Digging in Deeper: Jeremiah 43:2

“Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, ‘You are telling a lie.  The Lord our God did not send you to say, “Do not go to Egypt to live there…”‘”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

The people of Israel who hadn’t been taken off to Babylon as captives or killed in the process were scared.  The options before them didn’t seem good at all.  Some of their leaders had murdered the governor the Babylonians had put in place to rule over them.  They feared retribution was coming and would be painful when it arrived.  The various nations around them not only didn’t want to help, but were actively antagonistic toward them.  The only option that seemed to make sense was to head to Egypt in hopes that by coming as refugees from their mutual enemies in Babylon, they would be received graciously and not as a hostile force. Read the rest…

Morning Musings: 2 Chronicles 10:6-8

“Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, ‘How do you advise me to answer this people?’  And they said to him, ‘If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.’  But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Rehoboam was an idiot.  But, he was an idiot with a lot of copycats around today.  We live in a culture that celebrates youth as one of the highest goods a person can achieve.  For those who don’t have it by calendar years, there are many measures that can be taken to maintain its appearance.  For those who do have it, though, they are given a seat at the cultural table that tends to be far closer to the head than they should be given.  See how many of the cable news channels have as anchors folks who are in their early 30s or even into their 20s.  While there are very many young people who are incredibly intelligent and articulate, there is something important and powerful to be said for the perspective and even wisdom that can only be attained by a breadth of experience that only comes with years.   Read the rest…