Prides Destruction

Prides Destruction

Daniel 5

I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.

I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas.  When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.

Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note.  I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.

Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading

Mad Over Idols

Mad Over Idols

Jeremiah 50:38

A drought against her waters,
    that they may be dried up!
For it is a land of images,
    and they are mad over idols.

If you read the verses before and after this one (35 through 40), you’ll realize that Jeremiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon because of their oppression of Israel.  But that’s not why I wrote down this verse.  I wrote it down because of the second half of the verse and how it is still relevant today. Continue reading

Special Tools

Special Tools

Isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me

This is God talking to King Cyrus.

In this verse God is reminding Cyrus where his power and authority come from.  God reminds Cyrus not to get too full of himself and start thinking of himself as a god.

As king of Persia, Cyrus conquered Babylon which was a great power at the time. So Cyrus was a pretty powerful king to conquer such a powerful nation. Continue reading

Mad Over Idols

Mad Over Idols

Jeremiah 50:38

A drought against her waters,
    that they may be dried up!
For it is a land of images,
    and they are mad over idols.

If you read the verses before and after this one (35 through 40), you’ll realize that Jeremiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon because of their oppression of Israel.  But that’s not why I wrote down this verse.  I wrote it down because of the second half of the verse and how it is still relevant today. Continue reading

Special Tools

Special Tools

Isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is no other,
    besides me there is no God;
    I equip you, though you do not know me

This is God talking to King Cyrus.

In this verse God is reminding Cyrus where his power and authority come from.  God reminds Cyrus not to get too full of himself and start thinking of himself as a god.

As king of Persia, Cyrus conquered Babylon which was a great power at the time. So Cyrus was a pretty powerful king to conquer such a powerful nation. Continue reading

Hit Them Where It Hurts

Hit Them Where It Hurts

Ezra 4:11-16

(This is a copy of the letter that they sent.) “To Artaxerxes the king: Your servants, the men of the province Beyond the River, send greeting. And now be it known to the king that the Jews who came up from you to us have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and wicked city. They are finishing the walls and repairing the foundations. Now be it known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and the walls finished, they will not pay tribute, custom, or toll, and the royal revenue will be impaired. Now because we eat the salt of the palace and it is not fitting for us to witness the king’s dishonor, therefore we send and inform the king, in order that search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers. You will find in the book of the records and learn that this city is a rebellious city, hurtful to kings and provinces, and that sedition was stirred up in it from of old. That was why this city was laid waste. We make known to the king that if this city is rebuilt and its walls finished, you will then have no possession in the province Beyond the River.”

I found this letter to be interesting because it confirms what I have said about protests and symbolism.
Protest accomplish nothing. All of the signs, speeches,demonstrations, catchy little phrases and hash tags, don’t make a difference. They just make you feel better about yourself. You say; See, I did something, I wore this color, I wore this wristband, I stood or I kneeled with my hand in the air.  I did my part.  I’m helping. I’m special. Continue reading

Prides Destruction

Prides Destruction

Daniel 5

I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.

I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas.  When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.

Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note.  I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.

Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading