They Look To The Earth

They Look To The Earth

Isaiah 8:19-22

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.

Isaiah is speaking about those who choose to consult mediums and spiritualists, those who feel the dead can give foresight and insight to the living.  He is talking about those who choose not to have God in their hearts.  He informs them of the results of such a choice.  Isaiah is addressing what happens to us when times are tough, our faith is tested, and we have failed to let God into our hearts. Continue reading

Serve The Creator

Serve The Creator

Romans 1:25

because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

I wrote a piece about Romans 1:22 -23 (Socrates and a Chicken).  In that piece, I wrote about the arrogance of man.  It stated how we get so caught up in our creations that we fail to acknowledge our Creator.  Here in verse 25 Paul speaks of that sentiment.

….worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….

We’ve out grown carving wooden animals, layering them with gold, and presenting it with sacrifices with the expectation of divine intervention.  Or have we? Continue reading

Come From The Heart

Come From The Heart

2 Samuel 6:16-23 is the story of King David celebrating the Ark of the Covenant, or Ark of the Lord coming to The City of David.

Michal the daughter of the deceased King Saul, King David’s predecessor, looks upon David dancing as he celebrates the arrival of the ark with disdain.  She despises David.

The verses never say exactly why she harbors these feelings of ill will towards David.  My guess is she is upset over her father’s death and since David is his successor, she holds David responsible for his death.  Although those feelings would be misguided, it seems only natural that when something bad happens we look for someone to blame.

Michal sees David celebrating and must have found it to be not very “king like”.

2 Samuel 6:14

And David danced before the Lord with all his might… Continue reading

How The Wicked Prosper

How The Wicked Prosper

Psalm 10:1

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

I read this verse and it reminded me of the book that precedes Psalm.  I have written a number of posts about this book and that is the Book of Job.

In this Psalm, David has the same complaints as Job.  David is wondering where the Lord is in his times of trouble.  David is asking some of the same questions that Job had asked centuries before.  And David is asking the same questions we all ask when something terrible happens in our lives.  We ask, “How God could let this happen?”

David wonders how the wicked can say there is no God and yet continue to prosper in their ways. Continue reading

It Is In Our Hearts

It Is In Our Hearts

Deuteronomy 30:11-14

For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.  It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’  Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?  But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

Moses is giving the Israelites the commandments of God before they make their trip into the Promised Land, a trip which Moses will not make.

These verses hold a special meaning for me.  Continue reading

A Time To Respond

A Time To Respond

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Those born in the 1950’s certainly recognize these verses as part of a Pete Seeger song made famous by The Byrds, Turn Turn Turn.  The song has been touted as an anti-war song.  King Solomon was not writing a song for the “peace movement” when composing these eight verses.  King Solomon was reminding us about the balance of the universe.  Continue reading