The Music Master General

The Music Master General

1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.

King David organizes:

  • The Levites
  • The Priests
  • The Gate Keepers
  • The Treasurers
  • The Military
  • The Tribal Leaders
  • Other Officials

Who else does King David makes sure is organized?

In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading

Prides Destruction

Prides Destruction

Daniel 5

I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.

I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas.  When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.

Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note.  I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.

Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading

What Do They Know?

What Do They Know?

2 Chronicles 10:6-10

Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.  And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us’; thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.

King Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon, and even though Solomon was one of the wisest men in history, he too was flawed and corrupted by wealth, power and outside influences.  Solomon took wives from foreign lands.   These wives brought their false gods with them.  Soon Solomon had forsaken the commandments of God and begun worshiping the foreign gods at the request of his wives.

Solomon began to heavily tax his people to furnish his life style of luxury much like today’s leaders.  Rehoboam was appointed king after Solomon’s death, and the people of Israel asked Rehoboam for some relief from the heavy burdens which Solomon place upon them. Continue reading

Sing To Him, Sing Praises To Him

Sing To Him, Sing Praises To Him

1 Chronicles 16:9

Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!

This is a verse from King David’s song of thanks.  The Arc of the Covenant was being returned to the City Of David and being placed in the tent that David had pitched.  I guess this was the song of thanks that David had written for the priests in charge of music to perform.

When I read verse 9 these thoughts came into my head and I made a note to write about it later. Continue reading

Take A Vow Of Silence

Take A Vow Of Silence

Psalms 12:2

 “Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.

They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives.  The double heart that they speak with is constant.

You never trust a word they say.  They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.

I guess every office has one.  You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.

They are extreme. Continue reading

We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

We’ve Lost Our Simplicity

If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years.  I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times.  Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.

The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.

I think about the book of Psalms.   The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading

Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Strengthening Your Righteousness Muscle

Jeremiah 12:1-4

Righteous are you, O Lord,
    when I complain to you;
    yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
    Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
    they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
    and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
    you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
    and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
    and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
    the beasts and the birds are swept away,
    because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”

The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”.  Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea.  I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading