Debt – A Way Of Life

Debt – A Way Of Life

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“…but you shall not borrow…”

I believe God is advising Israel on how to stay wealthy and self-sufficient, as a nation and a people.  I believe God is advising us, on a personal level, on how to stay in control of your life.

I’m not going to get into the amount of debt we have as a country, nor the amount that other countries owe our country.  I guess I just wanted to write about another example of advice and wisdom that has transcended through the ages. Continue reading

Power and Corruption

Power and Corruption

I read this verse from the Bible and even though it was written thousands of years ago one place from today immediately came to mind.

Read it and see if you think the same as I do.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verses 21 through 23: Continue reading

The Fools Will No More Be Called Noble

The Fools Will No More Be Called Noble

Isaiah 32:5

“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

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

2 Chronicles 25:14-16

After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

Amaziah became king of Judah after his father Joash was assassinated by his own servants.  Joash laid severely wounded in his bed and his servants finished him off.  This was in retribution for Joash commanding the stoning of Zechariah, who was a prominent priest who help Joash restore the temple of the Lord.

Joash became powerful and full of himself. One day the princes came to Joash to pay homage and with them they brought their false gods.  Joash being convinced of his own greatness abandoned God and turned to the false Gods.  Zechariah came to Joash and called him out on his idolatry, but Joash’s response was to have Zechariah killed.  Joash’s pride caused him to make a bad decision, which finally caught up to him as he lay wounded in bed.

Amaziah, Joash’s son, succeeds his father as king of Judah. Continue reading

The Music Master General

The Music Master General

1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.

King David organizes:

  • The Levites
  • The Priests
  • The Gate Keepers
  • The Treasurers
  • The Military
  • The Tribal Leaders
  • Other Officials

Who else does King David makes sure is organized?

In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading

Prides Destruction

Prides Destruction

Daniel 5

I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.

I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas.  When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.

Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note.  I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.

Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading

What Do They Know?

What Do They Know?

2 Chronicles 10:6-10

Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.  And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us’; thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.

King Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon, and even though Solomon was one of the wisest men in history, he too was flawed and corrupted by wealth, power and outside influences.  Solomon took wives from foreign lands.   These wives brought their false gods with them.  Soon Solomon had forsaken the commandments of God and begun worshiping the foreign gods at the request of his wives.

Solomon began to heavily tax his people to furnish his life style of luxury much like today’s leaders.  Rehoboam was appointed king after Solomon’s death, and the people of Israel asked Rehoboam for some relief from the heavy burdens which Solomon place upon them. Continue reading

Sing To Him, Sing Praises To Him

Sing To Him, Sing Praises To Him

1 Chronicles 16:9

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

This is a verse from King David’s song of thanks.  The Arc of the Covenant was being returned to the City Of David and being placed in the tent that David had pitched.  I guess this was the song of thanks that David had written for the priests in charge of music to perform.

When I read verse 9 these thoughts came into my head and I made a note to write about it later. Continue reading

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

Lamentations 5:14-15

The old men have left the city

The young men their music,

The joy of our hearts had ceased

Our dancing had been turned into mourning.

 

The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.

Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.

Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.

What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance.  Why do I like that?

Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil.  Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. Continue reading

Take A Vow Of Silence

Take A Vow Of Silence

Psalms 12:2

 “Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.

They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives.  The double heart that they speak with is constant.

You never trust a word they say.  They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.

I guess every office has one.  You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.

They are extreme. Continue reading