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

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

Rooted In Covetousness

Rooted In Covetousness

Malachi 2:17

You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

Malachi is addressing the priests and rulers of Israel.  In verse sixteen, Malachi tells the priests just how sinful they have been, but he also lets them know that there is still time for repentance. He also advises them of the consequences they will have to suffer if they continue on their current path. Continue reading

Hard Headed

Hard Headed

Isaiah 48:4

Because I know that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew
    and your forehead brass,

This is Isaiah summing up man.

In Isaiah 48, Isaiah is telling the Israelites how God has shown them miracles, brought them out of bondage, and informed them of the consequences of their actions.  God reminds them that all the things told to them and shown to them have come to pass.  The Israelites knew of the consequences of their actions and chose to ignore them, they turned to man-made idols for their salvation. Continue reading

A Bag With Holes

A Bag With Holes

Haggai 1:5-6

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

My previous post dealt with the book of Haggai and cited chapter 1 verse 4.  I wrote about verse 4 telling us that we must take care of our spiritual house.  We live in worldly houses and every day we get up and work to maintain our worldly house, but far and few between are the days we strive to maintain and improve our spiritual house.  In verses five and six, Haggai is informing the people of Israel and all people, past, present and future, of the consequences of not maintaining and improving your spiritual house. Continue reading

The Trees And The Bramble

The Trees And The Bramble

Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21.  This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.

Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon.  Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian.  For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused.  He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.

Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading