We Abandon God

We Abandon God

Lamentations 3:31-33

For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

I have previously written about Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 25 through 27.  In that post I wrote about seeking God and the consequences of your actions.  I then followed that post by writing about verses 28 through 30, which was about taking the responsibility for the consequences of your actions and then learning from those consequences.

Now today I want to write about the three verses at the beginning of this post, Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 31 through 33. Continue reading

The Beatitudes and The Woes – Balance

The Beatitudes and The Woes – Balance

Luke 6:20-26

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

I’ve known that the first half of these verses were called “The Beatitudes”, but never really knew the definition of the word “beatitude”.  So I looked it up. Continue reading

Express Yourself

Express Yourself

Jeremiah 31:4

Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
    O virgin Israel!
Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
    and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Jeremiah 31:12-13

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
    and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
    and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
    and they shall languish no more.
 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
    and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
    I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

This post isn’t very long.  All I want to do is site some more examples of how making and listening to music is referenced in the Bible for expressing emotions, mainly joy and celebration. Continue reading

Where Is Your Treasure?

Where Is Your Treasure?

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This is such a simple and profound statement.

If you read verses 22 through 24 of Luke Chapter 12, you will see that Christ is telling his Disciples, and all of us, that God provides us with everything we need to survive.  Christ starts with verses 22 and 23:

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Continue reading

Ahab’s Retort

Ahab’s Retort

1 Kings 20:11

And the king of Israel answered, “Tell him, ‘Let not him who straps on his armor boast himself as he who takes it off.’”

When I read this verse I knew I liked it but it took me a couple of times it to understand the simple message that King Ahab, the king of Israel, was conveying to King Ben-Hadad, the king of Syria.

King Ben-Hadad had gathered all his forces together, which included the armies of thirty two other kings.  That must have been a substantial military force.  For some reason Ben-Hadad wanted to conquer Samaria which was part of Israel and part of King Ahab’s domain.  Ben-Hadad massed all his forces around Samaria and was ready to attack. Continue reading

Render Unto Caesar

Render Unto Caesar

Mark 12:17

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.

This verse is spoken by Jesus, after the Pharisees and the Scribes attempted to lure him into saying something against the Roman rulers.  They wanted to get a comment from Jesus to use against him and have him arrested.

Politics hasn’t changed one bit in the last 2000 years.

But Christ’s answer did not give them the ammo they thought they were going to get. Continue reading

Presumption Is As Iniquity

Presumption Is As Iniquity

1 Samuel 15:22-23

And Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,

and to listen than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of divination,

and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry.

Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,

he has also rejected you from being king.”

Saul has just been anointed the first king of Israel.  One of the first things he was instructed to do was pay back the city of Amalek for opposing the Israelites as they made their exodus from Egypt to the promised land.  His instructions were to totally destroy everything in the city, men, women, children and livestock.

Saul totally annihilates the residents but keeps the best of the livestock, figuring they would make good sacrifices to God. Continue reading