Friday, August 1, 2014

Such a good source of context, the Bible. It shows just how long this has been going on. By the way King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) is thought by scholars to be Persian, now known as Iranian.

Esther 3:8-11
Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people’s, and they do not keep the king’s laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.
If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.”
So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
And the king said to Haman, “The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you.”


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The rest of the story! The Psalmist predicts Christ here and says His covenant shall stand firm. The conflict in the Middle East is not just about the survival of Israel. It is also about securing the place where Christ changed the world.

Psalm 89:24-29
“But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
Also I will set his hand over the sea,
And his right hand over the rivers.
He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
Also I will make him My firstborn,
The highest of the kings of the earth.
My mercy I will keep for him forever,
And My covenant shall stand firm with him.
His seed also I will make to endure forever,
And his throne as the days of heaven.


Monday, July 28, 2014

If you are frustrated trying to understand the Israeli-Hamas conflict, go to the source. There's a reason the Israeli flag is the Star of David. Is it clear now?

Psalm 89:19-23
Then You spoke in a vision to Your holy one,
And said: “I have given help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found My servant David;
With My holy oil I have anointed him, 
With whom My hand shall be established;
Also My arm shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not outwit him,
Nor the son of wickedness afflict him.
I will beat down his foes before his face,
And plague those who hate him.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Let us find the strongest, most faithful force in the universe. When we are raging and out of control, He will still us.

Psalm 89:8-9


O Lord God of hosts,
Who is mighty like You, O Lord?
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.



Friday, July 25, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Are you too ashamed to lift your face to God? There is hope. Ever faithful, God sent his son to give us a way. Thank you God for your sacrifice.

Ezra 9:5-6

At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God.
And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here is the key to a successful spiritual life: prepare your heart to seek the Lord, then do it. Just do it!

Ezra 7:9-10
On the first day of the first month he began his journey from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him.
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.