Words We Want To Hear

Words We Want To Hear

Jeremiah 10:3-5

for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
A tree from the forest is cut down
    and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.
They decorate it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so that it cannot move.
Their idols
are like scarecrows in a cucumber field,
    and they cannot speak;
they have to be carried,
    for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them,
    for they cannot do evil,
    neither is it in them to do good.”

The theme of these verses seems to be a common one throughout the Old Testament.  False idols, and the destruction of a nation that turns to them is reported throughout the Bible, especially in the books of the prophets.

I have written a number of times about false gods and idolatry, and this will be another piece on that subject.  I’m sure there will be a few more times I will write about this, since I am currently reading the book of Jeremiah and still have fifteen more books to go in the Old Testatment. Continue reading

The Truth Can Be Hard

The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today. Continue reading

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

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

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

How Can A Gift From God Be Evil?

Lamentations 5:14-15

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

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

An Appalling And Horrible Thing

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

The Truth Can Be Hard

The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today. Continue reading

They Will Exalt Themselves

They Will Exalt Themselves

I am writing this post in the midst of a presidential election year.

It is an election year that has been and promises to be a real circus. But then again aren’t they all.

As with every presidential election cycle or really any election cycle there is a plethora of promises to change everything and make it all better.  And just as in all previous election cycles there are plenty of potential voters out there ready to lap up the lies and I’m talking lies all around, for and from everyone. Continue reading