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

Seeing Is Not Believing

Seeing Is Not Believing

Isaiah 11:3-5

And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

Isaiah is speaking of the Messiah.  If you read further into chapter 11, specifically verses 6 through 9, you will read about the peace that the Messiah will bring to the world.  What I wanted to write about is what Isaiah is saying in verses 3 through 5, and how they apply to the present, especially with all the technology and how easy it is to manipulate the truth. Continue reading

The Truth In The Middle

The Truth In The Middle

Deuteronomy 19:15-19

A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

I read this and thought how far we have moved away from this basic law, rule, guideline, whatever you choose to call it.

The purpose of this law in the ancient times of Israel is self-evident.

You can’t accept the accusations of one person against another.  As humans we all, at some point have had an ax to grind with someone along the way.  And malicious or not we all just blurt out stupid nonsensical things. Continue reading

The Truth Can Be Hard

The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today. Continue reading

The Arrogance Of Man

The Arrogance Of Man

Job 40:2

“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?

He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Job and his friends are trying to find the answer to why Job, a very righteous man, has suffered horrific losses.  He lost all his wealth and possessions, his family has been killed, except his wife, and his body is covered in boils and sores.

Jobs friends are convinced it must be retribution from God for a great sin or sins.  Job is steadfast in his declaration of innocence and righteousness, and he is correct.  Job is convinced it is some horrible trick being played on him by God.  Throughout the Book of Job the men are professing to know why God has done this to Job.

Job’s friends proclaiming their knowledge of God demonstrates the arrogance of man. Continue reading

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

Who Made You Royal Counselor?

2 Chronicles 25:14-16

After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the Lord was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

Amaziah became king of Judah after his father Joash was assassinated by his own servants.  Joash laid severely wounded in his bed and his servants finished him off.  This was in retribution for Joash commanding the stoning of Zechariah, who was a prominent priest who help Joash restore the temple of the Lord.

Joash became powerful and full of himself. One day the princes came to Joash to pay homage and with them they brought their false gods.  Joash being convinced of his own greatness abandoned God and turned to the false Gods.  Zechariah came to Joash and called him out on his idolatry, but Joash’s response was to have Zechariah killed.  Joash’s pride caused him to make a bad decision, which finally caught up to him as he lay wounded in bed.

Amaziah, Joash’s son, succeeds his father as king of Judah. Continue reading

Take A Vow Of Silence

Take A Vow Of Silence

Psalms 12:2 – “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