Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Okay, so I’m beating this to death, but I feel this phrase, “the fear of the Lord” is very important.  At least it is to me and my life.

I previously wrote how this phrase turns up numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  And I have written how this phrase is misconstrued.  Most concepts of “the fear of the Lord” are, a being of human form, floating above in the clouds, looking down, just waiting for us to screw up.  But if you read any of my previous posts on this phrase you know that’s not what it’s about. Continue reading

What’s Wrong With A Census?

What’s Wrong With A Census?

1 Chronicles 21:1-7

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.” But Joab said, “May the Lord add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord’s servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab.  But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.

When I first read these verses I didn’t understand why God would be displeased with King David taking a census.  I thought, what is wrong with knowing how many citizens you have to rule.  Countries, including our country, take a census every so many years to determine population growth, changes in demographics, etc.  Where is the sin it this?

Then, as I read it again, I realized David was getting the number of soldiers he had under his command.  Okay, again what’s wrong with that?  Eisenhower needed to know troop strength for both the Allies and the Axis.  What commander wouldn’t want to know this?  That is vital information for strategic and logistical planning.

I also wondered why David’s top commander bulked at this request.  What did he know that David didn’t know?  How did Joab know David was committing a sin? Continue reading

Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Fear Of A Gift Wasted

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Okay, so I’m beating this to death, but I feel this phrase, “the fear of the Lord” is very important.  At least it is to me and my life.

I previously wrote how this phrase turns up numerous times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament.  And I have written how this phrase is misconstrued.  Most concepts of “the fear of the Lord” are, a being of human form, floating above in the clouds, looking down, just waiting for us to screw up.  But if you read any of my previous posts on this phrase you know that’s not what it’s about. Continue reading

Trust In Princes?

Trust In Princes?

Psalm 146:3-4

Put not your trust in princes,
    in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
    on that very day his plans perish.

“Put not your trust in princes”, words to live by, especially in this day and age.

All the princes of today, all of our “leaders”, our “representatives”, are telling us to put our trust in them.  But we should realize they are anything but trust worthy.  They say trust us, we will make your life better, we know what is best for you.  To listen and believe this rhetoric, no matter who it comes from, is pure folly.  As David writes there is no salvation. Continue reading

Guard That Mouth!

Guard That Mouth!

Psalm 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!

This is sound advice and a theme that appears numerous times in the Bible.  Prophets from the Old and New Testament speak of guarding the words the come out of your mouth.  I have written a number of posts on this subject and I thought I would touch on it again. Continue reading

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Unless the Lord builds the house.

What is the house that King David is talking about?  It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings.  To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading

Take Refuge In The Lord

Take Refuge In The Lord

Psalm 118:8-9

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in princes.

You have heard some variations of the quote, “In God we trust, all others we verify”, or “all others we monitor”, or “all others bring data”.  This is what David is saying in these two verses but in a more eloquent and poetic manner. Continue reading