to myself: “Evil always has and always will exist in the world.” Solomon writes that those who are dead and those who have not been born are better off than the living. Why does he say this? Because from birth to death we will always come in contact with evil. Only those who no longer exist or those who never existed will be void of evil. Continue reading
Thought I would repost this for Father’s Day, its from 2015.
Today I wanted to write about a nice moment in my life that happened the other day.
My mother had been in the hospital for a couple of days. She had been suffering from acute anemia among other issues. The doctors could not seem to figure out the cause. All the tests had come back normal.
My father was home alone and is capable of taking care of himself but was having issues with his land line phone. He could call out but incoming calls were going directly to voice mail. Both my mom and dad have cell phones but never have them turned on. You know it might run up the bill if they were to leave them on.
My son was doing the weekly mowing for my grandfather’s estate. One parcel of land that he mows for the estate is located adjacent to my mom and dad’s house. Continue reading