While Memorising: Psalm 2; part 1

Psalm 2 King James Version (KJV)

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Read it. Read it again. Read it a third time to figure out where who the speaker is and where quotation marks should be.

This has been bothering me for a couple of months now, so I thought I had better start writing about it before we finished memorizing it.

Why I Don’t Miss Christmas

I don’t know how aware my readers are about what I believe. Either way, I should say that for the past ten years or so we haven’t celebrated Christmas.

Growing up I always knew that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. But none of us cared. Until Dad came across a website that was really well put together. It said that Jesus was just another sun god.

Yeah.

Dad reassured himself that the Bible is True, then mused to himself that our family wouldn’t be celebrating Christmas anymore. He mused out loud and Mom and A heard him and disagreed. Dad explained that one of the more common arguments for Jesus being a sun god was that his birthday was celebrated the same day as a number of sun gods.

So we didn’t celebrate Christmas that year.

Over the next year we more and more began to find out about the feasts in the Bible and celebrate them.

Which leads me to the reasons I don’t miss Christmas.

  1. It’s already over. After months of being excited and stressed over the day. It’s gone. just one day, two if you count Chrismas Eve, three if you  stretch it to Boxing Day. Biblical feasts, they can last up to eight days. That is more like a party.
  2. It’s so stressful. You have to make fancy foods. You can’t miss out on the parties. Gifts must be gotten for everyone. Concerts attended. Cards have to be sent out.
  3. It’s Not Biblical. As I mentioned in the long history I wrote, Christmas isn’t Biblical and I try to live my life as God Honoring as possible.

So there you have it. Part of me when I see the pretty lights and the gifts goes, “Oh, I want that, I miss that.” But a larger part of me is going, “No, I don’t.” Next year I think I’ll mostly quit social media come December, because I just feel to sad as I look at these things.

 

Diary Of A Librarian

Am I Afraid?

Oh, bother I’m writing on the job again.

Recently I read this amazing post about pride and I thought, “Why don’t I do a post about fear.” So here I am.

Fear

An unpleasant feeling. Sometimes it can be useful, but most often it is debilitating. The Bible has a lot to say about fear and being afraid.

The first to pop into mind is Psalm 56:3 as it is M’s favorite verse.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

It’s a pretty classic Psalm of David. It tells us that David was able to put his fear on YHWH

1 John 4:18 is another that comes swiftly to mind.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Don’t you want perfect love. We are not meant to be afraid.

Next up is a verse I don’t know why it comes to mind. I have memorized it, perhaps that is why. Deuteronomy 6:13

Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

Suddenly we are still talking about fear, but now it is different. We are to fear God.

How????

Does Deuteronomy 11:1 give us a hint.

You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always

I think it does, for it brings us back to the subject of love.

So am I afraid?

No.

Do I fear?

I hope so.

What about you?

Jeremiah’s Plans

The most famous verse in Jeremiah is assuredly 29:11. It is such a hopeful verse such an inspiring verse. The NIV gives it as

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

But here is my problem with this verse, it’s about Israel’s exiles. He’s talking about them as a whole, but I’m sure even back then people took it personally. So, no I don’t mind you taking it personally. Just remember Jeremiah was the one who recorded these words. and what was in his future?

Egypt!!!

I have nothing against Egypt. However Jeremiah 42:22 summarizes the whole chapter with the words.

“So now, be sure of this: You will die by the sword, famine and plague in the place where you want to go to settle.”

And what should happen in the very next chapter, but they take Jeremiah and go down to Egypt.  Worst. Kidnapping. Ever.

Maybe the King James Version says it better.

Jeremiah29-11-kjv

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

It may not be our role in life to be clearly blessed, but we are for God’s glory and what else matters. Perhaps we will get taken places against our will, as long as we stand firm we will be in his plans.

 

The Little Books (In The Book Of Books)

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Bible being a book of books. I wrote a little about how some of the books are smaller.

Today I’m going to talk about these smaller books.

I love reading them. It makes you sound so accomplished, “I read an entire book of the Bible today”. But in all honesty, except for Philemon and Jonah, I struggle to remember what is in these books. I feel really bad, that I forget what these books are about, but they sort of run together.

Off and on for the last fifteen months though I’ve been working on a slight solution for myself. Every day after reading the sections of the Bible that I’m in, if I have time I’ll read a little book.

Now if I were to change which book I read everyday, it wouldn’t really help. So I don’t. Perhaps I could change which book I read every week. A fortnight would give me more time to become familiar with it. But, what I’ve been doing is changing books every month.

It really helps. I pick up on themes. Words will jump out. Sentences will become clear.

Do you have this trouble? How do you deal with it?

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