Hard Headed

Hard Headed

Isaiah 48:4

Because I know that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew
    and your forehead brass,

This is Isaiah summing up man.

In Isaiah 48, Isaiah is telling the Israelites how God has shown them miracles, brought them out of bondage, and informed them of the consequences of their actions.  God reminds them that all the things told to them and shown to them have come to pass.  The Israelites knew of the consequences of their actions and chose to ignore them, they turned to man-made idols for their salvation. Continue reading

Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

Two Kinds Of Weights

Two Kinds Of Weights

Deuteronomy 25:13-16

“You shall not have in your bag two kinds of weights, a large and a small. You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small. A full and fair weight you shall have, a full and fair measure you shall have, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. For all who do such things, all who act dishonestly, are an abomination to the Lord your God.

These verses are a part of the laws passed down from God to Moses.  Moses passed them down to the Jews.  This law is God instructing the Jews to treat everyone equally and to not cheat your fellowman.  I don’t think anyone, Jew, Christian, atheist or whatever, can argue with that.  All of this goes back to the Ten Commandments and obeying them.

What would cause you to cheat your fellowman?  When you covet, covet something they have or something you don’t have.  So you lie and cheat (bear false witness) to get it.

This is just God giving us a little more detail into living a righteous life.  We humans can be very stiff necked and thick headed. Continue reading

Pray For What We Covet

Pray For What We Covet

James 4:1-3

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

I wrote a post about how covetousness is the gateway to all sin.  In it I talked about how it is commandment number ten and leads you right up from nine to six.  And here, in a letter from James to the Jewish Christians outside of Palestine, my thoughts are confirmed. Continue reading

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Covetousness – The Gateway Drug

Luke 12:14-15

But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Here is a simple definition of covetous from the Merriam-Webster Website Dictionary:  “feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.”

Covetousness, many would associate that word with greed and that would be correct.

Many would say it applies to the rich because they have so much and want so much more and the rich make them angry.  What they don’t realize is that statement demonstrates their own covetousness.

They say life isn’t fair.  How comes they get to be rich and I don’t?  I want someone to set that right for me.

So the desire for so called “social justice” is most often based in sin, the sin of breaking the last commandment. Continue reading