Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
Solomon is writing about the evil that exists in the world. When I read these verses I wrote the following note to myself: “Evil always has and always will exist in the world.” Solomon writes that those who are dead and those who have not been born are better off than the living. Why does he say this? Because from birth to death we will always come in contact with evil. Only those who no longer exist or those who never existed will be void of evil. Continue reading
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.
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
I wrote a note to myself after I read this chapter and what I wrote was, “Daniel 5, the part about becoming proud”.
I looked at this note a couple of days later. I was looking for some post ideas. When I looked at it I wasn’t sure why I wrote it down or what I meant so I placed the note in the back of my journal.
Over the next couple of weeks I kept bypassing this note. I would look at it, not get what I meant by the note and move on to another one.
Finally as I started running short of new ideas I decided to go back and re read Daniel 5 and see if I could figure out what it was I wanted to say when I wrote the cryptic note. Continue reading
“Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.
They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives. The double heart that they speak with is constant.
You never trust a word they say. They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.
I guess every office has one. You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.
They are extreme. Continue reading
1 Timothy 6:10
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.
I think this verse is one of the most misquoted verses of the Bible.
I know as a child and a teenager I often misquoted this verse and I remember my grandmother correcting me.
Most people paraphrase this verse especially when trying to make a compelling case against corporations, profits and capitalism.
They will leave out the one key word. They will say “Money is the root of all evil”. But if you read above, you will notice they omitted “love”. Continue reading
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
I don’t have much to say about this verse, but I didn’t want to skip over it either.
“I have overcome the world.”
I think this is a directive for all of us. Our basic primal instinct is to survive, and God has given us everything we need to survive. God has given us all the materials, and the knowledge to use those materials for our survival. With all our technological wonders, we do not conjure up anything out of thin air. Whatever we have, has been here from the beginning. Continue reading
“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?
“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.
Every time I read through the Bible, the more I realize it comes down to personal responsibility. Each of us is responsible for our lives. Circumstances vary, forces outside of our control can act upon us, but how we react or how proactive we are is what makes us who we are. Continue reading