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

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

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

Woe To You Lawyers

Woe To You Lawyers

Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke.  It’s just one verse.

Luke 11:46

And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you burden men with burdens heavy to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”

Lawyers, lawmakers, Congress, government, is this what Christ was referring to? 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

Magic Stones

Magic Stones

Proverbs 17:8

A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;

wherever he turns he prospers.

King Solomon understood politics.  This verse is the very essence of politics, as it is now and as it will always be.  No matter which side, this verse is politics.

Here is the Merriam Webster definition of politics:

  • The art or science of government.
  • The art or science concerned with guiding or influencing government policy.
  • The art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government.

Number three got me, winning and holding control over a government.  It’s not about doing what is right, or doing what is best for the people being governed.  Most of the time what is right and what is best is unpopular.  Being unpopular never got anyone elected. Continue reading

A Bribe Blinds The Eye

A Bribe Blinds The Eye

Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous.

God via Moses tries to impart this wisdom upon the Israelites.  God knows what man is.  God knows that governing produces power, which produces wealth, which produces greed and covetousness.

To those of you who put your faith in government I say read again Deuteronomy 16:19. Continue reading