An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
3 The pride of thy heart hath beguiled thee, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, thy habitation on high; that sayest in thy heart: ‘Who shall bring me down to the ground?’
4 Though thou make thy nest as high as the eagle, and though thou set it among the stars, I will bring thee down from thence, saith HaShem.
5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night–how art thou cut off! –would they not steal till they had enough? If grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
6 How is Esau searched out! How are his hidden places sought out!
7 All the men of thy confederacy have conducted thee to the border; the men that were at peace with thee have beguiled thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread lay a snare under thee, in whom there is no discernment.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves girdles.
8 And they heard the voice of HaShem G-d walking in the garden toward the cool of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of HaShem G-d amongst the trees of the garden.
9 And HaShem G-d called unto the man, and said unto him: ‘Where art thou?’
10 And he said: ‘I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’
11 And He said: ‘Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?’
12 And the man said: ‘The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.’
13 And HaShem G-d said unto the woman: ‘What is this thou hast done?’ And the woman said: ‘The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.’
14 And HaShem G-d said unto the serpent: ‘Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; they shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise their heel.’
16 Unto the woman He said: ‘I will greatly multiply thy pain and thy travail; in pain thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.’
17 And unto Adam He said: ‘Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying: Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in toil shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’
If more pastors stood up against the tyranny, we might not be in the mess we’re in now! Take the time to watch/listen to the whole video!!!!!
4 Show me Thy ways, O HaShem; teach me Thy paths.
5 Guide me in Thy truth, and teach me; for Thou art the G-d of my salvation; for Thee do I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O HaShem, Thy compassions and Thy mercies; for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Thy mercy remember Thou me, for Thy goodness’ sake, O HaShem.
8 Good and upright is HaShem; therefore doth He instruct sinners in the way.
27 The fear of HaShem prolongeth days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is gladness; but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of HaShem is a stronghold to the upright, but ruin to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be moved; but the wicked shall not inhabit the land.
31 The mouth of the righteous buddeth with wisdom; but the froward tongue shall be cut off.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable; but the mouth of the wicked is all frowardness.
20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto Me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Were thy harlotries a small matter,
21 that thou hast slain My children, and delivered them up, in setting them apart unto them?
22 And in all thine abominations and thy harlotries thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast wallowing in thy blood.
23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness–woe, woe unto thee! saith the L-rd GOD–
24 that thou hast built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee a lofty place in every street.
25 Thou hast built thy lofty place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty an abomination, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy harlotries.
1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy upon men:
2 a man to whom G-d giveth riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet G-d giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it; this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
3 If a man beget a hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul have not enough of good, and moreover he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he;
4 for it cometh in vanity, and departeth in darkness, and the name thereof is covered with darkness;
5 moreover it hath not seen the sun nor known it; this hath gratification rather than the other;
6 yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, and enjoy no good; do not all go to one place?
7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
8 For what advantage hath the wise more than the fool? or the poor man that hath understanding, in walking before the living?
9 Better is the seeing of the eyes than the wandering of the desire; this also is vanity and a striving after wind.
10 Whatsoever cometh into being, the name thereof was given long ago, and it is foreknown what man is; neither can he contend with Him that is mightier than he.
11 Seeing there are many words that increase vanity, what is man the better?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in his life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Isaiah 53:1-12 (Tanakh [Navi-Prophets])
1 ‘Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of HaShem been revealed?
2 For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him.
3 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely our diseases he did bear, and our pains he carried; whereas we did esteem him stricken, smitten of G-d, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded because of our transgressions, he was crushed because of our iniquities: the chastisement of our welfare was upon him, and with his stripes we were healed.
6 All we like sheep did go astray, we turned every one to his own way; and HaShem hath made to light on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, though he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away, and with his generation who did reason? for he was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due.
9 And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich his tomb; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.’
