Silent Dogs

Silent Dogs

Isaiah 56:9-12

All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
    all you beasts in the forest.
His watchmen are blind;
    they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent dogs;
    they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
    loving to slumber.
The dogs have a mighty appetite;
    they never have enough.
But they are shepherds who have no understanding;
    they have all turned to their own way,
    each to his own gain, one and all.
“Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
    let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow will be like this day,
    great beyond measure.”

The heading of these verses in the English Standard Version of the Bible is “Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders”.

Isaiah is speaking to Israel who has stop walking in the way of the Lord.  Isaiah is pointing out that their deviation from God and righteousness is coming from the top down.  He is speaking of leaders who have turned from doing what is right for the people and are only doing what is best for the leaders’ own benefit.  And of course if you have read some of my previous posts you will know that I see this ancient commentary on society as being as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. Continue reading

Every Man Under His Vine

Every Man Under His Vine

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.

When I read this it reminded me of my post “Candy Cried” which referenced the scene in “Of Mice and Men” where all the misfits were gathered in one place and talking about their collective passion.  All they wanted was a little piece of land to call their own.  A place in life to work and reap their rewards, a place to be left alone. Continue reading

Watch Out On Top

Watch Out On Top

Daniel 6: 1-5

It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss.  Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.  At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.  Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”

In this day and age with so much media, mass media, social media, etc., it’s very easy for everyone to voice their opinions.

Therefore it’s an everyday occurrence to see the person who’s on top being pulled down by those who are jealous of the top person’s success, for whatever reason.

That’s something that’s been going on since the dawn of man. Continue reading

Seeing Is Not Believing

Seeing Is Not Believing

Isaiah 11:3-5

And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah.  If you read further into chapter 11, specifically verses 6 through 9, you will read about the peace that the Messiah will bring to the world.  What I wanted to write about is what Isaiah is saying in verses 3 through 5, and how they apply to the present, especially with all the technology and how easy it is to manipulate the truth. Continue reading

Woe To You Lawyers

Woe To You Lawyers

Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke.  It’s just one verse.

Luke 11:46

And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? Continue reading

For Comfort and Convenience

For Comfort and Convenience

1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.

At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers.  They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses.  So they were called Judges.

They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic.  Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.

Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel.  When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.

In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption.  And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading

By Their Fruits

By Their Fruits

Matthew 7:15-16

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:20

Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Months ago I wrote a piece titled, Household Gods.  In that post I referenced Zachariah 10:2, in which Zachariah speaks of household gods who utter nonsense and diviners who see lies, tell false dreams and give empty consolation.  I wrote about how the household gods of today, gods that are not carved images setting in a little shrine tucked away in the corner, but are setting in a prominent place.  These modern day household gods are showcased on a 40, 55, 60 and 72 inch or larger screen. Continue reading

Words We Want To Hear

Words We Want To Hear

Jeremiah 10:3-5

for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
    and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so that it cannot move.
Their idols
are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
    and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
    for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
    for they cannot do evil,
    neither is it in them to do good.”

The theme of these verses seems to be a common one throughout the Old Testament.  False idols, and the destruction of a nation that turns to them is reported throughout the Bible, especially in the books of the prophets.

I have written a number of times about false gods and idolatry, and this will be another piece on that subject.  I’m sure there will be a few more times I will write about this, since I am currently reading the book of Jeremiah and still have fifteen more books to go in the Old Testatment. Continue reading

Boast In Your Flesh

Boast In Your Flesh

Galatians 6:13

For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

An old phrase comes to mind when I read this verse; do as I say, not as I do.  Of course I wanted to find out where that phrase originated.

I discovered it was first coined by an English jurist named John Selden in a book he wrote in 1654.  The book was published posthumously, 35 years after it was written.  It’s title, “The Table-Talk of John Selden”. Continue reading

Falling Into Temptation

Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading