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Israel

There seems to be a continual focus on Israel today as it has been in the past. Here is a nation that has been through so much including the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the earlier exile to Assyria and Babylon. The reforming of it as a nation in 1948 and giving back to it its former homeland sparked (and still does today) both sides to respond: one with joy, applause, encouragement and one with anger, disappointment, and threats of destruction.
Why is Israel so maligned? It may be because they are the people of God and represent a connection to the God who did so much for them and raised them to the highest of heights with David and Solomon as kings. Obviously the Old and New Testament speak much about this people. There may be a focus by some on Israel as a way at getting back at God, kind of a hurting someone you love to hurt you thing.
In Psalm 80:8-18 the psalmist speaks of Israel as "a vine out of Egypt" that He "planted." He also illustrates the …

Haste Makes Waste

This is an old saying that challenges the hurriedness of life. When have you made a hasty decision or rushed to get something done and then regretted the end result? Was it a time when your emotion overruled you understanding? Solomon said, "It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way." (Proverbs 19:2)
Hurrying to make a decision or rushing to complete a task often results in errors and the need to correct the end result. Ultimately it ends up requiring more time and effort to do the job or undo the decision than it would have had you just taken a bit more time and thought it through or got more knowledge on what you wanted to do.
"Zeal without knowledge" is allowing the emotion of the moment to overtake the life and dominate the will. Our understanding must always be in charge of decision making and any time you feel like what you are doing is hasty or too quick, then it is good to slow your pace and gather more knowledge to ma…

Worship

Worship is easy to understand when you define it as "attributing worth to something or someone." It doesn't matter with this definition if it is to God or to any other thing on the planet. I have seen worship to false gods as I traveled through the streets of India. There were little houses set up on stands in the middle of intersections where Hindu worshippers would place incense or something of value to them.
King Hezekiah was one of the later kings in Judah. His heart was fully devoted to God and that was obvious for "in the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord..." (2 Chronicles 29:3) Can you imagine that for a people so connected to the Temple, a building which had been built by Solomon, that at any time they would have closed it from use?
The people no longer attributed worth to God and had gone after all kinds of other gods that were in the land or were brought into the land from other nations. They we…