10 Yet it pleased HaShem to crush him by disease; to see if his soul would offer itself in restitution, that he might see his seed, prolong his days, and that the purpose of HaShem might prosper by his hand:
11 Of the travail of his soul he shall see to the full, even My servant, who by his knowledge did justify the Righteous One to the many, and their iniquities he did bear.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion among the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the mighty; because he bared his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 (Tanakh [Navi-Prophets])
31 Behold, the days come, saith HaShem, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, saith HaShem.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith HaShem, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their G-d, and they shall be My people;
34 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know HaShem’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith HaShem; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
Matthew 28:5-7 (NKJV)
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt bethink thyself among all the nations, whither HaShem thy G-d hath driven thee,
2 and shalt return unto HaShem thy G-d, and hearken to His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul;
3 that then HaShem thy G-d will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither HaShem thy G-d hath scattered thee.
4 If any of thine that are dispersed be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will HaShem thy G-d gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee.
5 And HaShem thy G-d will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
6 And HaShem thy G-d will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love HaShem thy G-d with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
7 And HaShem thy G-d will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, that persecuted thee.
8 And thou shalt return and hearken to the voice of HaShem, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day.
6 For thus saith HaShem of hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 and I will shake all nations, and the choicest things of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with glory, saith HaShem of hosts.
8 Mine is the silver, and Mine the gold, saith HaShem of hosts.
9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, saith HaShem of hosts; and in this place will I give peace, saith HaShem of hosts.‘
15 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying: Whosoever curseth his G-d shall bear his sin.
16 And he that blasphemeth the name of HaShem, he shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall certainly stone him; as well the stranger, as the home-born, when he blasphemeth the Name, shall be put to death.
17 And he that smiteth any man mortally shall surely be put to death.
18 And he that smiteth a beast mortally shall make it good: life for life.
19 And if a man maim his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him:
20 breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he hath maimed a man, so shall it be rendered unto him.
21 And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; and he that killeth a man shall be put to death.
22 Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for the home-born; for I am HaShem your G-d.’
A comment from Gary K. on my Spud update just HAD to be shared!!
Grand Conversation between twins in the womb:
Baby 1: And you, you believe in life after birth?
Baby 2: Absolutely. It’s obvious that life after birth exist. We are here to become stronger and to get ready for Whatever awaits us next.
Baby 1: This is absurd. There is nothing after birth! What would life look like outside the womb?
Baby 2: Well, there are many stories about the other side. I’ve heard there is a blaze of light there, an intense and profound feeling of joy with deep emotions, thousands of things to live for… For example, I’ve heard that we’ll eat with our mouth, there.
Baby 1: That’s silly. We have an umbilical cord and that is how we eat. Everyone knows that we don’t use our mouth to eat! And, on the top of it, no one has ever come back from the other world… Those stories are all coming from naïve people. Life just ends at birth. Period. That’s the way it is and we must accept it.
Baby 2: Alright, then allow me to think differently. That’s for sure, I have no idea what life after birth looks like, and I can’t prove anything to you. But I like to believe, that in the next world, we’ll be able to see our mother and that she will take care of us.
Baby 1: “Mother”? You mean that you believe in ‘Mother’? Oh! So where is she?
Baby 2: Everywhere, don’t you see it! She is everywhere, all around us. We are part of her and it’s thanks to her that we are living right now. Without her, we wouldn’t be here.
Baby 1: This is ridiculous! I’ve never seen any mother so it’s obvious that she doesn’t exist.
Baby 2: I don’t agree, that’s your way of seeing things. Because sometimes when everything quiets down a little bit, we can hear her sing. We can feel her hugging our world. I’m pretty sure that our life will start after birth.
Steven left a comment this evening in reference to a blog post title I used this morning from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. The post was Heritage’s The Foundry Morning Bell about welfare reform. I’m going to post his entire comment because I think it will explain a lot about how the left has distorted the Bible for their own agenda, and when throwing Christian beliefs back at the right, they always get it wrong, and totally out of context.
I often have folks who are “big hearted” (with my money) try to use my Christian faith against me. It usually follows the line of charity, forgiveness, not judging, and compassion.
