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Nehemiah 5:14-7:73

I seem to be in a “silly” mood today because when I read this in the sixth chapter,
2 Sanballat and Geshem sent me a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono,” I added “Don’t go!” Sanballat and Tobiah continue to be busy in keeping up their intimidation tactics. But Nehemiah doesn’t say that he isn’t disturbed by what he hears and reads because this kind of assault will go into your core and plant fear and terror. But Nehemiah knows who his source and strenghth is and it ain’t the gang headed by Sanballat and Tobiah.

Also take note that someone saying, “Thus saith the Lord …” can be of the devil. They come, like Paul has stated, “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. (2Ti 3:5 NET.)” Those folks were around then and they are around now.
What they are all about is control and power. Like the Pharisees during the time of Jesus, if their status is threatened they move to kill those they feel threaten by.

I Corinthians 8:11-13

Meat eating, to eat or not that is the question here in this text. I’m assuming, possibly wrongly, that the only place were one could get fresh meat was in the temple as people brought sacrifices. Since Corinth was nowhere near Jerusalem, they could not readily partake of the feasts or festivals, such as Passover. And since they were not converted from Judaism to Christianity, although during that time, Christians were considered a sect of the Jewish religion, they were unfamiliar with the Jewish festivals. Therefore, the only place where fresh meat was available was in the temples dedicated to the Greek gods. This could be a problem.

Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1Th 5:19-22 KJVR)

Going in and out of the meat market (the Greek temples) could give off the “appearance of evil,” though you may just be going there to get your rump roast.


Psalm 33:1-11

3Sing new songs of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy.

4For the word of the LORD holds true,
and everything he does is worthy of our trust.

No matter how we feel, no matter what our circumstances look like we are to sing with joy to the Lord because what God has said He will do and He is trustworthy. I also take note that we are told to sing with joy, not in tune.


Proverbs 21:8-10

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop [on the flat oriental roof, exposed to all kinds of weather] than in a house shared with a nagging, quarrelsome, and faultfinding woman. (Pro 21:9 AMP)

The New Living Translation uses wife instead of woman; however, I can attest whether the relationship is husband wife, or traveling friends on vacation, no matter how luxurious the accommodations , when you have someone who is nagging quarrelsome and faultfinding, in short someone who is bitter, one desirous to stay at a Motel 6 (For those outside the USA--a cheap motel), then the best suite in the hotel.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Proverbs 21:9
An interesting concept to consider when a man is dealing with those tough times in his marriage when he is questioning the contention of his wife. My experience has given me some insight that I will share. At those times the roof would have been a part of the home but the least frequented by the rest of the family. A husband would still be in the house but out of sight and not an interference with the wife’s running the household. Her job was to maintain and organize the daily routines associated with family. When problems arose and she wasn’t able to respect the husband/wife relationship anymore, one of the consequences may result in quarreling. An astute man would give up this sharing the house and quietly move to the safest place in the home until a resolution was achieved. If some of this wisdom was applied to our family situation today, we may see a strengthening of the family unit rather than its dissolvent.

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