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Hard Things

There are passages in the Bible that are difficult to defend. Psalm 137:9 is one of those verses. The text reads, "How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashed your little ones against the rock." What a horrible picture of the cruelties of war!

The following considerations are simply presented as 'food for thought': (1) if the Bible were simply a work of man, why would one ever include this text?! (2) the verse doesn't say 'one SHOULD behave' this way rather that there is coming a predicted day of reckoning for Babylon, (3) it's pretty likely that some will one day look back and also question the writer's motives in songs like "Straight Outta Compton" by NWA and other lyrics which express deep emotion and anger which are being produced in our generation, (4) the previous verse (v. 8) communicates a desire for repayment and recompense. War is ugly, pain-filled and brutal.

Today, the motive that should move us toward our enemies is expressed in Romans 12:17–19, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil...do what is right in the eyes of everyone...live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge...leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”

While Scripture contains hard things to understand, my limited intellect and flawed understanding does not affect the truth or perfect reasoning contained in God's Word. Jesus life, death and resurrection is all the proof needed to trust His revelation!

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Mama Bears

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While growing up on the farm, my dad would regularly remind me to be cautious in approaching any animal that has young. Whether the mom was a cow, a dog, a pig, a raccoon, a sheep, or almost any other animal - they could be unpredictable when caring for their babies. These mama's, in protecting their young, could cause you significant harm. Today in Proverbs 17:12, the writer writes, "Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly." (Proverbs 17:12-13)

Meeting a mama bear robbed of her cubs is not a pleasant experience! Few people ever speak of this sort of experience because ... they rarely live to tell about it! A 'fool in his folly' can have the same kind of impact on circumstances and relationships ... destructive. Fools are unwise, unrighteousness, unreliable, unteachable, and more.

Those most needing to clearly discern who is and is not a fool are those looking for a mate, employers and church leaders. Being linked to a fool in any capacity is dangerous! The appropriate approach to a fool is either avoidance, distance or to become one yourself. Only two of the previous options are wise. (And while we are often willing to endure a fool, it's curious that people actually try to protect themselves from bear attacks by posting warning signs, arming themselves and using powerful pepper spray!)

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