2 Chronicles 30:18-19
For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.”
Hezekiah was the thirteenth king of Judah. According to the Old Testament, he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Hezekiah cleansed and restored the temple of the Lord and returned Judah to the laws and traditions as set down by Moses. This included the celebration of the Passover.
Many people came from tribes outside of Judah to celebrate the Passover. They had not consecrated or cleansed themselves per the laws of Moses. Hezekiah understood what was truly important about this feast. It was a milestone for all the tribes of Israel to be returning to their laws and traditions and once again celebrate the Passover. He knew it wasn’t about following processes and procedures. It wasn’t about having all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed. Continue reading
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
I have written other pieces about the arrogance of man, especially in this day and age. With the huge strides taken each year in science and technologies, many come to the conclusion that there is no God. They believe that man will explain and eventually control all things. So they begin to worship their own thoughts and hypothesis as the only real provable truth. Man places intellect as god and worships the products of it. Continue reading
Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on. The is where my finger landed.
I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:
The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.
I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.
Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.
They will leave out the one key word. They will say “Money is the root of all evil”. But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading
Just a thought that came to me one day on my way to work. I don’t know why it did but as trivial as it seems the idea fell into place.
I was thinking about some upcoming road trips to our new home in Florida and having to drive the major US highways.
On my way to work I drive stretches of back country roads and I thought how nice it might be to have a couple of days to make a drive to Florida on some secondary highways. I thought it would be interesting to actually see the east coast of America, especially south of Washington DC into Florida.
This got me to thinking about all the trips my wife and I have taken over the years. Continue reading
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
A previous post about the book of James (Shut Up and Listen) dealt with the subject of the unbridled tongue and its consequences. I cited James 1:19-20 where James tells the followers to shut up and listen, think before you speak. For a quick retort can lead to anger and anger does not produce righteousness.
James goes on to speak of the problems of a swift and sharp tongue. Continue reading
I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.
It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.
I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today. Continue reading
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I don’t have much to say about this verse, but I didn’t want to skip over it either.
“I have overcome the world.”
I think this is a directive for all of us. Our basic primal instinct is to survive, and God has given us everything we need to survive. God has given us all the materials, and the knowledge to use those materials for our survival. With all our technological wonders, we do not conjure up anything out of thin air. Whatever we have, has been here from the beginning. Continue reading
I have written about how the book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books if not my favorite book of the Bible.
Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fool despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 3:7 – Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
I wrote down these two verses because they speak about something I feel strongly about, humility.
There is wisdom in the poetry of King Solomon that is unsurpassed in all works through the ages.
It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t believe in God, there is no denying the wisdom and life lessons in this book. To pass it off as some mythical comic book hokum is foolishness and fits right into these two verses. Continue reading
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
The glory of man, this is what we love. We love the accolades, the compliments, and the admiration of others. We love it so much that we are willing to literally stand naked in front of others just for the attention. It feeds our vanity and it feeds our covetousness. We covet the attention received by others and want it for ourselves. We will deny ourselves and righteousness just to get our fifteen minutes of fame. Continue reading