The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.
Chemical warfare, sexual politics, health care reform, gun control, race relations, voting rights, moral decline, religious terrorism, drug abuse, abortion, anti-semitism… are just the symptoms. The litany could go on, and on, and on, and on, and… Well, you get the idea. These are the tip of the iceberg. The real problem lies just below the surface.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Everything is upside down. The rhetoric ahead of the 2016 presidential election is becoming nothing more than unintelligible droning. It seems like nothing can break through the insanity of the cyclical mess we have made of this world.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.
Governments have watched from the sidelines as Satan’s demonic forces snuff out the lives of innocent children in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Our nation stands immobilized on the sidelines for political and economic reasons. Reason? What does reason have to do with this? How long has it been since our nation did what was right just because it was the right thing to do?
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
It is Deja Vu all over again. It appears that we have returned to the 1930’s when the world knew the Nazi’s were systematically annihilating the Jewish people throughout Europe. We knew what was going on. Still, we did nothing until we were threatened felt by an evil eastern empire from the Pacific Rim.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold. Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Humanism is a wonderful thing. The world is becoming so much better for everyone, don’t you agree? NOT! Truth, real truth, stares everyone in the eye. It doesn’t blink. It doesn’t change. Ever! Occasionally some piece of perceived good news comes into view. Everyone shouts, “Look, there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Run to the light. Oops. It’s a train.
Moreover, by them Your servant is warned.In keeping them there is great reward.
On Sunday, September 13th at sunset, Jewish people around the world will turn the page. Rosh Hashanah, means “head of the year.” It marks the beginning of a new cycle on the Jewish calendar. God instructed the Jews to remember this day each year in Leviticus 23:23-25. He knew that the Jews would periodically need to be reminded that He alone has the ability to make all things new.
Good News, Bad News
We all need to start afresh from time to time. I want to invite you to listen to a message of hope and warning given by David Brickner at my home church (Wayside Chapel, San Antonio) this past weekend. David is the Executive Director of Jews for Jesus. I think there are some things in David’s message applicable to everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. Enjoy!
Even if you are not Jewish, do your family a Rosh Hashanah favor. Turn the page, celebrate the beginning of a new year. Get an apple and a jar of honey. Slice the apple and drizzle a little honey over each slice. Give a slice to everyone around your dinner table each evening between now and September 13th. Recount the ways that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only One who can make old things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Shana Tovah, Y’all!
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. – Psalm 19:7-11
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