I understand it when a sign is posted and the sign says, “No Trespassing.” Actually, that kind of sign always scared me because I pretty much figured the people who placed the sign there were way out on the edge so I didn’t need to be anywhere near the sign. I reasoned that by the time someone puts a sign like that up, they have been thru many incidences where people have trespassed and there is no negotiation.
We tend of do things in a progression. First, it’s the “No Trespassing” sign, then the “That Means You” sign followed by these signs with holes in them where the illusion of a bullet has passed thru. Then again, the bullet holes may not be an illusion. That’s when the “Proceed At Your Own Risk” sign follows.
Each morning, for some years, I walk passed a house that had multiple signs around the property. The door to the front porch was busted out on the bottom and it was usually open about half way. Next to the porch door was the sign that said “Beware of Dog” in very large print. At the space where the door was open, there was a thick rope about 5 feet long. I suppose this rope is for the ominous dog alluded to in the posted sign. I’ve never seen a dog or heard a dog there and I don’t think the 5 foot piece of rope would be big enough for an attack dog. I don’t even know how they could have attached that simple rope to anything.
5:8 Doom to you who buy up all the houses and grab all the land for yourselves—
Evicting the old owners, posting NO TRESPASSING signs,
Taking over the country, leaving everyone homeless and landless.
9 I overheard GOD of-the-Angel-Armies say:
“Those mighty houses will end up empty. Those extravagant estates will be deserted.
10 A ten-acre vineyard will produce a pint of wine, a fifty-pound sack of seed, a quart of grain.”
11 Doom to those who get up early and start drinking booze before breakfast,
Who stay up all hours of the night drinking themselves into a stupor.
12 They make sure their banquets are well-furnished with harps and flutes and plenty of wine,
But they’ll have nothing to do with the work of GOD, pay no mind to what he is doing.
13 Therefore my people will end up in exile because they don’t know the score.
Their “big men” will starve to death and the common people die of thirst.
14 Sheol developed a huge appetite, swallowing people nonstop!
Big people and little people alike down that gullet, to say nothing of all the drunks.
15 The down-and-out on a par with the high-and-mighty,
Windbag boasters crumpled, flaccid as a punctured bladder.
16 But by working justice, GOD of-the-Angel-Armies will be a mountain.
By working righteousness, Holy God will show what “holy” is.
17 And lambs will graze as if they owned the place,
Kids and calves right at home in the ruins.
The rich stole from the poor and were confident of their own wisdom; so much that they questioned God’s counsel and for a price they twisted what God said. There was no justice in the land because evil leaders turned from the truth of God’s Word.
When have you tried to twist things to favor you and give you a favorable outcome? When have you disregarded a warning sign? When are you more concerned about your needs rather over the needs of others? When have you been intentional about doing for others and putting your own needs aside? Have a day!
In Conversation with a child today: Ask a child to tell you how they can tell when someone is hungry
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: The gift of Nelson Mandela, Dee, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Tornado/storm victims, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen, Diane
And those experiencing loss - family & friends of: Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: O God, we thank you for this day and for the abundance you have given us. Guide our hearts to be attentive to the needs of others and move us to help those who are in need. Amen
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