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
It’s tax day tomorrow so I thought I would run this post again.
Over the weekend I did the one thing that is pretty much guaranteed to put me in a bad mood. I did my income tax returns.
When I see how much I give the government in income tax it pisses me off, not to mention sales tax, real estate tax, per capita tax and so on and so on.
Don’t give me that crap about paying my fair share. That horseshit is served up to the masses by the politician we make rich, and I mean rich. They prosper off of the sweat of yours and my brow.
At one point I was prompted by the tax program to enter the whopping $47 I made in interest and I could watch as Washington immediately took $10 to $15. It pisses me off and it should piss you off. Continue reading
2 Timothy 2:6-7
It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have first share of the crops. Think over what I say for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
I have written about why government is so adamant about separation of church and state and how they have perverted the original intentions of this concept.
I fully agree with the edict of our founding fathers that there should not be an established official religion of the state. No one belief should be the law of the land.
But the ruling political class has seen the danger that religion, especially the Judeo-Christian values, pose to their power. Continue reading
Here are some quick thoughts on a Bible verse that caught my attention.
The verse is Jeremiah 5:30-31:
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule at their direction. My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?
When I read those two verses something inside my head told me to remember them.
When I read it my thoughts do not go to the ancient temples and courts of Israel. My thoughts go to the modern temples and courts of Washington DC.
I thought how once again I have come across ancient Biblical prophesies that are applicable today. Continue reading
You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the corn.
Here is the commentary of biblical scholar Matthew Henry in regards to this verse.
“This is a charge to husbandmen. It teaches us to make much of the animals that serve us. But we must learn, not only to be just, but kind to all who are employed for the good of our better part, our souls.”
“Be kind to all who are employed..” Continue reading
2 Chronicles 25:14-16
After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”
Amaziah became king of Judah after his father Joash was assassinated by his own servants. Joash laid severely wounded in his bed and his servants finished him off. This was in retribution for Joash commanding the stoning of Zechariah, who was a prominent priest who help Joash restore the temple of the Lord.
Joash became powerful and full of himself. One day the princes came to Joash to pay homage and with them they brought their false gods. Joash being convinced of his own greatness abandoned God and turned to the false Gods. Zechariah came to Joash and called him out on his idolatry, but Joash’s response was to have Zechariah killed. Joash’s pride caused him to make a bad decision, which finally caught up to him as he lay wounded in bed.
Amaziah, Joash’s son, succeeds his father as king of Judah. Continue reading
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