If anyone in history had it made, it was Solomon. Then this happened:
“The LORD was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.”
Unbeknownst to the king, there had been some things in the works “under the radar”, so to speak, for many years. (One doesn’t generally get to the top of social food chain by making lots of friends; Solomon was, after all, a son of King David, a true man of war.) All of these situations could have been avoided: two had been providentially held in check, (1 Kings 11:14-25), and the other was actually instigated by God Himself (1 Kings 11: 26-39). All three were about to be unleashed because Continue reading “An ounce of prevention…”
“Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.”
Many of us know the backstory, even if it’s just from Charlton Heston’s iconic portrayal, or even Disney’s animated version. The people of Israel had been rescued from a catastrophic famine by the Hebrew patriarch Joseph who had become the Number Two chariot in Egypt. God had sovereignly brought the “nation” of Israel (only about seventy people at that time) all the way from the Promised Land to be provided for during the remaining five years of crop failure.
The only problem was that the remaining five years was over….400 years ago.
Fast forward to the current story. The Continue reading “The welcome mat was threadbare”
Prior to the 1700’s, the concept of the supernatural was taken for granted. You worshiped something, somewhere, society even becoming largely defined as a “B.Y.O.G.” (Bring Your Own God). The thought that we are not alone in this universe was simply self-evident.
Then came the so-called Enlightenment, and that mode of thinking crept in as a polar opposite ideology throughout all strata of society disguised as rational, scientific, and evolved. The supernatural was quite passé, and the human intellect took center stage. There was clearly no room for any deity among the test tubes and Bunsen burners.
So I continue to think it most Continue reading “B.Y.O.G…. (Bring Your own God)”