Interrogation

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How have You loved us?
I chose you, not Esau.

How have we defiled You?
You offer worthless sacrifices on My altar.

How have we wearied You?
You accuse Me of winking at evil, doing nothing.

How can we return to You?
Stop robbing Me.

How do we rob You?
By not trusting Me with what is already Mine.

What have we said against You?
You say loving Me is useless.

Now, gird yourselves like men.
I will ask you, and you give Me answers.

1-11-2016

 

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Numbers tells us, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (32:23). It’s much better to walk in the light than to vainly hide in darkness (John 3:20-21). Fight sin and help out faithful saints who love the Lord at the same time.

The Psalmist and the Black Knight (Duodora)

” ‘Tis but a scratch!”
I name a severed limb
Like the infamous
Knight who opposed King
Arthur at the bridge.
Unlike the poet-king David who reeled,
Crushed beneath the weight of his once-dear sin.

” ‘Tis but a scratch!”
I would never say of
The wounds of my Lord,
And yet affirm that
Very thing in my
Utter absence of tears and lack of grief.
Spirit-Steel alone breaks the stone within.

1-27-2015

Fig Leaf Couture

Whoever lives with integrity fears Yahweh,
but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him. Proverbs 14:2 HCSB

One of the ways we play with my daughter is to “hide! hide! hide!” with her under a blanket, while the other one of us “sneaks up” on who is “hiding.” The absurdity of hiding under a blanket is the precise grounds of its cuteness (especially since the blanket can’t suppress the giggles underneath).

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Lady and the Tramp

The book of Proverbs has an extended introduction that lays the foundation for the actual proverbs that begin in chapter 10. In this introduction, Solomon pleads with his sons (and his readers) to grasp the necessity and immeasurable value of wisdom. To do this, he often personifies wisdom and folly (or foolishness) as women appealing for a hearing. Wisdom is a distinguished, elegant, beautiful woman who is as hard-working as she is graceful. Folly is, to put it bluntly, a skanky bimbo. Continue reading “Lady and the Tramp”

The Illusion of Nirvana

Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil. Proverbs 13:19 HCSB

What the wicked dreads will come to him, but what the righteous desires will be given to him. Proverbs 10:24 HCSB

The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath. Proverbs 11:23 HCSB

Take delight in Yahweh, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 HCSB

One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is the renunciation of all desire. Desire is the root of evil in the world, and therefore, eliminating desire eliminates evil. Nirvana, then, is the completion of this process of renunciation. Ravi Zacharias, in his excellent book The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, has the Buddha describe this “enlightenment” this way: Continue reading “The Illusion of Nirvana”

The Dog Ate Them an Hour Ago

Don’t envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways;
for the devious are detestable to Yahweh,
but He is a friend to the upright. Proverbs 3:31-32 HCSB

Don’t let your heart envy sinners;
instead, always fear Yahweh. Proverbs 23:17 HCSB

Don’t envy evil men
or desire to be with them,
for their hearts plan violence,
and their words stir up trouble. Proverbs 24:1 HCSB

Don’t worry because of evildoers,
and don’t envy the wicked.
For the evil have no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out. Proverbs 24:19-20 HCSB

As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his foolishness. Proverbs 26:11 HCSB

For Solomon and the Sages, there is a universe of topics to cover in conveying what a life of wisdom looks like. The proverb format lends itself well to covering a broad spectrum of subjects; proverbs are pithy, memorable statements that engage the imagination and teach much in few words (unlike my definition).

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Music Monday: Release Me From This Snare by Beautiful Eulogy

It’s not often that Music Monday will come with free albums, but the extremely generous gents from Beautiful Eulogy have made the entire album Instruments of Mercy for download at Noisetrade. (Their debut album, Satellite Kite, is also available at Noisetrade.)

Both the song and the video (above) masterfully present the plea of the repentant believer. Verse 1 begins with Psalm 32:5 ESV, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity.” The verse then discusses the reality that God already sees and knows all things; hiding from Him is as foolish as it is impossible.

The twin extremes of repentance are flippancy and wallowing. Beautiful Eulogy expertly navigate between these dangers by taking sin seriously, but by finding hope in Jesus’ cleansing and forgiveness.

Give me the faith to believe what You say
And to trust in Your word when I’m tempted to stray
And to patiently wait for the day You return
I hate my sin; it burns

And,

Oh God, my sin is great–there’s no escaping it
I hate my sin but I still partake in it

I begin to better understand confession
When I understand the weight of my sin and its effect
How it’s a direct revelation of my selfishness
And recognize God’s correct assessment
I don’t have to hide behind my own pride
Tear myself up from the guilt inside
Because I’ve been given everything I’ve ever needed
To stand clean and forgiven when I received Jesus

Please, please take advantage of an album that is food and medicine for your soul. These men passionately love Jesus and are world-class wordsmiths.

Running Wild

Without revelation the people run wild,
but one who keeps the law will be happy.

Proverbs 29:18 HCSB

This is a somewhat well-known but sadly misunderstood verse. The Authorized Version (also known as the King James Version) reads more familiarly, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The misunderstanding comes from imposing modern ideas of “vision” onto the verse, without understanding the intent. Continue reading “Running Wild”