Archive for August, 2013
Sadly, if a corrupt leadership is ruling, chances are very good that due to their corruption, they won’t like it when anyone speaks against them. When they find people engaging in this, they will likely react by getting rid of you, one way or another. “In spite of such bad leadership, Solomon urged restraint. If you complain, those in authority may eliminate you.” Scary, isn’t it? Yet it makes sense. Generally, leaders who are fearful of those they rule, usually employ spies to learn what is being said about them. If leaders are truly corrupt, they probably have little difficulty using any numbers of ways to take care of people they consider to be problems. A word to the wise.
Hosea 4:3 states: “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.”
During the back and forth between Jesus and Pilate, Jesus tells Pilate of His kingdom that was not of this world (v. 36). Based on this admission, Pilate asks, “So You are a king?” (v. 37). At this point, Jesus responds with, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
It seems apparent that this case was portrayed as racist from the beginning. One network went so far as to edit the police call from Zimmerman to make him appear to be a racist. Another introduced Zimmerman to us as a “white/Hispanic,” in spite of the fact that Zimmerman sees himself as a Hispanic. He’s also a Democrat and voted for Obama in 2008, but that wasn’t newsworthy.
I think when read in its entirety, it is difficult (if not impossible) to assign the identity of the servant picture in the text to the nation of Israel. It simply doesn’t fit because of numerous problems. I view this section as applying to the Messiah and the Messiah is Jesus. These verses leading up to chapter 53 strikes a contrasting note in just several verses.