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
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
1 Corinthians 10:29
I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?
Paul asks the question, why should another person dictate to me my sense of right and wrong? God has endowed us with an innate sense of right and wrong. This sense, is only changed by the world. We become driven by the world, its desires and pitfalls. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 7:17
Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.
The Bible verses I cite are taken from the English Standard Version. In the ESV, titles are given to different sections. The section which verse 17 begins is titled; “Live As You Are Called”.
I really like that title, and I think that could be the mantra for every one of us. It’s like a mission statement for each individual. Paul is telling us that we are all unique individuals and each one of us has our own talents, quirks, ways of thinking and no one way is the only right way; except the way of love and righteousness. Continue reading
1 Corinthians 2:10 -11
…these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
God is within each of us. We do not have to search the world for God, we only have to look no further than our hearts. That is where God dwells within each and every individual.
Paul confirms this in the verses above. Continue reading
I was reviewing some of my previous posts when I came upon “The Individual”. In that post I cited various verses in the Bible that focus on the individual and the Kingdom of God being the individual.
We are all individuals, each a unique being given the gift of life by God. The individual is responsible for themselves, their actions and the subsequent consequences of those actions. But what made me decide to write about the individual one more time was the painting that I chose to associate with that previous post. Continue reading
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
When I read this verse, I thought that I had already written about it. But as I reviewed my previous writings, I discovered the verse I had already written about was this one from 1 Kings 4:25.
And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.
I referenced this verse from 1 Kings in my post, “Every Man Under His Vine”, and in that post I referenced another post which was titled, “Candy Cried”. The thought in these posts and verses, is of an individual having a place in life to live as an individual, a place to sow and reap the fruits of their labor. Continue reading