5/3/11

Cheap, fast or good?


Interesting sign!  I wonder what they are REALLY saying about their service?  Notice, the sign doesn't say you MUST pick any two, but rather that you MAY pick any two.  So, is their service fast cheap or good?  Tough question!  I could be wrong, but my best guess is that their service isn't fast or cheap, just good. The best things in life take time; tomatoes are grown reasonably fast, yet they are not as valuable as natural diamonds, which take a long time to make.  So it is with the things of God; sin was a BIG problem and took thousands of years to be successfully overcome.  Consider this passage from the book of Ephesians.

Ephesians 3:1-12 (WEB)


1) For this cause I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,

2) if it is so that you have heard of the administration of that grace of God which was given me toward you;

3) how that by revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I wrote before in few words,

4) by which, when you read, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;

5) which in other generations was not made known to the children of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

6) that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus through the Good News,

7) of which I was made a servant, according to the gift of that grace of God which was given me according to the working of his power.

8) To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,

9) and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ;

10) to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places,

11) according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;

12) in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

It wasn't enough for God to his his own chosen people (the Jews), HIS love extended far beyond them to all human beings.  This took time to work out; several thousand years in fact.  It wasn't easy to accomplish, took a long time and cost a lot, but GOD did it!  As far as our human condition goes, life can very complicated, with many conflicting signs in our life, pulling us in many directions at one time.  Don't be down on yourself if everything doesn't seem to fall into place by the time you are 20 or 30 or even 40; be patient!  Remember, God didn't call Moses until he was 80 and didn't complete his work until he was 120.  Fortunately, we have a sign that not quite as complicated or confusing as the pictured one, its called The Bible and if you keep reading, sooner or later you will understand!  One thing is for certain, The Bible doesn't encourage a life that is cheap or fast, JUST GOOD!

OT Bible Reading 5/3

May 3


Deuteronomy 21, 22

Deu 21:1 If one be found slain in the land which Yahweh your God gives you to possess it, lying in the field, and it isn't known who has struck him;

Deu 21:2 then your elders and your judges shall come forth, and they shall measure to the cities which are around him who is slain:

Deu 21:3 and it shall be, that the city which is nearest to the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take a heifer of the herd, which hasn't been worked with, and which has not drawn in the yoke;

Deu 21:4 and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer to a valley with running water, which is neither plowed nor sown, and shall break the heifer's neck there in the valley.

Deu 21:5 The priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them Yahweh your God has chosen to minister to him, and to bless in the name of Yahweh; and according to their word shall every controversy and every stroke be.

Deu 21:6 All the elders of that city, who are nearest to the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;

Deu 21:7 and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.

Deu 21:8 Forgive, Yahweh, your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, and don't allow innocent blood to remain in the midst of your people Israel. The blood shall be forgiven them.

Deu 21:9 So you shall put away the innocent blood from the midst of you, when you shall do that which is right in the eyes of Yahweh.

Deu 21:10 When you go forth to battle against your enemies, and Yahweh your God delivers them into your hands, and you carry them away captive,

Deu 21:11 and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;

Deu 21:12 then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

Deu 21:13 and she shall put the clothing of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that you shall go in to her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.

Deu 21:14 It shall be, if you have no delight in her, then you shall let her go where she will; but you shall not sell her at all for money, you shall not deal with her as a slave, because you have humbled her.

Deu 21:15 If a man have two wives, the one beloved, and the other hated, and they have borne him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers who was hated;

Deu 21:16 then it shall be, in the day that he causes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved the firstborn before the son of the hated, who is the firstborn:

Deu 21:17 but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the hated, by giving him a double portion of all that he has; for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Deu 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and, though they chasten him, will not listen to them;

Deu 21:19 then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place;

Deu 21:20 and they shall tell the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

Deu 21:21 All the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Deu 21:22 If a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree;

Deu 21:23 his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him the same day; for he who is hanged is accursed of God; that you don't defile your land which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.



Deu 22:1 You shall not see your brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely bring them again to your brother.

Deu 22:2 If your brother isn't near to you, or if you don't know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seek after it, and you shall restore it to him.

Deu 22:3 So you shall do with his donkey; and so you shall do with his garment; and so you shall do with every lost thing of your brother's, which he has lost, and you have found: you may not hide yourself.

Deu 22:4 You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox fallen down by the way, and hide yourself from them: you shall surely help him to lift them up again.

Deu 22:5 A woman shall not wear men's clothing, neither shall a man put on women's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 22:6 If a bird's nest chance to be before you in the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the hen sitting on the young, or on the eggs, you shall not take the hen with the young:

Deu 22:7 you shall surely let the hen go, but the young you may take to yourself; that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days.

Deu 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you don't bring blood on your house, if any man fall from there.

Deu 22:9 You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, lest the whole fruit be forfeited, the seed which you have sown, and the increase of the vineyard.

Deu 22:10 You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Deu 22:11 You shall not wear a mixed stuff, wool and linen together.

Deu 22:12 You shall make yourselves fringes on the four borders of your cloak, with which you cover yourself.

Deu 22:13 If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and hates her,

Deu 22:14 and accuses her of shameful things, and brings up an evil name on her, and says, I took this woman, and when I came near to her, I didn't find in her the tokens of virginity;

Deu 22:15 then shall the father of the young lady, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the young lady's virginity to the elders of the city in the gate;

Deu 22:16 and the young lady's father shall tell the elders, I gave my daughter to this man to wife, and he hates her;

Deu 22:17 and behold, he has accused her of shameful things, saying, I didn't find in your daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. They shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.

Deu 22:18 The elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him;

Deu 22:19 and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver, and give them to the father of the young lady, because he has brought up an evil name on a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

Deu 22:20 But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the young lady;

Deu 22:21 then they shall bring out the young lady to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done folly in Israel, to play the prostitute in her father's house: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 22:22 If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman: so you shall put away the evil from Israel.

Deu 22:23 If there is a young lady who is a virgin pledged to be married to a husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;

Deu 22:24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones; the lady, because she didn't cry, being in the city; and the man, because he has humbled his neighbor's wife: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 22:25 But if the man find the lady who is pledged to be married in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her; then the man only who lay with her shall die:

Deu 22:26 but to the lady you shall do nothing; there is in the lady no sin worthy of death: for as when a man rises against his neighbor, and kills him, even so is this matter;

Deu 22:27 for he found her in the field, the pledged to be married lady cried, and there was none to save her.

Deu 22:28 If a man find a lady who is a virgin, who is not pledged to be married, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

Deu 22:29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the lady's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife, because he has humbled her; he may not put her away all his days.

Deu 22:30 A man shall not take his father's wife, and shall not uncover his father's skirt.