Wednesday, September 23 2020
Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. 9Even the king milks the land for his own profit! (Ecclesiastes 5:8) (King Solomon)
When we experience this pandemic, I am sure many folk are wondering what on earth is happening in the spiritual realm? For someone who is familiar with the Bible and its history, and knows Jesus Christ as Saviour of their soul, we have no excuses at all.
I thought it might be beneficial for all of us hit by this invisible killer to be able to figure out other aspects than our immediate health and welfare on earth, and to understand its spiritual significance. And we may be able to assist God in His work to fulfil His wishes regarding his human family here on earth.
I have been watching Daniel Andrews every day during the past weeks and months, trying to work things out for the benefit of Melbournians Victoria Australia. He is doing a great job by the way. I watch the figures going down and I feel happier and although I don't live in that region I still feel empathy and affected by what its citizens are going through.
Being stuck inside by preference (my own) I try to keep occupied and have been catching up on movies I missed during the past 20 years or so. I watched a movie called "In the Name of the Father" a couple of nights ago, and I had to watch to the end. I may have seen some of that movie a few years ago, but I could not remember exactly what it was about.
It was about injustice and its implications for an innocent family (Irish) living in Belfast during the bombings, which was a horrible time for everyone, no matter their religion or beliefs. I was so taken aback by the movie that I actually cried and prayed about injustices that harm whole communities deeply. Then I began to wonder if anyone would like to know more about what God hates? This is a short note on injustice. I read about it in many passages of the Bible and I certainly know it is one of God's top hates.
This is just a short study that I have noticed when I read the Bible, which I hope everyone is reading diligently by now, especially Christians! Now is the time for answers and the answers are definitely in here, the Bible. In Micah 3, here are a few words the Lord sends to the Kingdom of Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah, concerning Samaria (Kingdom of Israel) and Jerusalem (Judah).
"...Listen to me, you leaders of Israel. You hate justice and twist all that is right. You are buiding Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption. You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach God's Laws only for a price...Yet you all claim to depend on the Lord. "No harm can come to us," you say..." (3:9-10) And so it goes on, laying bare the sins and injustices being carried out in the name of the Lord.
The result of these injustices (which went on for hundreds of years) was this: v 12: Because of you Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field. Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins! (which happened)
The Lord asks his people: Who will hear these lessons from the past? (Isaiah 42:23)
Can we say that we have learned from reading historic lessons? If we do not, we are destined to repeat every one of them.
Every day the news brings us incidents of injustices happening all over the globe, including cyber theft and every other injustice we can wish against.
This virus is boneless evil that loves company and loves injustice and harming anyone who comes near to it.
We must fight this virus with everything we know already, its sneakiness, its danger, its love of harming and its horrible affects that remain within our bodies.
We can also fight against injustices and allow God to show us our own injustices that harm others. In some intangible ways, this virus is connected to our condoning of injustices and our neglect of helping others who have been harmed by injustice, either by governments or individuals.
One of the characteristics that drew me to God and a reason I accepted Jesus as my Saviour was the notion that I could become more just and have more good attributes in my own conscience. That is still my ongoing goal.
If you want to study more about the injustices that God hates, go to a concordance or online and google injustice. (Wrong, violence, injury) KJV only has one entry with this name! But there are other translations with clear explanations.
For me, I hate injustice a lot and will continue to try and seek justice for all wrongs that I am aware of and also pray I will never be unjust to anyone. (Deliver us from evil)
https://www.openbible.info/topics/injustice (this looks like a good study for us all)
Monday, September 14 2020
How is it possible to shout for joy in a pandemic world? For those of us who check the statistics of the Coronavirus out daily, and who mourne for the loss of loved ones, it is an impossible thing to do, or is it?
We are all missing the joy of living in a relaxed and joyful way, planning our next function and with whom to dine!
Our lives are now changed for ever. Everyone in this generation, living in these pandemic times from the Arctic to the Antarctic are affected by this virus, a horrible little splot without significance except its deadliness. I read that it is white, yellowish with a touch of red on its receptors under microscope. It is invisible to the naked eye.
Take another look at Psalm 32 to see that this virus has a second cousin that prevails around the globe today and has always done so. That second cousin is SIN
Sin is simply doing wrong in as many ways as there are grains of sand, you could say. Sins are small, unseen, but their affects are obvious! Maybe not to every eye as each one of us has a secret place where our sins hide.
King David says about this topic: Verse 5: Finally, I confessed all my sins to you (the Lord) and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, "I shall confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me!
That is the victory point: God the Lord forgave David his sins. He is now ecstatic with relief and wants to share this moment in time. He writes his song down and sings it (my notion here). But, he was a musician and I am sure he would be singing like a lark.
Our own victory begins deep within our hearts, where only the Lord can see clearly. Like the virus, our sins are hidden but the consequences are devastating to our lives, our health and our loved ones.
