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Manual Labor Has Its Reward 020912

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Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Proverbs 12:10-21

Galatians 5:2-15

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Proverbs 12:14 says ‘….and manual labor has its reward.

This time of year I have regular contact with farmers in a local Amish community. They sell vegetable seeds and plants and so we cross paths often as I try to garden.

The Amish and my ancestor Mennonites were once the same denomination, and I think I still share something with them spiritually. When I’m around them Jesus’ ideas of social justice, love and equality and equanimity become real. It is apparent in actions and speech that they practice a daily profound life with Jesus and each other.

Yesterday I had to go by a friend’s house very early, and I thought I might catch him drinking coffee, but he had been up for hours doing chores and carrying firewood, then repairing equipment for spring farm work. All his children were around helping and working in some way, and then his older sons dropped by to help rebuilding an old wagon. And all of them were happy, sometimes even singing and whistling.

There is no doubt they live a life filled with continual manual labor, and I think they are rewarded.

Pray for peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 147

1Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

3He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

4He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

5Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

6The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.

8He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.

9He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

10His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;

11but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

20He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!

Proverbs 12:10-21

10The righteous know the needs of their animals,
but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11Those who till their land will have plenty of food,
but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.
12The wicked covet the proceeds of wickedness,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13The evil are ensnared by the transgression of their lips,
but the righteous escape from trouble.
14From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things,
and manual labor has its reward.
15Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to advice.
16Fools show their anger at once,
but the prudent ignore an insult.
17Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
but a false witness speaks deceitfully.
18Rash words are like sword thrusts,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil,
but those who counsel peace have joy.
21No harm happens to the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.

Galatians 5:2-15

2Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. 4You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. 7You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? 8Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!

13For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

When the Day is Long 021012

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Psalm 147:1-11, 20c

Job 36:1-23

1 Corinthians 9:1-16

When the Day is Long 021012

If you’ve ever had a week, or a day that just went by too slowly, and with too much difficulty and toil or just was too long, then you’ll appreciate Psalm 147. It is one of those Psalms worth memorizing or noting in your Bible, for we all have certain days or weeks that wear us out.

Maybe because we’re tired of winter and have ‘cabin fever’ verses 8 and 9 especially comforting:

8He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. 9He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

This is God reaching out to ‘heal the brokenhearted and to gather the outcasts for the coming time of rain and green grass again.

Carry this with you in your heart as you start and end a long day and a long week.

Pray for you peace,

(brother) Bill

 

 

Psalm 147

1Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

3He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

4He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.

5Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

6The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground.

7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.

8He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.

9He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

10His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;

11but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

20He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!

Job 36:1-23

36Elihu continued and said: 2“Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf. 3I will bring my knowledge from far away, and ascribe righteousness to my Maker. 4For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.

5“Surely God is mighty and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding. 6He does not keep the wicked alive, but gives the afflicted their right. 7He does not withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne he sets them forever, and they are exalted. 8And if they are bound in fetters and caught in the cords of affliction, 9then he declares to them their work and their transgressions, that they are behaving arrogantly. 10He opens their ears to instruction, and commands that they return from iniquity. 11If they listen, and serve him, they complete their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasantness. 12But if they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword, and die without knowledge. 13“The godless in heart cherish anger; they do not cry for help when he binds them. 14They die in their youth, and their life ends in shame.

15He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, and opens their ear by adversity. 16He also allured you out of distress into a broad place where there was no constraint, and what was set on your table was full of fatness. 17“But you are obsessed with the case of the wicked; judgment and justice seize you. 18Beware that wrath does not entice you into scoffing, and do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside. 19Will your cry avail to keep you from distress, or will all the force of your strength? 20Do not long for the night, when peoples are cut off in their place. 21Beware! Do not turn to iniquity; because of that you have been tried by affliction. 22See, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him? 23Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?

1 Corinthians 9:1-16

9Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

3This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4Do we not have the right to our food and drink? 5Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7Who at any time pays the expenses for doing military service? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not get any of its milk? 8Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law also say the same? 9For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10Or does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop. 11If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? 12If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is sacrificed on the altar? 14In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

15But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this so that they may be applied in my case. Indeed, I would rather die than that—no one will deprive me of my ground for boasting! 16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel!

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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