The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
That’s some pretty powerful stuff right there.
Ezekiel the Old Testament prophet is laying down some twenty first century wisdom. Actually it’s eternal wisdom that will apply throughout time.
What Ezekiel is saying is you are in charge and you are responsible for all you do and all that happens to you. Not the government, not the church, not your family, not your friends, not your enemies, but you and only you are responsible.
Your righteousness and your wickedness are yours to own. You own it, no one else does, no matter what you think of say. Continue reading
The king is not saved by his great army;
a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
and by its great might it cannot rescue.
What is King David saying in these two verses? He’s saying, “Might doesn’t make right,” But he is also telling me that you can store up all the wealth and power, be strong enough in men and materials to defeat any enemy, but all this will not bring you salvation. Salvation, not great victories, not success over others, but your personal salvation. The salvation of your soul, your being.
What is salvation? Continue reading
You have kept count of my tossing’s;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
I learned something from this verse. I wrote it down because something spoke to me. I guess it was the reference to collecting tears in a bottle. I thought it was very poetic. Before I started writing this piece I wanted to read what the Biblical scholars had to say about this verse.
What I discovered is that not only was the phrase poetic, it was also a custom that has been practiced throughout history. Continue reading
Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
This post is really about the entire 73rd Psalm but I thought its essence was captured in the first three verses. As I read through the Book of Psalms, which is preceded by the Book of Job, I begin to realize how the lessons of Job were learned and written about by King David. Continue reading
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span[a] 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.
I had already written a piece about Psalm 90:10-12 but after reading these verses again I felt like I had a bit more to say. Forgive me if I repeat myself. Continue reading
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
Righteous are you, O Lord,
when I complain to you;
yet I would plead my case before you.
Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
they grow and produce fruit;
you are near in their mouth
and far from their heart.
But you, O Lord, know me;
you see me, and test my heart toward you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn
and the grass of every field wither?
For the evil of those who dwell in it
the beasts and the birds are swept away,
because they said, “He will not see our latter end.”
The English Standard Version of the Bible gives verses one through four the title: “Jeremiah’s Complaint”. Some of the commentaries I have read about these verses state that this is not Jeremiah quarreling with God, or attempting to quarrel with God, but it is a plea. I would say a plea for justice. Continue reading