Selfish Expectations

Selfish Expectations

Hosea 13:5-6

It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
    in the land of drought;
but when they had grazed, they became full,
    they were filled, and their heart was lifted up;
    therefore they forgot me.

These two verses touch on a number of themes. There is the balance of the universe, times of  little and times of plenty.  And the subject of how we tend to pray like crazy when things go wrong, but when times are good, we don’t give thanks or realize what we have.  But today these verses brought to mind the arrogance of man.

The arrogance of man, the pride and selfishness to believe that we are the universe.  The arrogance of our expectations.  If the outcome doesn’t fit our expectations then all that happens throughout the universe are just random acts that have no rhyme or reason.  So we believe that we are not responsible for the consequences of our actions. 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

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

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

Socrates and a Chicken

Socrates and a Chicken

Romans 1:22-23

Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

I have written other pieces about the arrogance of man, especially in this day and age.  With the huge strides taken each year in science and technologies, many come to the conclusion that there is no God.  They believe that man will explain and eventually control all things.  So they begin to worship their own thoughts and hypothesis as the only real provable truth.  Man places intellect as god and worships the products of it. Continue reading

Perception of Power

Perception of Power

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.

Bethesda has two meanings.  “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”.  “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”.    “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading

These Things Are For Children

These Things Are For Children

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

Jesus was preaching to the crowd that gathered to hear the discussion he was having with the disciples of John the Baptist.  Christ was condemning the cities that had failed to repent even after having witnessed the works of Christ.

I would assume the cities that Christ was referring to in the earlier verses, considered themselves to be an epicenter of intellect and enlightenment.  But Christ is telling them they will pay the price for their arrogance, stiff necks and harden hearts.  This is just as the great prophets of the Old Testament had preached to metropolises of their time.

After denouncing these worldly centers, Christ then speaks the words in verse 25. Continue reading