“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord GOD.  “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.”  Ezekiel 18:30  (T. Hegg translation) Stumbling Block – We might think we know this word since the same […]

“Therefore thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I am about to remove you from the face of the earth.  This year you are going to die, because you have counseled rebellion against the LORD.’”  Jeremiah 28:16 Rebellion – I woke up today with Jeremiah 28 on my mind.  That seemed very odd, so I determined to […]

Of David, a contemplation. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1 Transgression/Sin – What is the opposite of rebellion?  If you’re thinking in Greek, you might suggest “peace.”  The Greek thought of peace as the absence of war.  War was the natural state of existence, but once in awhile, […]

Of David, a contemplation. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1 Transgression/ Sin – Hebrew poetry rhymes ideas, not sounds.  One Hebrew technique is parallel construction.  In this technique, the first idea is matched with a second parallel idea and one idea elaborates the thought of the other.  In […]