Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Solomon is writing about the evil that exists in the world. When I read these verses I wrote the following note to myself: “Evil always has and always will exist in the world.” Solomon writes that those who are dead and those who have not been born are better off than the living. Why does he say this? Because from birth to death we will always come in contact with evil. Only those who no longer exist or those who never existed will be void of evil. Continue reading
Genesis 3 deals with what is simply known as “The Fall”.
I am sure most everyone knows this story. The story of how God gave man the Garden of Eden. A paradise which contained everything man would need to fulfill his spiritual and physical needs.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
God had given man all that he needed, just as Solomon realized thousands of years later, God had given man everything from the moment of creation. In the Garden of Eden man had all he needed to eat and drink and be happy in his toil.
But vanity took its toll on Eve as the serpent enticed her with covetousness, enticed her to seek and want that which she did not have, that which she did not need. Continue reading
The old men have left the city
The young men their music,
The joy of our hearts had ceased
Our dancing had been turned into mourning.
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.
Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.
Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.
What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance. Why do I like that?
Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil. Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. Continue reading
Righteous are you, O Lord,
when I complain to you;
yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
the beasts and the birds are swept away,
because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”
The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”. Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea. I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading
1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.
I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.
Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.
They will leave out the one key word. They will say “Money is the root of all evil”. But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading
I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.
It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.
I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today. Continue reading
Evil lies in the hearts of man.
Far from within, out of the heart of man comes evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery.
My wife purchased a unique wall decoration. It was a mask with two faces, some ram horns and a rat on the forehead. We didn’t have any idea what it was, what is was about or where it may have originated. All we knew was that it was a unique piece.
So my wife decided to post a picture on Facebook to see if any of her “friends” had any idea what it was or where it came from. She was looking for any information on the piece. Continue reading