My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause; Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, Even whole as those who go down to the pit; We shall find all kinds of precious wealth; We shall fill our houses with spoil; Throw in your lot with us, We shall have one purse,” My son do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, For their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed blood(Proverbs 1: 10-16 NASB).
After I read those verses this morning, all I could think of was Michael Jackson’s video “Bad.” The video is based on a true story. Jackson portrays a young man who attends a private school. When he goes home during an extended break, jealous friends try to entice him to attack and rob an old man in a subway station, but Jackson refuses. In the final scene, Jackson preaches to his friends, “You’re doing wrong.” The real-life story ended in tragedy, but Jackson gave his fictionalized version a happy ending.
Michael Jackson (Photo credit: MGEARTWORKS)
Unless you see the entire video, you’ll miss the point. The short version is strictly entertainment. But the full version is a sermon in dramatization, song, and dance: a pictorial illustration of Proverbs 1: 10-16, although I doubt that Jackson had Proverbs in mind when he created “Bad.”
As a child, I attended the Methodist church. One of my favorite hymns was ”Bringing in the Sheaves.” It still is.
This morning while reading Psalm 126, I came across the phrase ”bringing his sheaves with him” and wondered if it inspired the familiar hymn. Psalm 126 celebrates the Hebrews’ release from captivity. Compare the hymn with the Psalm 126 (especially the last two verses).. The similarities are striking..
“BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES”
Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Refrain: Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves; Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows, Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze; By and by the harvest, and the labor ended, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome, We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him(KJV).
*In 1880 George A. Minor composed the tune to “Bringing in the Sheaves” that we are familiar with today.
Perry Stone makes an appearance on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” (12/2/2013) to talk about the Book of Revelation. He also explains the significance of the Law of Moses (the Law of God) in light of the New Testament.
Did Psalm 90 inspire the gospel song “I’ll Fly Away, by Albert E. Brumley? I don’t know but the similarities are undeniable.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth. For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. They days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away (Psalm 90: 4-10 Holy Bible).
Psalm 90 is attributed to Moses. The introduction reads: “A Prayer of Moses the man of God.” (See Job 20: 8 also.)
English: Psalm 90 of The Holy Bible, King James version, 1772. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanukiah. Česky: Chanukový svícen chanukija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. This a rare occurrence.
Other names for Hanukkah include the Feast of Dedication and the Festival of Lights. Jesus celebrated the Feast of Dedication (John 10: 22-23). The story of Hanukkah is recorded in the Apocrypha, which was written between the Old and New Testaments, and prophesied in Daniel 9.
The Maccabees led a revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who persecuted the Jews and desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabean victory over Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
Jesus viewed Antiochus IV Epiphanes as the prototype of the antichrist to come in the last days. In Matthew 24: 15 NIV, he says, “So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Hanukkah is key to understanding the End Times in the Book of Revelation.
Like the snowflake, the Star of David ( a national, not a religious symbol) is six-sided. This short video features Star of David snowflakes. Happy Thankshanukkah!
Two Paths: One Leads to the Seal of God, the other Leads to the Mark of the Beast. We have “The Seal of God” when we keep and obey all of God’s Law’s/Commandments. They should be written in our Hearts, Soul, and Mind. Jesus can read our…