Just A Feel Good Word

Just A Feel Good Word

Lamentations 3:34-39

To crush underfoot
all the prisoners of the earth,
to deny a man justice
in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
the Lord does not approve.

Who has spoken and it came to pass,
unless the Lord has commanded it?
Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that good and bad come?
Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?

When I read these verses, I am reminded of the arrogance of man and so is Jeremiah who wrote these lamentations for Israel.  I am reminded of the arrogance of people who assume that all justice is defined as they see it.  I am talking about the arrogance of  those who think that punishment is to be doled out to their own sense of revenge.  The assumption that they are the sole proprietors of making the determination of the punishment to fit the crime.  People believe they are the center of the universe and therefore the balance is of their doing and it is to be to their satisfaction.  But we are only a mere sub atomic particle in the infinity of space.

Justice is very subjective.  Continue reading

The Arrogance Of Man

The Arrogance Of Man

Job 40:2

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job and his friends are trying to find the answer to why Job, a very righteous man, has suffered horrific losses.  He lost all his wealth and possessions, his family has been killed, except his wife, and his body is covered in boils and sores.

Jobs friends are convinced it must be retribution from God for a great sin or sins.  Job is steadfast in his declaration of innocence and righteousness, and he is correct.  Job is convinced it is some horrible trick being played on him by God.  Throughout the Book of Job the men are professing to know why God has done this to Job.

Job’s friends proclaiming their knowledge of God demonstrates the arrogance of man. Continue reading

Power, Corruption, Sin, Truth

Power, Corruption, Sin, Truth

Jeremiah 26:10-11

When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the Lord. Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”

What has Jeremiah said or done to make the officials of Judah want to have him perish?  Well, let’s look back at Jeremiah 26:4-6: Continue reading

They Deal With It.

They Deal With It.

Isaiah 1:2-3

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;

for the Lord has spoken:

“Children have I reared and brought up,

but they have rebelled against me.

The ox knows its owner,

and the donkey its master’s crib,

but Israel does not know,

my people do not understand.”

Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament who lived his life 700 years before the birth of Christ.  Isaiah is regarded as one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament because of his foretelling of Christ.  The best know prophesy from Isaiah would be 7:14:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 1:2-3 attracted me because of it’s reference to people rebelling against God because of their arrogance.  Isaiah writes that the people, who have been given this gift of life, now rebel against God.  God has given life to man, brought Israel out of bondage, removed those intent on destroying Israel, given them judges and kings.  God has given them all of this and prosperity and yet they turn to idols and false gods. Continue reading

The Trap Of Arrogance

The Trap Of Arrogance

Psalm 73:1-3

Truly God is good to Israel,

to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,

my steps had nearly slipped.

For I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses.  As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading

The Arrogance Of Man

The Arrogance Of Man

Job 40:2

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job and his friends are trying to find the answer to why Job, a very righteous man, has suffered horrific losses.  He lost all his wealth and possessions, his family has been killed, except his wife, and his body is covered in boils and sores.

Jobs friends are convinced it must be retribution from God for a great sin or sins.  Job is steadfast in his declaration of innocence and righteousness, and he is correct.  Job is convinced it is some horrible trick being played on him by God.  Throughout the Book of Job the men are professing to know why God has done this to Job.

Job’s friends proclaiming their knowledge of God demonstrates the arrogance of man. Continue reading

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

2 Chronicles 25:14-16

After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

Amaziah became king of Judah after his father Joash was assassinated by his own servants.  Joash laid severely wounded in his bed and his servants finished him off.  This was in retribution for Joash commanding the stoning of Zechariah, who was a prominent priest who help Joash restore the temple of the Lord.

Joash became powerful and full of himself. One day the princes came to Joash to pay homage and with them they brought their false gods.  Joash being convinced of his own greatness abandoned God and turned to the false Gods.  Zechariah came to Joash and called him out on his idolatry, but Joash’s response was to have Zechariah killed.  Joash’s pride caused him to make a bad decision, which finally caught up to him as he lay wounded in bed.

Amaziah, Joash’s son, succeeds his father as king of Judah. Continue reading