but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
When I read this verse, I thought that I had already written about it. But as I reviewed my previous writings, I discovered the verse I had already written about was this one from 1 Kings 4:25.
And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.
I referenced this verse from 1 Kings in my post, “Every Man Under His Vine”, and in that post I referenced another post which was titled, “Candy Cried”. The thought in these posts and verses, is of an individual having a place in life to live as an individual, a place to sow and reap the fruits of their labor. Continue reading
The other evening I read 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12. It’s the story of King David, Bathsheba and the price David paid for his sins.
If you’re not familiar with the story here is a recap.
One day King David is up on the roof of his house looking around. He looks down and sees Bathsheba taking a bath. She is described as “very beautiful”. David wants to know who she is. He asks and is told she is the wife of another man. This doesn’t stop David, he has her brought to him and then next thing you know Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s baby.
David knows that this isn’t going to look good. The holy king knocking up another man’s wife. Continue reading
The other day I had numerous burdens on my shoulders.
At one point I stopped my worried thought and said to myself “I have all these worries and not one of them is of my doing.”
Not one of them came about because of a decision I had made or course of action that I had chosen. Yet here were these burdens I was carrying on my shoulders.
Now I dealt with each one of them the best I could and in a few days they were lifted, but at any time they could and probably would revisit.
I asked myself “Why do people place these burdens on me?”
I thought that would be a good subject for a post but as I started to write this piece a number of days removed from the situation I realized only one person placed those burdens on my shoulders. Continue reading