In previous posts I have written about how I can’t find any verses in the Bible where music is condemned or categorized as evil.
Then I came across this verse:
Take away from me the noise or your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
When I first read this I wrote a note to myself listing this verse and then shoved the note in my composition book. I pulled it out a couple of weeks later and read the verse I thought maybe I finally found a verse where music is condemned. But then I went back and read the verse in its context.
Read it below as part of Amos 5:18-24: Continue reading
But you say, ‘What a weariness this is”, and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.
I’m just about all the way through the Old Testament on this go round with the Bible.
This verse spoke to me beyond the literal interpretation.
Animal sacrifices are obviously an antiquated idea.
They existed in Biblical times to drive home the seriousness of sin. Through these sacrifices you atoned or paid for your sin.
The price was steep. You sacrificed your best. You sacrificed your unblemished, your males who could produce quality off spring, the males that could grow your flock and enrich your wealth.
You give your best to God because God comes first. By not giving your best you anger God and hurt yourself. Continue reading
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the entire Bible and King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in the Old Testament.
The above passage talks about the most recurring theme from all of King Solomon’s writing.
The theme that’s been my words to live by, which is summed up in verse 13. Continue reading
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
This is a verse to read when you are going through some tough times. I wrote it down on a piece of paper many years ago. I wrote it down during a time when the frustration and stress of my job was literally starting to kill me.
I had a piece of notebook paper where I copied inspirational and comforting verses from the Bible. I kept this piece of paper in my front pocket and carried it with me throughout the day. I would take it out of my pocket and read the verses, especially when the stress levels were rising. Reading them would calm me down just a bit.
I carried this piece of paper for over a year.
It was folded and unfolded so many times from reading it and adding new verses to it that the folds in the paper had started to come apart.
Then one day my cherished piece of paper was gone. Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
People will tell you that the Bible is antiquated.
What does antiquated mean?
“Very old and no longer useful, popular or accepted: very old fashion, obsolete”
Or how about this definition:
“Outmoded or discredited by reason of age; being out of style of fashion”
Many people do consider the Bible to be very old, no longer popular or accepted. Many consider it to be out of style and out of fashion.
But to say it is no longer useful or to discredit it by reason of age is foolish.
The Bible is not antiquated. Continue reading
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
What is James talking about in these verses? He is talking about personal responsibility.
He is telling us that temptation and sin are of our own doing. We are not puppets and God is pulling the strings. We are all free individuals able to make our own decisions and choices. And with freedom comes responsibility, personal responsibility. Continue reading