Idols and justice are common themes in the Bible. It is in our society as well, but idolatry comes more in the form of pride and greed. Who or what do we put first in our lives? And, how do we treat others? These are two questions that God was addressing through Amos.Continue reading “Amos: Greed and Justice”
There is so much bitterness going on in the world today. We have a history of racism in this country as well as many others. It has been going on throughout the world probably since there were races. Our country is struggling with this. It has gotten tremendously better since several decades ago, but we still have work to do. And racism is not the only problem. Right now we see hatred on both sides toward and from most races. We see people judging entire people groups because of what a few have done. We see disrespect toward those who serve and try to make this country a better place. We see people looking down on others because of their situation and others taking advantage of it and the system. We see bitterness toward those who believe differently, whether it would be politically, religiously or what their opinions are about certain issues. What are we to do? What did Jesus have to say about this and what was His example? It’s pretty simple, really. Be kind, love others and treat each other right. One parable comes to mind that tells us how we are to treat others. Continue reading “Racisim”
Jesus’ words on the cross were profound. I believe each of the seven phrases he spoke while on the cross had a specific purpose. This whole event had purpose. To take our sins away and declare us righteous before God. For God’s glory. For our salvation. To do this, Jesus took our sins to the cross and paid for them, being forsaken (see previous post) and betrayed and mocked. He endured all of this for us so that we may be forgiven. Continue reading “Forgive Them”
The second chapter of Ruth reveals the character of Ruth and of Boaz. Ruth meets Boaz as she is gleaning wheat in his field during the harvest. The culture in Israel allows the poor to go to fields and “glean,” or basically pick up the scraps in a field during the harvest. A landowner is to leave the corners of the field so that the poor can come and collect grain for their family. Also, anything that the harvesters drop is free for the poor to collect. What a great welfare system! Continue reading “Ruth 2: Showing Character”
God is gracious and loves His children. Jesus came to save the world and fulfill the law. He gave us a new covenant, that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ. The Lord has come to save us, Jew and Gentile alike. The law was brought to us to show us that we could never be righteous enough to obtain salvation on our own. We should not ignore God’s commandments, though. God’s commands are good and His ways are best for our lives. As one who is born again, a person follows the commandments of God and live by the Spirit because we love Him. We obey God not to gain salvation, but because of it.
Jesus taught us that it is not about the act of obedience, but the heart and desire to obey our Lord. The teachers of the law asked Jesus about God’s commandments. They were always focusing on the doing, but Jesus taught people to take it a step further and to do things out of love. Continue reading “Love and the Commandments”