Friday, August 7, 2009

Straight!


He kept straight on the path blazed by his ancestor David, not one step to either left or right.


Straight!


As in, "Strait as an arrow". Today, it's known as "straight" instead of "gay." Also connotes "true" and in "right on" or "not devious".


There is a little boy in II Kings 22 called Josiah. He became king when he was 8 years old.


The good book says he lived the way God wanted, all his days.


He decides to rebuild the temple. So he organizes the workers and the money. Here is an interesting tid bit. He said, "Also, authorize them to buy the lumber and dressed stone for The Temple repairs. You don't need to get a receipt for the money you give them—they're all honest men."


Straight. What a wonderful experience when the leader, the people, the workers, are all true to God, and honest, and trustworthy.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tough Talk!

We call it "trash talkin'" nowadays.
The tough talk whether on the playground, in the "hood" or on the professional ball field.
In the play ground it goes like this,
"Yeah? Well my brother's bigger than you and he will beat you up?"
"Oh yeah? Well - MY brother's bigger than YOUR brother, and he will beat up YOUR brother!"

The prophet Nahum wasn't doin' trash talkin'
It's the real deal...

Nahum 1
God Is Serious Business
1 A report on the problem of Nineveh, the way God gave Nahum of Elkosh to see it:
2 -6God is serious business.
He won't be trifled with. He avenges his foes.
He stands up against his enemies, fierce and raging.
But God doesn't lose his temper.
He's powerful, but it's a patient power.
Still, no one gets by with anything.
Sooner or later, everyone pays.
Tornadoes and hurricanes
are the wake of his passage,
Storm clouds are the dust
he shakes off his feet.
He yells at the sea:
It dries up.
All the rivers run dry.
The Bashan and Carmel mountains shrivel,
the Lebanon orchards shrivel.
Mountains quake in their roots,
hills dissolve into mud flats.
Earth shakes in fear of God.
The whole world's in a panic.
Who can face such towering anger?
Who can stand up to this fierce rage?
His anger spills out like a river of lava,
his fury shatters boulders.
7 -10God is good,
a hiding place in tough times.
He recognizes and welcomes
anyone looking for help,
No matter how desperate the trouble.
But cozy islands of escape
He wipes right off the map.
No one gets away from God.
Why waste time conniving against God?
He's putting an end to all such scheming.
For troublemakers, no second chances.
Like a pile of dry brush,
Soaked in oil,
they'll go up in flames."

Strong stuff!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Amon's Song

Amon's Song

Ballad to the short wicked life of Amon the king.

Amon king of Judah when he was just twenty two
The son of ole Manasseh who was evil through and through
The old man was a bad man, putting idols in the temple
And he killed innocent people - on no what a bad example.

The boy did not improve, doing the same old evil things
Bowing down to wood and stone, falling down upon his shins
So God said "bye bye Amon", your days as king are done
There aren't a hundred gods in Judah, in fact there's only One.

His servants were revolting, they killed him in his crib
(no not the one for babies) - his palace where he lived!
So just two years had come and gone, since Amon became king
And just like that his time was done, his wicked life of sin.

Is the story done, is it all over, is there no more to tell?
Well the people got together and before they said farewell,
They killed the king's assassins, put them in an early grave
Installed his son Josiah, a good king, kind and brave.

Amon's reign was short, his life was short, this story is short too,
The lesson is so simple, remember God in all you do,
And pick your servants carefully, you want them wise and true,
And if you get the wrong ones - they could be the end of you!
- Phil Leng
The inspiration for this little poem is found in 2 Kings 21