Power and Corruption

Power and Corruption

I read this verse from the Bible and even though it was written thousands of years ago one place from today immediately came to mind.

Read it and see if you think the same as I do.

Isaiah Chapter 1 Verses 21 through 23: Continue reading

The First Step

The First Step

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun?  For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

These verses summarize what I have written in two of my previous posts.  Those posts covered King Solomon and his quest for understanding man.  In Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 Solomon writes about setting his heart to seek the understanding of man’s actions.  As a result of this quest he realizes how hollow man can be.

In Ecclesiastes 1:2-11 Solomon writes about the forces of life, God, the universe, and the vanity of man.  He tells me, for man to think that these forces don’t exist, or that man can change them, well that is truly vanity.

So now in Ecclesiastes 2:22-23, Solomon tells us the results of toiling and striving after worldly things under the sun.  The constant toil for worldly items brings sorrow and vexation.  It is vanity, it is pointless. Continue reading

What Has Been Will Be

What Has Been Will Be

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
    vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
    at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
    and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
    and on its circuits the wind returns.
All streams run to the sea,
    but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
    there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
    a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
    nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
    and what has been done is what will be done,
    and there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there a thing of which it is said,
    “See, this is new”?
It has been already
    in the ages before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
    nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
    among those who come after.

My previous post, Vexation and Sorrow in Knowledge, dealt with King Solomon coming to the conclusion that setting your heart to understanding all of the things done by man is a sorrowful deal.  Here in these opening verses of Ecclesiastes, he tells us that all is vanity. Continue reading

Vanity of Vanities

Vanity of Vanities

I thought today, since I am writing about the book of Ecclesiastes, I would start from the beginning.  The very first verse tells us in a sort of cryptic way about the author of this book.  They refer to themselves as the Preacher.  Most people believe that person to be King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:1

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

If you take this verse at it’s face value, the son of David and King in Jerusalem was Solomon.  Some say that “son” may refer to the lineage of King David, but I’ll keep it simple and stick with Solomon as the Preacher.  Who wrote the book isn’t as important as the lessons being taught in this book.  King Solomon starts teaching from the first verses. Continue reading

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

The Fall – A Loss Of Innocence

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.

Genesis 2:15-17

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

Debt – A Way Of Life

Debt – A Way Of Life

Deuteronomy 15:6

For the Lord your God will bless you, as he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.

“…but you shall not borrow…”

I believe God is advising Israel on how to stay wealthy and self-sufficient, as a nation and a people.  I believe God is advising us, on a personal level, on how to stay in control of your life.

I’m not going to get into the amount of debt we have as a country, nor the amount that other countries owe our country.  I guess I just wanted to write about another example of advice and wisdom that has transcended through the ages. Continue reading

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Unless The Lord Builds The House

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Unless the Lord builds the house.

What is the house that King David is talking about?  It is you, your body, my body, and our community as human beings.  To go through life, building a life and a community without God in your heart is vanity or as David’s son would say, vanity and a striving after wind. Continue reading