Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dinner with God

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.  You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since that place where the Lord you God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the Lord you God blesses you, then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses. You may spend the money for whatever your heat desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and you household.”

OK, those who read their Bibles recognize this as a part of the rules and regulations regarding the tithe.  But there is one point here that caught my attention…if your clan lived too far away from the site God chose to have the Levites set up the Tabernacle, you were allowed to sell your tithe for money and take the earnings, with your entire household to the place the Lord God chose.

Once you arrived there you could purchase anything you wanted ("heart desires," x2) for this grand meal which you and your whole family were to celebrate in the presence of God; His goodness to supply all your needs, in order for you to give a blessing back to God by joining him for dinner.

To worship God with a meal, to have table fellowship with the Lord, to raise a glass of wine in praise to God, and thank him for his provision; now that is a wonderful way to tithe.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Bible According to Kids (When you need to laugh!)

I found this posted by one of my friends on Facebook.
This you keep when you need a really good laugh!

*The Bible according to kids*

The following statements about the Bible were written by children and have not been retouched or corrected (i.e. bad spelling has been left in.)

  • The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
  • David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar.  He fought with the Finkelsteins, a race of people who lived in Biblical times. 
  • Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
  • St. John, the blacksmith, dumped water on his head. 
  •   He also explained that “Man does not live by sweat alone”. 
  • It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
  • St. Paul cavorted to Christianity. He preached the holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage. 

  • A Christian should have only one spouse.  This is called monotony.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Irrigation or Rain from Heaven?

Deuteronomy 11:10-11 “For the land, into which you are entering in to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seeds and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden.  But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven.”

Egyptian Shaduff
Watch this short clip (sorry about the commercial) to get an idea how the ancient people of Egypt (and of course the Israelite slaves) would water crops “… with your foot…” or as I believe, using your own muscle power (and animal power) to water the crops needed to feed all the people.

What I think God is promising the “Children of Israel” as they get ready to enter the "Promise Land," is that they will have to trust God to bring rain to water the seeds they are sowing. They will have to trust God for the growth, instead of the work of their own hands to bring the water that will germinate the seeds.

I saw the difference in trust being asked.  So I asked myself this question; do I work hard and then ask God to bless what I’ve done?  Or am I willing to look to him first, to seek his way of doing things in my daily life to be able to receive his blessing in his time.

And most days, I’m not quite sure how to do this. So I try to walk forward reaching for his “hand”, in a manner of speaking, to keep me trusting him to be there, to take my hand and lead me where He wants me to be.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

No bribery allowed

Well I'm finally getting organized with my schedule to be able to post here again.  

Deuteronomy 10:17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.”

As I was doing my Bible reading this morning, this verse came to my attention.  What drew my eye is the last part “…who does not take a bribe.”
Why is this significant? Well, other religions of that region used sympathetic magic to influence the gods to give them what they needed or wanted, right or wrong; so they were in a sense “bribing” the gods.

How much better is it that we serve a God who knows our needs well enough he doesn’t need to be coaxed or cajoled, but also cannot be bribed.

So poor or rich, weak or strong, young or old, women or men can receive mercy, justice, love, and peace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

"Ah...La Vida"

A long day ended,
and I am tired.

A sunny Joyful day,
yet I remember clouds and rain.

“Why sad?” politely asked.
A single tear rolled down my cheek,
I swallow, pause and compose myself.

And you supplied the answer for me,

“Ah, the life”

I know I do not need to explain,
to a heart familiar with suffering,
and pain.

But in that brief phrase,
is a sweet moment

That will carry both of us
away from despair.