When I quote that part of the Bible, and tell them the context, they are stopped in their tracks and are not sure what to say – they have never heard this part before.
1) Many came to the Christians and saw, wow, they share their food and are giving …. I can mooch off of them. Also, there are always those who feel “they are better at managing than doing” (i.e. I’ll direct and not WORK). Paul admonishes that those that mooch should get exactly the fruit of their labor: NOTHING.
2) Charity: Is to be done in private, without fanfare or expectation of reward. In fact the line “let not the left hand know what the right is doing” is referring to this. It says, hey, you gave and everyone thought you were swell, so you’ve already received your reward. But if you do it for the right reason, in secret, then great is your reward in Heaven. TAXES ARE NOT CHARITY.
3) Forgiveness: I love how you are told to forgive. It’s a true test of FAITH. We all hate it – we want our slice of revenge. Trusting that God will handle is HARD. That being said – there is nothing wrong with seeking justice. I hear those not familiar with faith get very confused on this. The forgiveness is for your inner peace and to prevent the endless cycle of blood feuds and revenge – but it is not a blanket to allow evil to flourish nor go unpunished. I know this because we are also admonished to seek justice and protect those that are often overlooked (in the Bible: “Widows and orphans” ?those that are least powerful).
4) Judging: It is not that we are not allowed to judge, it is that we should not judge unfairly, hypocritically, nor use our position to be able to judge (say we are the person’s boss and can do them harm etc). But proof that we are allowed to judge is the fact that one of the Spiritual Gifts is the Spirit of Discernment. To be able to discern or judge what is true and what is false is considered a great gift – one from God. So, clearly we ARE allowed to “judge”.
We are admonished to not be hypocrites and liars, not to bear false witness, and to not pervert the course of justice (be it personal, legal, nor social) – but we certainly can look at something and say “Gee whiz, that’s not right – maybe I should speak up”. Further we are told to do so – especially if those that are being hurt are the weak and defenseless.
Often we in the Christian community are not Biblically knowledgeable enough nor spiritually wise enough to know what arguments to use, when to use them, and especially how to deliver them in such a way as to not be appearing to sneer down our noses.
Wanting others to have to work for their wants and needs is not heartless, but is instead a great gift : the gift of self-sufficiency and freedom. While, yes, we can give, it is not unconditional. Even Jesus’ love was not unconditional. He came to save sinners, not facilitate sinning. He came to life others up, but did not tell them “now go and sin more”.
No – and it annoys me to no end that the left has so controlled the language of this debate and successfully played to people’s most base natures of getting something for “free”, but instead plays to their self-justifying sense of entitlement.
Be very very clear here: I have, at one point in my life been HOMELESS. Not, “making it from paycheck to paycheck” but HOMELESS. I lived in a shelter. Each day you had to leave and come back and it was first come first serve to get back in. Almost everyone there (my guess: 80%+) were there because they CHOSE to be there. Their choices in life were why they were there. Drugs, alcohol (or both), and being I and out of prison made their lives chaotic and made them unemployable. A FEW who were there were there because they had mental issues (those folk I sincerely felt for) and a few were like me.
My first jobs were the kind you got where you got paid at the end of the day. They were not jobs where you go in a on a set schedule or where you were a regular employee. I can tell you: I was ALL SORTS of motivated to save my meager paychecks and get the heck out of there. It took self-discipline and hard work – but I did it.
Our gov’t has created the slavery of inter-generational welfare dependence for one reason: to stay in power. Compassion is not creating slaves to gov’t – not even benevolent velvet lined slavery is a good thing.
1 Hallelujah. Praise G-d in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power.
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise Him according to His abundant greatness.
3 Praise Him with the blast of the horn; praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and the pipe.
5 Praise Him with the loud-sounding cymbals; praise Him with the clanging cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise HaShem. Hallelujah.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly; they have forsaken HaShem, they have contemned the Holy One of Israel, they are turned away backward.
5 On what part will ye yet be stricken, seeing ye stray away more and more? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint;
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and festering sores: they have not been pressed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil.
7 Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by floods.