Tag Archives: Solomon

B90X2012 “Loud and clear”

Just because I can, does that mean I should?  In the good ol’ US&A, we have this thing called Free Speech.  Our founding fathers thought it best that ideas and opinions ought not be censored.

I think I understand the ideas and arguments to free speech,  when it is OK to yell “Fire” and when not to.

The prudence of when to speak and what to say when doing so requires wisdom. As we journey through the Bible in rapid form, today we hit a preponderance of scriptures in Proverbs dealing with words, speech, our tongue, cursing, lying, and  the like.  We are drilled with the differing types of uses of both the good and the bad.

The author of proverbs does bring a plethora of sayings about the words which fill our airwaves, however, the sayings are not about words which come out of vacuousness.  Solomon is reaching beyond the airwaves and into the viscera. Past our esophageal airway and into our heart.  Words are really nothing in and of themselves.  They have an origin.   That origin is the wellspring of life, our splangkna, our guts, our heart.  The Hebrews often equate the emotions of our guts with the kidney.

“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction” (Prov 16:23, NIV).

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction” (Prov 16:21, NIV).

Without being majorly redundant, the source and style of words a person uses is rooted in the heart. How perfunctory of us when we quote Jesus when he said, “But the things that come out of a person’s heart come from his heart” (Matt 15:18, NIV).  It seems so oft quoted, it kind of has become trite.

Bottom line, what are the intentions of my heart?  Rather than just read the words of the proverbial sayings mechanically, every time I read a verse pertaining to speech and words, I thought about intentions.  These sayings ought to inspire us to examine the intentions of our hearts.

We should take those occasions when we are inclined to speak harshly as opportunities to reflect on our motives for speaking and to ask whose interests we have at heart.  We may find that our motives are more complicated than we imagined, that we want what is right but all too often seek what benefits us at the expense of others.  A heart that weighs its answers will also remember that little with love is better than meat with hatred (Prov 15:17, 28).

Day 69. (Matt 5:1- 15:39)

Just a little reminder- Daylight savings time change this Saturday night.  Unfortunately, an hour loss of beauty sleep as we move our clocks ahead an hour
 
This Sunday- Refugestarts.  Yes.  We will be commissioning Pastor Caleb a.k.a. Pastor K-lub, Pastor Chone, or PK.  If you have families in your sphere of influence who have 6-8th graders, not fully planted in a local church community, give them a shout, invite them to church, meet them on Sunday morning, introduce them to PK, have a great time, and head to Castle Cafe afterwards for some awesome Chicken Fried Chicken and cracklin’ gravy.  We are so looking forward to this.  Folks have been praying.
 
Matthew- Just when we thought we were getting away from the Old Testament when we saw the New Testament starting…. wrong-O.  We started the book of Matthew with all sorts of names from the Old Testament, references to the Exile, and major references to men like David and Solomon.  And that is all just in the first half of the first chapter.

Continue reading

B90X- Song of Songs

Oh Happy Day~ 

 Why is this seemingly erotic little book included in the sacred canon?  What is its message?  Is it allegorical- really about God’s love for his people Israel (Jewish interpretation) or Christ’s love for the church (Christian interpretation)?  Not definitive, but the accreditation to Solomonic authorship is pretty strong, probably the first of his three books.  Song of Songs is patently a collection of ancient Hebrew love poems celebrating the experiences of a lover and his beloved as they taste the beauty, power, agony, and joys of human sexual love.  Is such a book appropriate to be included in Hebrew/Christian Scriptures?  Continue reading

Day 45 of B90X (Ps 135:1- Pr 6:35)

  Hey there Saints~ 
 
I had a fresh reminder of what some of your lives are like right now.  Christie and I had our two grandboys spend the night last night and spent some time with us today.  Boy, are we plum tuckered out.  In recently reading Arissa’s blog the other day, I quote, “It seems like all we do is parent, work, read the bible and sleep.”  We just did it one night, you all do it each and every day.  Picture me bowing to you giving you blessings for all of your hard work.  You are my heroes. 

 Yesterday was just so good.  It really started on Saturday night when some folks came together to pray for our service together the next day.  I think it made a difference.  Great time of challenge.  Great time of worship.  Great time of seeing folks mingle and fellowship.  Great time in the Word.  Great time of working together for a common purpose.   Continue reading

Day 26 B90X (1 Ki 16:21- 2 Ki 4:37)

Good morning~
 
I will have to admit, it takes a high degree of fortitude to keep up with this pace of reading.  And boy is it worth it!  Great stuff today.
 
Key dates to jolt your memory:
971 BC  The anointing of Solomon
931 BC  The division of the United Monarchy into North (Israel) and South (Judah)
722 BC  The fall of Samaria, the capital of Israel (invader: Assyria)
612 BC  The fall of Nineveh (the Assyrian capital)
605 BC  The battle of Carchemish
605, 597, 586 BC  The three attacks on Jerusalem and the fall (invader: Babylon)
 
I have attached several charts today from a book I own, John H. Walton, Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament (1994, Grand Rapids: Zondervan).  One is a map of the kingdom at its zenith, another at the split, one is all about family and ancestry of David, another the history of the United Monarchy, and a cool one, a list of the deities of the ANE we read about.
 

Elijah calling down fire upon the altar on Mt Carmel and the prophets of Ba'al.


Continue reading