Forgiveness from the Lord is like a vaccine for the Covid 19 (still waiting for that moment)
For now, confess your sins to the Lord and feel the forgiveness rushing over you and shout for joy.
Wednesday, September 02 2020
Some very worrying reports are being broadcast from the media. People are struggling with lockdown in many and varied ways. Some are mentally not coping with being separated from their everyday life whilst others are struggling without fresh air and worrying themselves sick in the process. However, folk are not going to a doctor if they need to. They are keeping the little strength and funds they have. Clinging on to their last resources in any way possible. Fear is the culprit as we are given instruction after instruction, followed by rule upon rules.
I am probably coping better than many people as I have been working alone as a writer for many years. Also, I make little or no money from publishing and writing. Sometimes I make a few dollars, but not nearly enough to pay for even this website, so I am not worried about money in that sense. Regarding health, I do have some worries but nothing too horrible to go mad over. I love my family and am sad and a little worried about not seeing them much, distancing when we meet, or going to my overseas family after such a long time. Of course I miss them every moment, especially my children. Also, there is no hope on the horizon. I think that is the worst part of this lockdown. We do not know for how long or how severe it can get even in the months ahead.
The medics and government officials are definitely trying their utmost to give us information to keep us feeling cared for. But, all in all, is the fact that we are struggling in many ways and some are struggling a great deal, to the point of having no hope at all.
I am going to try and bring facts from God to you all, and to myself, to show us how to cope with a lockdown without hope.
1. I thought about Jeremiah, the prophet. He was God's voice for Israel for 70 years and what he had to do for his entire life was horrific if we think about it for a minute.
He had to bring bad tidings over and over to his own people. He was barely 16 when he received the first breaking bad news, and he had to fight every time he had a message. He suffered despair and anger, along with disappointment and many tears of pain and affliction. He also wrote the Book of Lamentations, which is completely sad and sorrowful. One thing he had to suffer was a massive lockdown. He was flogged for telling the message. He was locked in an old sistern (well) and left to die. This is what happened: Jeremiah 26:8
"Kill him" all the people at the temple cried. They mobbed him. Quickly, the officials brought a court together at the Temple Gate and heard his case. Some people spoke up for Jeremiah, who claimed that the Lord had predicted that ...a thicket should grow where the temple now stands..." Ahiham stood up for Jeremiah, but was dumbed down. He persuaded the officials not to turn him over to the mob, who were ready to kill him. Jeremiah told everybody to submit to the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar.
After this Jeremiah was put in a cell and could not even visit the temple. Jeremiah is 55 years old and is still being attacked at 61. At this point he is put into the cistern instead of a cell and left to rot. There was a thick layer of mud at the bottom and Jeremiah sank into the mud. Almost all the bread in the city was gone, so Jeremiah could even die of hunger before he suffocates. (Jeremiah 38: 6). Now a king comes into the scene, from Ethopia, not Jerusalem. He is King Ebed-melech. This King of Ethopia rushed to the King of Jerusalem Zedekiah, and told him to rescue Jeremiah. Zedekiah (shamefaced?) called for 30 men to go and rescue Jeremiah with old rags made into ropes that they got him to put under his armpits and they pulled him up. Jeremiah was then returned to the prison yard again. Jeremiah continued to bring the message from the Lord. Because of his reputation, the captain of the Babylonians, Nebuzzaradan, looked for Jeremiah and was told to give him "anything he wants" (39:12). Jeremiah continued to bring the word of the Lord through this whole saga. He eventually went to Egypt with some of his people who still refused to worship the Lord God of Israel only, but burned incense to all sorts of idol gods (wood and metal). The Lord gave a message to the whole world through Jeremiah, who kept doing as the Lord told him to do. Nebuchadnezzar went to Egypt and no doubt met Jeremiah down there, but we do not know for sure. (Jeremiah 43)
Jeremiah lived until 560 BC and died at the age of 88. (Ezekiel Timeline) One of the verses written by Jeremiah is:
"But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble. They cannot defeat me" (Jm 21:11)
Let us all take a leaf from Jeremiah's book and stand firm in the Lord because the Lord stands beside those who believe in Him.
"If you search for the Lord with all your heart, He will be found by you." "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy burdned and I will give you rest" (Jesus)
"This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day (Jesus' crucifixion) I will put my laws in their heats and I will write them on their minds." (Heb 10:16)
Please do not be offended by the portrait of an unknown Aboriginal man in my Blog.
No bad intentions are meant in any way if this man reminds you of someone you know. I show no disrespect to coloured people and ask that you forgive any indiscretion you think you may find here. I respect the original folk who lived in this land before others arrived. God bless you all.
Remember, I have an Irish heritage and being a portrait painter has been part of my life since age 3 or 4 when I drew girls in fine dresses. It is simply my artistic expression. I love bringing an image to life in my art and in books, so it gives me immense enjoyment. When I created this picture I loved every moment and learned a lot about skin colour, people's expressions and the difficult in bringing an image to life. I fell in love with this painting and will always treasure it.