Monday, December 18, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
The idea is that usually if you love someone, you kiss them on the lips. If you give an honest answer, that must mean you love that person.
But then I think, I don't kiss everyone on the lips. In fact, I only kiss one person on the lips: Tim. I'm married to him and can do that. Usually, you only save a lip kiss for someone you intend to marry or are married to or have a romantic relationship with. You are making yourself vulnerable to betrayal and heartbreak.
So, if you don't kiss everyone on the lips, do you give everyone an honest answer? You must be truthful with everyone yes. The Lord commands us to not bear false witness. But just like you don't run around naked in public, you also don't have to reveal everything lest it be used against you. Be wise with who you tell the truth to.
For example, it is true that I did not give this talk like planned. But what only a handful of people know is why it got cancelled. Even fewer know the finer details of that. And knowing the conundrum I'm having with this verse, it's just as well.
But in the long run, you must be truthful and loving to everyone you meet, even at risk to yourself and your emotions. You won't get close to people otherwise. Just how much you reveal takes much prayer and maybe advice from someone you trust. It's hard for me to be close to people for that very reason. I don't know the difference of being truthful and telling too much. But I'm not alone in that struggle. How do you go around with that balance?
Monday, December 4, 2017
1. First is chapter 8 verses 4-6:
Gilgal is where Israel decides it needs a king: just like everybody else. God was supposed to be their king, but he isn't cool, so they need a king.
How many of our sins start by trying to be like everybody else? Sure, you heard in church that sex is to be saved for marriage between a man and a woman but all your friends are doing it and you have these strong feelings for someone. Sure, you heard that you should only worship the God who revealed himself through Jesus and not bow down to stars, but horoscopes are so interesting and harmless. Sure, the teacher told you to not touch her things, but they looks so inviting and I'll look cool if I touch it.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Just the same, the idea of this one that I'm doing is to learn to read the Bible with as little extra help as possible. To not rely on commentaries or study notes or other people's words, but to read what it actually says within its context. She started with observation, and now she is moving to interpretation. To take verses and post questions that you have. The thing is, the questions will probably lead to me getting out a Bible dictionary or commentary. But here is the Hosea passage from 7:11-16 and questions I form for each verse.
I do know that when the kingdom of Israel split into a northern and southern kingdom during the reign of Solomon's son Rehoboam, the northern kingdom began to be called Ephraim. Ephraim was one of Joseph's sons that Jacob adopted as his own. He was younger than his brother Manasseh, but Jacob blessed him more than the other. They became tribes of Israel along with Joe's 11 other brothers. The southern kingdom was Judah, David and Jesus's tribe. Egypt was the country that held Israel captive for 400 years that God rescued them from through Moses. Assyria was the frightening country that later took the Northern kingdom captive. It was the country that Jonah ran away from. Israel wanted to leave God and go back to the sinful people that made their lives miserable.
Usually doves symbolize peace. God calls them silly and senseless. I guess doves are birds that are sweet but naive. Only Israel isn't that innocent. They reject the God who loves them and will later send his Son to die for them but they go for the Egyptians and Assyrians and their false gods who have nothing to give.
In verse 14, I ask, why would they turn away from God. Then I remember, why do I lose faith in God? Because he is taking too long to give me what I want. But why do I think I know more what is good for me than God? God is God and I am not. If God doesn't answer my prayer the way I want, that's his right. He's God. I don't deserve anything good from him. But he does give me good things. Why should I want more? In my natural sinful state, I can only love myself and my own ways and not God. My free will needs to be changed before I can truly love God and be content with the situation that he has given me and know that he will do the right thing in his time.
Monday, November 6, 2017
they will engage in prostitution but not flourish,
because they have deserted the Lord
to give themselves
old wine and new wine
take away their understanding.
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
they are unfaithful to their God.
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar and terebinth,
where the shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution
and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlots
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes—
a people without understanding will come to ruin!
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
Who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed his ways for him,
or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’?
24 Remember to extol his work,
which people have praised in song.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”