They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
the poison of vipers is on their lips. — Psalm 140:3
Everybody has heard the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” However, anybody that has been the victim of slander or bullying can confirm that words can be as harmful as physical trauma and deadly as a vipers venom.
Speaking slander, לשון הרע (lashon hara) in hebrew, is a serious violation of the Biblical commands. There are at least 31 biblical commandments that address the issue of slandering.
Writing God’s Story — Deuteronomy 31:19
The last command that God speaks to Moses is to tell him to “Write down this song and teach it and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me…”
The early Jewish teachers explained that the song that God told Moses to write down and to teach was the Bible itself.
They else taught that every person in each generation is required to write his or her own copy of the Torah.
You may wonder why the ancient Torah teachers required this intense and lengthly project of copying your very own Torah Scroll. Is it not possible to learn Gods song by just studying or reading books about Gods story?
One of the most overlooked topics in christian living is the concept of maturing as a Christian.
Our verse today is 2 Corinthians 7:1
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
This verse should make us all sit up and pay attention. Do we live our lives in such a way that is focused on “perfecting holiness out of a reverence or fear of God?
“Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever; from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise.” Psalm 79:13
When you read the Psalms, you quickly notice that most of the psalms focus on the need for a miracle. Each psalm goes back and forth from a sincere call to God for a miracle, and the joyful response of a miracle realized.
However, what should the response be after we receive a miracle? Continue reading 06 – Feeding Sea Gulls
Deuteronomy 2:3: “You have circled this mountain long enough, turn yourself north.” Continue reading 05 – Go North!
Deuteronomy 4:39 says, “Know this day, and lay it to thy heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and upon the earth beneath; there is none else.”
Continue reading 04 – Relax! Nothing is Under Control