(Today marks 40 years since we said, “I do”. Here’s to 40 more.)
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him
I did some research on King Lemuel. I didn’t know who he was and I thought King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs. Some scholars think otherwise, but I guess who wrote the book isn’t as important as what is in the book. After reading their arguments I still believe it is the work of King Solomon.
It turns out that King Lemuel was really King Solomon just using another name much like he does in the book of Ecclesiastes. In that book Solomon only refers to himself as “The Preacher”. And so it is likely that the advice being given to King Solomon is from his mother Bathsheba.
As I read Proverbs 31, I came to verses 10 through 31, which in the English Standard Version of the Bible is titled, “The Woman Who Fears the Lord”. And as I read them I thought of my wife.
Today June 16, marks the fortieth year of my life with this woman as my wife, and there is none other in this world with whom I want to spend my remaining days. Continue reading
Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’
This is a lesson for many of us today.
So many of us feel we should be rewarded for just showing up in life and we teach this to our children. We start this “you are special just for showing up” at a very young age.
Participation trophies, attendance awards, etc., these are meant to make the mediocre special.
No wonder we now throw around hollow and meaningless compliments like pennies in a wishing well.
This feeling of mediocracy as something to celebrate spreads into our adult lives. We have a government that swears by it and promotes it. We have mass media that follows suit. Continue reading
Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.
Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading
Here’s a short post dealing with the The Gospel according to Luke. It’s just one verse.
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
I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.
I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it. I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.
King Solomon writes:
“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”
St. Paul agrees when he writes:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”
But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading
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
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