Friday, May 2, 2014

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12
12Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Jesus gave the golden rule. This law is nothing new. Jesus phrased it in a new way. Loving thy neighbor as thy self is another way Jesus said it. Essentially, many of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 reveal what not to do, mostly to others. If you want kindness to be shown to you, be kind. King Solomon even mentioned in the Book of Proverbs, if you want friends, you must show yourself to be friendly. And he who waters will also be watered as said in Proverbs 11. You cannot say you want someone kind to come alongside you yet you are full of meanness. People who sincerely treat others well, are considerate, friendly, etc will have it returned to them, especially when they need it most. People who can be double minded or "sometimey" in their friendliness and kindness, manipulators, etc wonder why they have no true friends. Whatever you receive will be based on whatever you put out. Whatever you say and do to others is what is in your heart. If you want to be treated better, give thought and reflection to what you do to others.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Casting of Lots

Proverbs 16:33
33The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
The casting of lots is referenced and used in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It was used in the book of Jonah by the sailors to determine that Jonah was the cause behind the storm that overtook the boat. It was the method used in Acts to determine which of the two nominees would actually be the next apostle to replace Judas Iscariot. But what is the casting of lots? Merriam-Webster's Dictionary refers to it as the method of using an object such as straw, stones, etc to determine one's fate. Here in the United States it was just referred to as drawing straws. The premise behind it is that whoever picks the oddest of the objects used is the one who must do whatever is being asked. God used King Solomon to make it clear that the lot selected isn't by chance but the decision is made by God.
In the book of Esther, Haman attempted to make the decision to cast the lot or Pur, which is Hebrew for lot, on the Jews. He attempted to make it look like the decision to destroy the Jews in Babylon was an arbitrary decision, when in fact, it was his plan of revenge against the Jews for something that happened hundreds of years ago. But Haman didn't count on God placing Queen Esther in the court to counteract Haman's attempt to play God. And in the end, the lot fell on Haman.
What does this mean to you? The Hymn, "It is Well" states, "whatever my lot, it is well with my soul." What has God decided for you? It is not for you to attempt to cast the lot on someone that should not be. There are men and women who have been arrested for knowingly passing along infectious diseases because they were upset that the lot fell on them. If you engage in something that you should not, how can you blame an unsuspecting soul for your misfortune? Or a man or woman in love was scorned so they attempt to cast a lot on some unsuspecting soul. God has the final say for whom the lot is cast and He will allow it to work for His glory in the end no matter what attempt man makes.