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

Rooted In Covetousness

Rooted In Covetousness

Malachi 2:17

You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”

Malachi is addressing the priests and rulers of Israel.  In verse sixteen, Malachi tells the priests just how sinful they have been, but he also lets them know that there is still time for repentance. He also advises them of the consequences they will have to suffer if they continue on their current path. Continue reading

Meat In A Pot

Meat In A Pot

Micah 3:1-3

And I said:
Hear, you heads of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
     you who hate the good and love the evil,
who tear the skin from off my people
    and their flesh from off their bones,
who eat the flesh of my people,
    and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
    and chop them up like meat in a pot,
    like flesh in a cauldron.

This will be a short post.  There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said about the words that Micah is conveying to the leaders of ancient Israel.  Micah is simply informing them of what many Old Testament prophets have said.  He is telling Israel of their pending disaster, the consequences they are going to suffer for their actions, their sins.

Maybe his descriptions in verses two and three seem harsh, but what corrupt leaders and governments do to their people is harsh. Continue reading

One True Law

One True Law

Romans 13:8-9

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

In these two verses Paul sums up the very essence of love and our path back to the innocence of the Garden of Eden.

After God freed the Hebrews from the bondage of Egypt, God gave them ten simple laws that their entire society could be built upon.  Nothing else was required.  Follow these rules and all will be well. Continue reading

Giving Up Our Moral Authority

Giving Up Our Moral Authority

This is a follow up to my previous post “For Comfort and Convenience”.  The post was about how the Israelites were willing to give up a piece of their freedom for a king.  They still wanted a king even after being  duly warned by Samuel. They wanted someone to fight their battles, someone to give them comfort and convenience and they were willing to give up a piece of their freedom.

After writing that post, I began to think more about a verse in 1 Samuel 8, verse 7.

And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.

God says, “but they have rejected me from being king over them”. Continue reading

Power and Corruption

Power and Corruption

I read this verse from the Bible and even though it was written thousands of years ago one place from today immediately came to mind.

Read it and see if you think the same as I do.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verses 21 through 23: Continue reading

The Music Master General

The Music Master General

1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.

King David organizes:

  • The Levites
  • The Priests
  • The Gate Keepers
  • The Treasurers
  • The Military
  • The Tribal Leaders
  • Other Officials

Who else does King David makes sure is organized?

In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading