Picking up again on the theme of our last post I discover in my meditations of the Bible’s songbook that one of the most mystical of Psalms also speaks of The King’s Throne –
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
Psalm 45: 6 & 7 (NLT) Continue Reading
The choice of Bible translations today can, at times, be bewildering. For the most part though I personally enjoy being able to compare translations and find the variety very helpful, at least in the area of research and study. Continue Reading
In the foothills of the Jordan Valley lies the Palestinian refugee camp of Far’a – named after the nearby spring which supplies water to its inhabitants.
The Bible is filled with the testimony of suffering fathers. Think of the certain suffering of our first father – Adam – when his son Cain murdered his son Abel. Consider the suffering of Noah as he foresaw the destruction of his community and the then known world. Mediate on the suffering of Abraham as he longed and prayed for a child – only to have God demand that he give the child up to a premature, sacrificial death. Continue Reading
I wonder if you have ever had the experience of finding a book so emotionally painful that you have been unable to continue reading it – I know I have. Many years ago I recall being unable to continue reading the book – “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” [a book about the extermination of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century] and more recently setting aside a book on the Holocaust. It is hard, sometimes impossible, to contemplate such suffering and inhumanity.