Return The Fruits

Return The Fruits

Jeremiah 31:16

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the Lord,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

If you were to read the verse that precedes Jeremiah 31:16 you would know that verse sixteen is God speaking about Rachel, whom I guess you could say is the matriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel was one of Jacob’s two wives.  Jacob became Israel,  who was the patriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel had trouble bearing children, but eventually was able to conceive and bear Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve that make up the tribes of Israel.

In verse fifteen, Rachel is said to be weeping for her children.  These verses were written hundreds of years after Rachel’s death, so they are referring to the descendants of Jacob that were now being plundered and taken into captivity. Continue reading

Apples to Oysters

Apples to Oysters

 

2 Corinthians 10:12

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

In this verse, Paul tells us that we are all individuals.  Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, to compare each other and make judgements about individuals as compared to others or the group, well that’s just vanity. It’s folly, like the old phrase apples to oranges. Continue reading

Three Verses of King Solomon

Three Verses of King Solomon

Three thoughts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 9:9

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

Solomon certainly understood the importance of having a wife, a partner, someone whom you love, to share the experiences of your toil. Continue reading

Holes and Spaces

Holes and Spaces

1 Corinthians 14:6-8

Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?  If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played?  And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?

When reading these verses I couldn’t help but think of the correlation between what Paul has written and music.

In verse 6 Paul is telling the followers of Christ that he will not and should not speak words to simply hear himself speak.  For what use are words if they do not communicate?  What use are they if they have no meaning or knowledge to share?  They’re just noise.

Paul likens this to music.  He uses the sounds of instruments to demonstrate his point. Continue reading

Mortal Expectations

Mortal Expectations

Malachi 3:13-15

“Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts?  And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

The prophet Malachi has written the words of God, and here he has written another example of the arrogance of man.  This is God calling us out for our arrogance.

Israel had its expectations of God just as we do now.  They had expectations about what God should or shouldn’t be doing.  So when God didn’t meet their expectations they spoke as Malachi has written in these verses. Continue reading

Vessel Of Comfort

Vessel Of Comfort

Jeremiah 48:10-12

“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

“Moab has been at ease from his youth
    and has settled on his dregs;
he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,
    nor has he gone into exile;
so his taste remains in him,
    and his scent is not changed.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I shall send to him pourers who will pour him, and empty his vessels and break his jars in pieces.

When I first read these verses I jotted down the word, “stagnant”.  I wasn’t sure why that word came to mind, it was just my gut instinct.  So I thought I do some research about these verses and see what others had to say.  By others, I mean biblical scholars, and of all the ones I read, I most understood the commentaries of John Gill. Continue reading

The Seed

The Seed

1 Corinthians 15:35-38

But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain.  But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

In these verses Paul is answering the question many nonbelievers and believers ask about the resurrection.  It is a very difficult concept for humans to wrap their heads around, especially when asked from a worldly point of view.  Even though I have faith and belief in Christ and the resurrection, I still have a hard time understanding what it is or what it will be. Continue reading