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
Three thoughts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of King Solomon.
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
Solomon certainly understood the importance of having a wife, a partner, someone whom you love, to share the experiences of your toil. 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
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
When I read this verse I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about it, but I knew I had to write something.
King Solomon decided to seek as much wisdom and knowledge as he could about what goes on in the world. Solomon says he is going to “apply his heart” which means his very essence and being, to seeking this knowledge. This is his life’s quest. Continue reading
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
lest the Lord see it and be displeased,
and turn away his anger from him.
I read these verses and thought about how they fit into the theme of why does God let bad things happen to good people and vice versa. It also goes along with the whole balance of the universe and eventually, on God’s terms, there is a price to pay for sin.
Job questioned it throughout the Book of Job. He wondered why a good and righteous man such as himself, could have such horrible events happen to him. Remember Job lost all his possessions, which were extensive He lost his entire family except for his wife. Job questioned because he looked around and saw the wicked man living in the lap of luxury, while committing sins and having the time of his life. Continue reading
What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.
These verses summarize what I have written in two of my previous posts. Those posts covered King Solomon and his quest for understanding man. In Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 Solomon writes about setting his heart to seek the understanding of man’s actions. As a result of this quest he realizes how hollow man can be.
In Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 Solomon writes about the forces of life, God, the universe, and the vanity of man. He tells me, for man to think that these forces don’t exist, or that man can change them, well that is truly vanity.
So now in Ecclesiastes 2:22-23, Solomon tells us the results of toiling and striving after worldly things under the sun. The constant toil for worldly items brings sorrow and vexation. It is vanity, it is pointless. Continue reading