Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Vexation And Sorrow In Knowledge

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

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

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

Genesis 3 deals with what is simply known as “The Fall”.

I am sure most everyone knows this story.  The story of how God gave man the Garden of Eden. A paradise which contained everything man would need to fulfill his spiritual and physical needs.

Genesis 2:15-17

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

God had given man all that he needed, just as Solomon realized thousands of years later, God had given man everything from the moment of creation.  In the Garden of Eden man had all he needed to eat and drink and be happy in his toil.

But vanity took its toll on Eve as the serpent enticed her with covetousness, enticed her to seek and want that which she did not have, that which she did not need. Continue reading

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

Psalms 90:10-12

The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.

How powerful are these words from Psalms?

I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny.  There is no denying the power of these words.

Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.

When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.

This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse.  Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life.  He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading

Humble Yourself, Listen and Learn

Humble Yourself, Listen and Learn

I have written about how the book of Proverbs is one of my favorite books if not my favorite book of the Bible.

Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, fool despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 3:7 – Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

I wrote down these two verses because they speak about something I feel strongly about, humility.

There is wisdom in the poetry of King Solomon that is unsurpassed in all works through the ages.

It doesn’t matter if you do or don’t believe in God, there is no denying the wisdom and life lessons in this book.  To pass it off as some mythical comic book hokum is foolishness and fits right into these two verses. Continue reading

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

My Favorite Lessons From Proverbs

This post is from May 23, 2015.

One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.

Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.

Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end.  I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.

The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading

Don’t Wait For Moses, Deliver Yourself

Don’t Wait For Moses, Deliver Yourself

Reading the Bible has been teaching me life lessons.

That is its purpose.  No matter what you do or don’t believe there is much knowledge and wisdom to be gained from this book.

I was thinking about the Israelites and how Moses brought them out of the bondage of Egypt.

Just about everyone over the age of 50 has seen Cecil B DeMille’s classic movie “The Ten Commandments”.  I believe it’s still on TV around Easter and Passover. Continue reading

Grope In Darkness, Stagger Like Drunkards

Grope In Darkness, Stagger Like Drunkards

Every morning I start the day with my routine, the three S’s.   While taking care of the first S I read my Bible.  I’m multi tasking.

I’m not a guy who wears his religion on his sleeve.

Although my religion was given to me by my parents, when it comes to my religion I don’t have the same perspective as my parents.

It’s mine and only mine and I don’t expect it to be yours.  Live and let live.

I do find The Bible a tremendous source of wisdom and knowledge and I have read through it cover to cover a number of times.

On this current read through I am at the point where I am getting to some of my favorite books like Job, Proverbs and Psalms.

These books not only teach but inspire. Continue reading