Solomon, Newton, Emerson and The Balance

Solomon, Newton, Emerson and The Balance

Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Wait for the Lord and he will deliver you.

I read this proverb and thought about the balance of the universe.

King Solomon is telling us that evil will be repaid by the universe, there is no need to take matters into your own hands.  Especially since our response would be futile since we do not have control over the balance.  The balance is there, always has been and always will be. Continue reading

One Simple Word

One Simple Word

Romans 13:8-10

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.

Paul breaks it down to one simple word, love.

And he’s not talking about wanting to go over and boink the neighbor.

He’s talking about simply respecting another life.

King Solomon talked about the folly of pride and vanity.  Paul is taking that further.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  By neighbor Paul means every human life, everyone is your neighbor.

It’s a simple concept but don’t confuse simple with easy. Continue reading

No Value

No Value

1 Corinthians 1:27-29

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

These verses deal with two thoughts .  Paul is writing about the balance of God, the balance of the universe, and how this balance shows us the insignificance of man’s worldly power when compared to the universe. Continue reading

Meat In A Pot

Meat In A Pot

Micah 3:1-3

And I said:
Hear, you heads of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
     you who hate the good and love the evil,
who tear the skin from off my people
    and their flesh from off their bones,
who eat the flesh of my people,
    and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
    and chop them up like meat in a pot,
    like flesh in a cauldron.

This will be a short post.  There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said about the words that Micah is conveying to the leaders of ancient Israel.  Micah is simply informing them of what many Old Testament prophets have said.  He is telling Israel of their pending disaster, the consequences they are going to suffer for their actions, their sins.

Maybe his descriptions in verses two and three seem harsh, but what corrupt leaders and governments do to their people is harsh. Continue reading

Buying The Truth That Fits The Agenda

Buying The Truth That Fits The Agenda

Numbers 22 – 24

Numbers Chapters 22 through 24 is the story about Balak the king of Moab and Balaam a prophet who was not an Israelite.

Balak saw the Israelites approaching the plains of Moab.  Balak knew what the Israelites had done to the Amorites, which was slaughter them when Sihon the king of the Amorites would not allow the Israelites to peacefully pass through his land.  Being aware of the power of the Israelites, Balak decides to enlist the help of Balaam.  He sends his servants and princes to Balaam and asks Balaam to come to Moab and curse the Israelites.

God interceded and told Balaam not to go.  Balaam told the elders of Moab to inform Balak that he would not do this. Continue reading

A Shekel and a Pair of Shoes

A Shekel and a Pair of Shoes

Amos 8:4-6

Hear this, you who trample on the needy
    and bring the poor of the land to an end,
saying, “When will the new moon be over,
    that we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
    that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great
    and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals
    and sell the chaff of the wheat?”

Many will read these verses and assume that they are in reference to corrupt corporations looking to make a buck by oppressing the poor.  It sounds like that when you only read verses 4 and 5.  But when you read verse 6 you realize who Amos is really referring to in these verses. Continue reading

Special Tools

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Isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me

This is God talking to King Cyrus.

In this verse God is reminding Cyrus where his power and authority come from.  God reminds Cyrus not to get too full of himself and start thinking of himself as a god.

As king of Persia, Cyrus conquered Babylon which was a great power at the time. So Cyrus was a pretty powerful king to conquer such a powerful nation. Continue reading