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What Has Been Done, Will Be Done


Solomon nailed it:

      “What has been is what will be,

      and what has been done is what will be done,

      and there is nothing new under the sun. “ (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

Everything we see and marvel at today is old news. It has happened before and will continue to happen over and over.  Irish statesman Edmund Burke expanded the idea with his famous statement that “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”  The Old Testament, with its history of the ups and downs of God’s people, is more important in light of Solomon’s and Burke’s assertions. By observing the Israelite successes and failures, we learn to avoid the bad and accentuate the good.

One feature of Israelite life was the infamous cycle of disobedience. Although present from their Sinai beginnings, the cycle is most evident during the period of the Judges. In Judges 2:11-23 we see a divine explanation of the problem. Israel departed from God’s law and began to serve idols. God punished them by the hand of the remaining pagan nations. They would cry out to the Lord for deliverance and he would raise up judges to deliver them. Typically, they remained faithful for many years and then drifted back into their old ways. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Over and over.

The pattern is seen again in Judges 3:7-11 and in passage after passage. A reader is inclined to think that Israel must have been mentally deficient in some way. Why else would they persist in behaviors they knew were sinful and would bring the wrath of God upon them and their children?

“what has been done, will be done”

Solomon’s message explodes with meaning now. The Israelite sin is our sin! They are us and we are them! The only difference is that our punishment does not come as quickly and as obviously as theirs. In a sense, Israel was blessed because their sin and punishment were constantly before them. We are lulled into a deadly sleep of comfort that soothes our conscience. Danger lies ahead just a certainly as wicked nations lay in wait for Israel.

Paul says we are not to sleep for we are children of the day. We are to be alert, sober and prepared for the coming of our Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:5-11).

History is repeating itself. Each day the same struggles arise. Let us learn from the troubles of those before us and let us resolve to be prepared for those same troubles when they come our way.



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Anthony Weiner Proves Samson Is Alive and Well

New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is the latest VIP to fall victim to his own temptations and sins. Weiner’s rising star among democrats began to fall last week when the Congressman’s Twitter account posted a picture of Weiner’s groin clothed in underwear. He first claimed that his account had been hacked but later admitted that he sent the picture although he intended it only for one woman. And that woman was not his wife. We next learned that a number of other women had racy conversations via text messages with him. We now learn further that he may have coached at least one of the women to lie about the messages.

Here in Alabama we have a Mobile County Commissioner, Steve Nodine, who was a rising star in politics and a darling of the local media. Today, Nodine sits in the Baldwin County jail today on a Federal firearms and drug charge while awaiting a possible second trial on charges he shot and killed his longtime mistress a year ago. His rapid descent from star to scourge still has people shaking their heads.

The common cliche is that both have “feet of clay.” ((A reference that likely goes all the way back to Daniel 2:43.)) That’s true and it also pertains to every one of us. All are fallible, all are sinners (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8). These two very successful men, tracking toward greater success and outwardly happily married succumbed to temptations of the most base sort. In the temptation they are no different from just about any other man.

But we are still prone to ask “why?” How could someone with everything going right for them suddenly go so wrong? We find the answers in Samson. Continue reading Anthony Weiner Proves Samson Is Alive and Well

Would You Take 1 in 400 Odds

What would you think about a battlefield commander who carried his forces into a battle outnumbered 400 to 1?

The book of Judges records just such a moment for Gideon. The Lord wanted his people delivered from the sons of the Amalekites and the sons of the east. Gideon was the chosen leader. But it was important for the Israelites to understand that their victory was from God and not from their own abilities.

Take a moment and read the story of Gideon in Judges 7 & 8.

Gideon began with an army of 32,000 fighting men. This represented odds of almost Continue reading Would You Take 1 in 400 Odds