Power and Corruption

Power and Corruption

I read this verse from the Bible and even though it was written thousands of years ago one place from today immediately came to mind.

Read it and see if you think the same as I do.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verses 21 through 23: Continue reading

The First Step

The First Step

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun?  For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

These verses summarize what I have written in two of my previous posts.  Those posts covered King Solomon and his quest for understanding man.  In Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 Solomon writes about setting his heart to seek the understanding of man’s actions.  As a result of this quest he realizes how hollow man can be.

In Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 Solomon writes about the forces of life, God, the universe, and the vanity of man.  He tells me, for man to think that these forces don’t exist, or that man can change them, well that is truly vanity.

So now in Ecclesiastes 2:22-23, Solomon tells us the results of toiling and striving after worldly things under the sun.  The constant toil for worldly items brings sorrow and vexation.  It is vanity, it is pointless. Continue reading

The Truth In The Middle

The Truth In The Middle

Deuteronomy 19:15-19

A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

I read this and thought how far we have moved away from this basic law, rule, guideline, whatever you choose to call it.

The purpose of this law in the ancient times of Israel is self-evident.

You can’t accept the accusations of one person against another.  As humans we all, at some point have had an ax to grind with someone along the way.  And malicious or not we all just blurt out stupid nonsensical things. Continue reading

What Has Been Will Be

What Has Been Will Be

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
    and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
    but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
    there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
It has been already
    in the ages before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
    among those who come after.

My previous post, Vexation and Sorrow in Knowledge, dealt with King Solomon coming to the conclusion that setting your heart to understanding all of the things done by man is a sorrowful deal.  Here in these opening verses of Ecclesiastes, he tells us that all is vanity. Continue reading

Seek God – The First Law

Seek God – The First Law

2 Chronicles 30:18-19

For a majority of the people, many of them from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the Passover otherwise than as prescribed. For Hezekiah had prayed for them, saying, “May the good Lord pardon everyone who sets his heart to seek God, the Lord, the God of his fathers, even though not according to the sanctuary’s rules of cleanness.”

Hezekiah was the thirteenth king of Judah.  According to the Old Testament, he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.  Hezekiah cleansed and restored the temple of the Lord and returned Judah to the laws and traditions as set down by Moses.  This included the celebration of the Passover.

Many people came from tribes outside of Judah to celebrate the Passover.  They had not consecrated or cleansed themselves per the laws of Moses.  Hezekiah understood what was truly important about this feast.  It was a milestone for all the tribes of Israel to be returning to their laws and traditions and once again celebrate the Passover.  He knew it wasn’t about following processes and procedures.  It wasn’t about having all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed. Continue reading

Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

When I read this verse I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about it, but I knew I had to write something.

King Solomon decided to seek as much wisdom and knowledge as he could about what goes on in the world.  Solomon says he is going to “apply his heart” which means his very essence and being, to seeking this knowledge.  This is his life’s quest. Continue reading

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:12:15

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Sabbath – a day of rest as commanded by God in the Ten Commandments.  So important is the concept of rest and renewal, that is was in the top five of all the laws given to the Jews by God.

As a child I remember how everything, except for a few restaurants, shut down on Sunday.  It was one day during the week you knew everything was closed and if you were a working man it was the one day you were sure to have off. Continue reading