Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them;
so do all who trust in them.
A song of King David that translate as well today as it did yesterday, and as it will tomorrow. Continue reading
I thought today, since I am writing about the book of Ecclesiastes, I would start from the beginning. The very first verse tells us in a sort of cryptic way about the author of this book. They refer to themselves as the Preacher. Most people believe that person to be King Solomon.
The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
If you take this verse at it’s face value, the son of David and King in Jerusalem was Solomon. Some say that “son” may refer to the lineage of King David, but I’ll keep it simple and stick with Solomon as the Preacher. Who wrote the book isn’t as important as the lessons being taught in this book. King Solomon starts teaching from the first verses. 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
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
What is King David saying in these two verses? He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,” But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation. Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation. The salvation of your soul, your being.
What is salvation? Continue reading
You have kept count of my tossing’s;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
I learned something from this verse. I wrote it down because something spoke to me. I guess it was the reference to collecting tears in a bottle. I thought it was very poetic. Before I started writing this piece I wanted to read what the Biblical scholars had to say about this verse.
What I discovered is that not only was the phrase poetic, it was also a custom that has been practiced throughout history. Continue reading
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
You have heard some variations of the quote, “In God we trust, all others we verify”, or “all others we monitor”, or “all others bring data”. This is what David is saying in these two verses but in a more eloquent and poetic manner. Continue reading
Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses. As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
King Solomon is telling us that no matter what we do, do it to the best of our abilities.
This reminds me of something I was told by one of my contacts whom I worked with at a large customer. I dealt with him for a number of years. He was always honest and fair with me and I appreciated it very much. Unfortunately he passed away suddenly and I never had the chance to express my gratitude and enjoyment of working with him. Continue reading
“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.
These verses are a part of the laws passed down from God to Moses. Moses passed them down to the Jews. This law is God instructing the Jews to treat everyone equally and to not cheat your fellowman. I don’t think anyone, Jew, Christian, atheist or whatever, can argue with that. All of this goes back to the Ten Commandments and obeying them.
What would cause you to cheat your fellowman? When you covet, covet something they have or something you don’t have. So you lie and cheat (bear false witness) to get it.
This is just God giving us a little more detail into living a righteous life. We humans can be very stiff necked and thick headed. Continue reading
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span[a] is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
I had already written a piece about Psalm 90:10-12 but after reading these verses again I felt like I had a bit more to say. Forgive me if I repeat myself. Continue reading