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Fathers

This issue connects with all of us, whether consciously or unconsciously, because, all of us have a human father, whether we know him or not. Some fathers have an understanding of their responsibilities to their family, others do not. Yet, all fathers still bear great responsibility for the next generation and the future of society. A father's responsibility is portrayed in 99% of all movies. Whether it's Liam Neeson, tracking his abducted daughter to France and saving her from slavery in the movie Taken; Luke finding that Darth Vader is his and Leia's father in Star Wars; or Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall playing out an estranged relationship of a father and son in The Judge. Endless movie examples remain. Zechariah was a priest who was chosen by lot out of his division of priests to enter the Temple at Jerusalem and burn incense to God. When he was in the Temple, the angel Gabriel spoke to him about an answer to his prayers. He said, "Your wife Elizabeth wil…

Serious Business

Should you take God seriously? Seems like an obvious answer to this question, however, because God dwells in heaven and we do not physically see, hear, or are able to touch Him, some would say He doesn't exist or is reclusive and uninterested in us. Consider the story of Korah, a Levite, and Dathan and Abiram, from the tribe of Reuben. These men became insolent and rose up against Moses. (Numbers 16:1-2) Korah, a part of the Kohathites, who were the carriers of the Holy things of the wilderness Temple but himself not a leader of that clan, (Numbers 2:19), decided he had had enough of Moses declarations and decisions. So, he enlisted Dathan and Abiram of the Reubenite tribe to stand with him. Their number also included another 250 men who all felt that Moses had "gone too far" (Numbers 16:3) in ruling over them. But the truth was that God had set the nation up like this, with Moses as their leader in their infant stages of development, sharing rules with them from Him th…

Pride

There is one sin rooted deep within each of us. It could be called the root sin because so much springs from it. It is pride, of which Solomon instructed when he wrote, "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2) Miriam, sister to Moses, felt that she was God's mouthpiece as much as was Moses and God brought terrible leprosy as white as snow upon her for her pride. (Numbers 12:1) Haman boasted about his wealth, his sons, and connection to King Xerxes. He felt he could convince him to annihilate the Jewish people. He even built a large gallows on which he decided to hang Mordecai, the Jew. Esther convinced the King of Haman's evil and he was hanged on his own gallows. (Esther 7) Nebuchadnezzar was prideful about his Babylonian Kingdom and God brought him down to the life of an animal in the field for seven years until he recognized that God was sovereign over the kingdoms of men. (Daniel 4:28-33) Now, humility is 180 degre…

Sin Truth

When you hurt someone with your words, steal, dishonor your parents, lie, or commit other sins, who are your sinning against? The obvious surface answer would be your neighbor. But the deeper truth would be, against God. Let me show you why, with three stories. David took Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, into his bed and committed adultery. David tried to hide it but Nathan, a prophet of God, came to him and named it for what it was. He told the story of a man with one sheep that was stolen by a rich man, who had many sheep, and sacrificed for a traveler's meal. When David was fully vested in the story and had declared punishment on the rich man, Nathan said to him, "You are the man!" (2 Samuel 12:7) After this, David wrote Psalm 51 in which he declared, "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you [God], you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight." (Psalm 51:4) The prodigal son asked his father for his part of the …