Return The Fruits

Return The Fruits

Jeremiah 31:16

Thus says the Lord:
“Keep your voice from weeping,
    and your eyes from tears,
for there is a reward for your work,
declares the Lord,
    and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

If you were to read the verse that precedes Jeremiah 31:16 you would know that verse sixteen is God speaking about Rachel, whom I guess you could say is the matriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel was one of Jacob’s two wives.  Jacob became Israel,  who was the patriarch of the Israelites.  Rachel had trouble bearing children, but eventually was able to conceive and bear Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve that make up the tribes of Israel.

In verse fifteen, Rachel is said to be weeping for her children.  These verses were written hundreds of years after Rachel’s death, so they are referring to the descendants of Jacob that were now being plundered and taken into captivity. Continue reading

The Real Rewards

The Real Rewards

A few months back I learned that a former co-worker had hit the lottery.

About three years ago they left the company I work for to go back to their former employer.

That person and about 9 co-workers had combined their funds and played the Powerball.  Although they didn’t win the “Mega” prize they did win $2,000,000.

The individual  shares of the prize amounted to roughly $145,000 after taxes.  Not the millions that everyone thinks about when you hear that someone hit the lottery, but still a real nice chunk of change.

My first thought was “good for them”. Continue reading