Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
My post, Living In Your Paneled House, dealt with the words of the prophet Haggai. He was addressing the people of Israel after their return from captivity in Babylon. The Old Testament Book of Haggai starts by him admonishing the Jews for taking care of their personal homes while neglecting the rebuilding of the Lord’s temple. Haggai was letting all people who hear his words know that they must take care of their spiritual house, which is our spiritual self, which is the house of the Lord. Continue reading
Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. 6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
My previous post dealt with the book of Haggai and cited chapter 1 verse 4. I wrote about verse 4 telling us that we must take care of our spiritual house. We live in worldly houses and every day we get up and work to maintain our worldly house, but far and few between are the days we strive to maintain and improve our spiritual house. In verses five and six, Haggai is informing the people of Israel and all people, past, present and future, of the consequences of not maintaining and improving your spiritual house. Continue reading
“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?
Haggai was one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. I wondered why a prophet would be referred to as a minor prophet. It seemed to me that saying he was a minor prophet was like saying you had a minor heart attack. There’s nothing minor about a heart attack, just like there’s nothing minor about a prophet of God. Continue reading
“With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
I made a note about these three verses but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write. Now, as I read them and begin to write this piece, I realize just how simple a message it is, yet so eloquently stated.
In the English Standard Version of the Bible, these verses are titled, “What Does the Lord Require?” Continue reading
1 Chronicles 23 through 27 is all about how King David organizes all the various departments for the governing of Israel.
King David organizes:
- The Levites
- The Priests
- The Gate Keepers
- The Treasurers
- The Military
- The Tribal Leaders
- Other Officials
Who else does King David makes sure is organized?
In chapter 25, David organizes the musicians. Continue reading
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.”
I like this verse.
I wrote it down and then read some commentary by theological scholars.
Now as I was reading their commentaries my first thought was “Gee, they should call these guys Biblical lawyers or theological engineers.”
Why? Continue reading
My mouth shall speak wisdom, the mediation of my heart shall be understanding. I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
What I like most about these verses is the final line, “I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.”
It speaks of how spiritual music is and how music can move you emotionally and that it should.
It speaks of the idea that music can open you up to thoughts and feelings, to see things differently. Music is very powerful.
It says to me that King David would use the melodies, chords, rhythms and sounds of music to help him settle his mind, calm his soul and contemplate the answers to the questions and problems of his life.
It says to me music is holy. Continue reading