5/7/11

More than a twenty dollar bill


This picture was very nice to see for many reasons.  First, it was nice to see some non-Caucasians doing something for a "White Guy".  Most of the time whites are the object of hatred (on TV) and this is a refreshing change.  Also, it seems as if there were more than one person helping (neighbors).  Again, very nice.  If you watch crime shows on TV, most of the time, the perpetrator is black, so, its nice to see non-whites in a different light.  All this reminds me of the following parable of Jesus...

Luke 10:29-37 (WEB)


29) But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?”

30) Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31) By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32) In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side.

33) But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion,

34) came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35) On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’

36) Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?”

37) He said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

The Samaritans had been Jews, but had not followed faithfully.  This doesn't mean that some (perhaps, even most) of them were not GOOD PEOPLE, it just means that they were not as religious as the JEWS thought they should be.  So, they were hated.  Jesus shows they were the JEWS neighbors and worthy of praise by this parable and strikes at the heart of prejudice everywhere.  I like the picture because it shows that everyone with a good heart will show it... no matter what their ethnic background.  They found common ground in the flag and realized that America is the land where many different people work together for freedom.  In one sense, we are all "family" because we are human beings and someday we may actually be able to overcome our differences completely.  I can't wait...

OT Bible Reading 5/7

May 7


Deuteronomy 29, 30



Deu 29:1 These are the words of the covenant which Yahweh commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.

Deu 29:2 Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all that Yahweh did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land;

Deu 29:3 the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders:

Deu 29:4 but Yahweh has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day.

Deu 29:5 I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes have not grown old on you, and your shoes have not grown old on your feet.

Deu 29:6 You have not eaten bread, neither have you drunk wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am Yahweh your God.

Deu 29:7 When you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us to battle, and we struck them:

Deu 29:8 and we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Manassites.

Deu 29:9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.

Deu 29:10 You stand this day all of you before Yahweh your God; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel,

Deu 29:11 your little ones, your wives, and your foreigner who is in the midst of your camps, from the one who cuts your wood to the one who draws your water;

Deu 29:12 that you may enter into the covenant of Yahweh your God, and into his oath, which Yahweh your God makes with you this day;

Deu 29:13 that he may establish you this day to himself for a people, and that he may be to you a God, as he spoke to you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Deu 29:14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath,

Deu 29:15 but with him who stands here with us this day before Yahweh our God, and also with him who is not here with us this day

Deu 29:16 (for you know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed;

Deu 29:17 and you have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them);

Deu 29:18 lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from Yahweh our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood;

Deu 29:19 and it happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to destroy the moist with the dry.

Deu 29:20 Yahweh will not pardon him, but then the anger of Yahweh and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie on him, and Yahweh will blot out his name from under the sky.

Deu 29:21 Yahweh will set him apart to evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law.

Deu 29:22 The generation to come, your children who shall rise up after you, and the foreigner who shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses with which Yahweh has made it sick;

Deu 29:23 and that the whole land of it is sulfur, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Yahweh overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

Deu 29:24 even all the nations shall say, Why has Yahweh done thus to this land? what means the heat of this great anger?

Deu 29:25 Then men shall say, Because they forsook the covenant of Yahweh, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt,

Deu 29:26 and went and served other gods, and worshiped them, gods that they didn't know, and that he had not given to them:

Deu 29:27 therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against this land, to bring on it all the curse that is written in this book;

Deu 29:28 and Yahweh rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day.

Deu 29:29 The secret things belong to Yahweh our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Deu 30:1 It shall happen, when all these things have come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where Yahweh your God has driven you,

Deu 30:2 and shall return to Yahweh your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;

Deu 30:3 that then Yahweh your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion on you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples, where Yahweh your God has scattered you.

Deu 30:4 If any of your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of the heavens, from there will Yahweh your God gather you, and from there he will bring you back:

Deu 30:5 and Yahweh your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.

Deu 30:6 Yahweh your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.

Deu 30:7 Yahweh your God will put all these curses on your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.

Deu 30:8 You shall return and obey the voice of Yahweh, and do all his commandments which I command you this day.

Deu 30:9 Yahweh your God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground, for good: for Yahweh will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers;

Deu 30:10 if you shall obey the voice of Yahweh your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if you turn to Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.

Deu 30:11 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

Deu 30:12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

Deu 30:13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

Deu 30:14 But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.

Deu 30:15 Behold, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;

Deu 30:16 in that I command you this day to love Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deu 30:17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;

Deu 30:18 I denounce to you this day, that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land, where you pass over the Jordan to go in to possess it.

Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed;

Deu 30:20 to love Yahweh your God, to obey his voice, and to cleave to him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which Yahweh swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.