A Bag With Holes

A Bag With Holes

Haggai 1:5-6

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

My previous post dealt with the book of Haggai and cited chapter 1 verse 4.  I wrote about verse 4 telling us that we must take care of our spiritual house.  We live in worldly houses and every day we get up and work to maintain our worldly house, but far and few between are the days we strive to maintain and improve our spiritual house.  In verses five and six, Haggai is informing the people of Israel and all people, past, present and future, of the consequences of not maintaining and improving your spiritual house. Continue reading

The Trees And The Bramble

The Trees And The Bramble

Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21.  This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.

Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon.  Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian.  For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused.  He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.

Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading

Living In Your Paneled House

Living In Your Paneled House

Haggai 1:4

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

Haggai was one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament.  I wondered why a prophet would be referred to as a minor prophet.  It seemed to me that saying he was a minor prophet was like saying you had a minor heart attack.  There’s nothing minor about a heart attack, just like there’s nothing minor about a prophet of God. Continue reading

Cannot Escape The Law

Cannot Escape The Law

Isaiah 24:1-2

Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
    as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
    as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the debtor.

This is just another quick post about the balance of the universe.  Perhaps it would make more sense if I said equality of the universe.  Because Isaiah is writing about God’s consequences for sin and unrighteousness.  God’s will to balance things. Continue reading

Abandon The Spirit To Please The Flesh

Abandon The Spirit To Please The Flesh

Micah 6:13-15

Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
    making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
    and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
    and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
    you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
    you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.

Micah is explaining to Israel the consequences of their actions.  They have abandoned God and forsaken righteousness for the pleasures and treasures of the world.  Israel did in ancient times as we do today.  We abandon the spirit to please the flesh.  For the want of simple worldly things, we bypass righteousness and the work involved, and we do what we rationalize as necessary to make our existence comfortable and easy. Continue reading

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Isaiah 30:8-10

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.
For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions”

I thought these verses coincided with much of what I see in the world today.  I guess it’s always been like this.

Israel is seeking salvation from Egypt, which would upset anyone who knows their history with Egypt.  Here is a people who were previously enslaved by the Egyptians and now they are willing to buy protection from the Egyptians.  They are willing to potentially give up their freedom in order to have the perception of being safe. Continue reading

What Does The Lord Require?

What Does The Lord Require?

Micah 6:6-8

“With what shall I come before the Lord,
    and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

I made a note about these three verses but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write.  Now, as I read them and begin to write this piece, I realize just how simple a message it is, yet so eloquently stated.

In the English Standard Version of the Bible, these verses are titled, “What Does the Lord Require?” Continue reading