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

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Illusions While Oppressing and Perverting

Isaiah 30:8-10

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.
For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
    prophesy illusions”

I thought these verses coincided with much of what I see in the world today.  I guess it’s always been like this.

Israel is seeking salvation from Egypt, which would upset anyone who knows their history with Egypt.  Here is a people who were previously enslaved by the Egyptians and now they are willing to buy protection from the Egyptians.  They are willing to potentially give up their freedom in order to have the perception of being safe. Continue reading

For Comfort and Convenience

For Comfort and Convenience

1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.

At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers.  They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses.  So they were called Judges.

They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic.  Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.

Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel.  When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.

In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption.  And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading

Every Man Under His Vine

Every Man Under His Vine

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.

When I read this it reminded me of my post “Candy Cried” which referenced the scene in “Of Mice and Men” where all the misfits were gathered in one place and talking about their collective passion.  All they wanted was a little piece of land to call their own.  A place in life to work and reap their rewards, a place to be left alone. 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

For Comfort and Convenience

For Comfort and Convenience

1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.

At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers.  They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses.  So they were called Judges.

They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic.  Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.

Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel.  When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.

In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption.  And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading

My Writing Habits II

My Writing Habits II

Here’s another in a short series of post about my writing habits and how they have been affected by my life changes.  I wrote these pieces about eight months ago.  This post was originally added to my composition book on September 21, 2016.

I have sold just about everything I owned and picked up the rest and moved 900 miles south to warm and sunny Florida.

Me, who is so entrenched in twenty five years of habits and routines, who finds such comfort in habits and routines, has taken them and tossed them aside.

It can be very disconcerting.

I don’t feel lost.  I don’t feel anxious.  I just feel like I am taking some time away from the habits and routines knowing that new ones will take their place.

But I am concerned about my writing habits. Continue reading