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"Just Dues"

This is an old expression which means "getting what you deserve." We have heard it said in the positive, "John got his just dues with that promotion." And, we have heard it said related in the negative, "Billy Ray got his just dues for murdering that man." The whole idea is to gain equality where a lack of equality is happening. God requires His just dues from every person, so Jesus called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for giving tithes of "the tiniest income from your herb gardens" and yet ignoring the weightier parts of the law—Justice, Mercy, and Faith in their daily activity. (Matthew 23:23) Justice, Mercy, and Faith are required in our relationship to our neighbors all of us under the same Law. Justice is equal treatment under the Law for all who have been wronged. Mercy is compassion and kindness, possibly a lighter sentence that could be imposed due to mitigating circumstances. It is given though not deserved. Faith is used in a pas…

Destroy

Do you consciously think about destroying yourself? Seems ridiculous doesn't it? Destroy means to tear down, demolish, kill, completely ruin, to neutralize the effect of. We don't think about doing this to ourselves, although we sometimes think about doing it to others. Today in politics the opponents try to destroy each other. Fake stories are shared to incriminate the opposition and the whole idea of "innocent till proven guilty" is out the window. So, what are ways you can destroy yourself? Solomon said, "The man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32) But there are many other ways to destroy yourself including being foolish, greedy, envious, pride-filled, an idolater, disobedient, hate-filled, a liar, unfaithful, filled with wickedness, complacent (Proverbs 1:32), selfish (Matthew 6:19), and being a thief (John 10:10). There are others but the emphasis here is that a person can be destroyed by their heart; the hear…

Dreams and Visions

What is the purpose of dreams and visions in the Bible? This may seem like an unanswerable question but consider the following. Elihu, the fourth of Job's confronters, after Job had suggested the need for a personal audience with God but had also stated that God answers none of man's complaints, said the following: "For God does speak—now one way, now another—though man may not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night…he may speak in their ears and terrify them withwarnings, to turn man from wrongdoing and [to] keep him from pride, to preserve his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword…" (Job 33:14-18) Here is the youngest of the "wise men" sitting around Job, as he works his way through his present predicament, bringing the truth to Job's ears by saying that God is always speaking to men. Why? God speaks in dreams and visions to keep His plan for man on the right path. There are many biblical references to dreams which happened t…

Purposes of God

In the midst of famine, Jacob moved his family to Egypt, knowing that Joseph was there and would help them survive. They did survive and thrive and so for 430 years they remained until it was the right timing for their departure. Then, God commissioned a man, Moses, and sent him back to Egypt to lead His people out. But that would not happen until God judged Pharaoh and Egypt at large for their treatment of Israel. He would perform ten miracles, also called plagues, in the land before Pharaoh's stubbornness would be broken. God stated his purposes several times, here are His statements: "I will bring down my fist (my powerful hand Ex. 7:4) on Egypt." (Ex. 7:1) "The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord." (7:5) "I will show that I am the Lord." (7:17) "Then you will know that I am the Lord and that I am present even in the heart of your land." (8:22) "Then you will know there is no one else like me in all the earth." (9:14b) "I have s…