Ecclesiastes 7:1 says: “A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth.”
The Dictionary of Mythology explains that she was also a fertility goddess. Some Easter customs are connected with this. For example, eggs “have been prominent as symbols of new life and resurrection,” says the Encyclopædia Britannica. Also, rabbits have long been used as symbols of fertility in pagan worship. It is clear that Easter is not related to the resurrection of Jesus. [excerpted: Do All Celebrations Please God, Remain in God’s Love book]
3/31/18 @ 7:43 a.m.
And a P.S. it’s not always easy observing/living/speaking truth… and because of this… at times, it’s not easy being an object of hatred, looking on the hopeful/bright-side:)… am not hanging from a stake nor my hands nailed to it… (yet). I don’t fear death, fear what my life could be by not living the truth. If truth brings consequence… lies are worse; that’s for sure.
Greetings Readers:) aka “Hey, how are things going??” Busy day, eh? Especially, Wednesdays… every day— my primary objective is living the “Truth” (Spiritual/Biblical Values, etc) and helping my family/friends (aka fellow-fragile-life that I know more closely and are a direct part of my life; you know– those who know me better or like/love me (despite being familiar with me and my quirkiness, my talkativeness, my imperfections/limitations, etc.) and continue to put up with or tolerate me, and helping my community any way i can (mostly i care about spirituality/spiritual health/needs of said community)…working out of my comfort zone mostly and finding-a-comfort-zone ?
Okay, this past Sunday my family/friends and i heard an “accurate” bible-based talk: “Who REALLY IS Jesus Christ?” An important/complicated question for consideration…in particular to some of us this time of year. Excellent talk helping make the distinction between knowing the man and knowing the messiah. (my intention was to transcribe my scribble notes… too tired, and too grieved, and wiping away tears to concentrate too much on that task.)
Christendom’s popular iconic images/ideas of “Christ” portray him as a “baby” (in a manger) or as (a “criminal”) crucified on a “cross”…
Although many believe that Jesus was crucified—executed on a cross—the Bible reports: “His own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” (1 Peter 2:24, King James Version) Bible writers used two Greek words to refer to the instrument of Jesus’ execution—stau·rosʹ and xyʹlon. Many scholars have concluded that these words refer to a beam or an upright stake made of one piece of wood.
On the night of the annual Jewish Passover, Jesus instituted a simple procedure with his followers and commanded them: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24) Hours later, Jesus was put to death.
Bible writers compared Jesus to the lamb sacrificed at the Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:7) Just as the Passover celebration reminded the Israelites that they had been freed from slavery, so the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death reminds Christians that they have been freed from sin and death. The Passover, held on Nisan 14 according to the lunar calendar, was a yearly celebration; the early Christians likewise observed the Memorial once each year.
Despite having a perfect mind and body, Adam disobeyed God because he selfishly desired something that did not belong to him. (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6) Later, God’s chief enemy, Satan, suggested that no human would unselfishly obey God, especially if his life were on the line. (Job 2:4) Yet, the perfect man Jesus obeyed God and remained loyal to him, even undergoing a disgraceful and painful death. (Hebrews 7:26) This completely settled the matter: A human can remain faithful to God under whatever test or trial may be brought upon him. [excerpted article: Why Did Jesus Die?]
OF COURSE, Babies grow UP…right?
“The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) When you remember Jesus Christ, consider what he is doing now. Jesus is ruling as a heavenly King. God’s Word prophesied regarding Jesus: “With righteousness he must judge the lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:14) Those appealing qualities belong, not to a newborn baby, but to a mighty Ruler. [excerpted article: Remembering Jesus]
Just discovered this new (well, new to me) little kids’ show…(while sitting at Dentist’s office/waiting area this morning w/daughter)…have always loved the Muppets as kid and adult..”Kermie” is my favorite… and Miss Piggie 2nd. Ironically, am much more into Muppets than my kids..um, teens;) and probably will ever be. (Yes, she/me is an oddly odd older one and Note to self, get over the basic alliteration, bones, already!)
Fun waiting at the dentist today..fun, jokey small talk with assistant and Doc… don’t know what our dentist quite thinks… me asking IF he dreams of teeth and whether he played dentist or with play-dough teeth as a little boy.
Just trying to keep it light and fun… and laughey before the dreaded needle… was today’s “missing” laughing gas..which they do not utilize at this location… this causes my daughter to incrementally, face and be exposed to her strong dislike/at one time intense fear/hatred of needles.
Okay, this is Joanie’s show n tell time… aka intriguing answers to Bible questions obscure or otherwise encountered through the years… (my daughter informs me today that other cultures don’t have small talk and that my friendliness would be considered RUDE!! She’s correct… oh god, another know-it-all teen??… just joking, she’s not like that (too) much… You can reason and converse with her about deep stuff and she actually listens!!:))
Enough small ramblings… and Yes, obviously, by 49 I have matured and don’t regularly feed my mind on “Muppets”..and have accepted since childhood they are not real creatures..Duh, though they teach lessons. But some lessons/tough topics require adults communicating directly to their kids. What happens to kids IF we parents abdicate our teaching role or neglect it…
Following the incident regarding Noah’s drunkenness, Canaan came under Noah’s prophetic curse foretelling that Canaan would become the slave of both Shem and Japheth. (Ge 9:20-27) Since the record mentions only that “Ham the father of Canaan saw his father’s nakedness and went telling it to his two brothers outside,” the question arises as to why Canaan rather than Ham became the object of the curse. Commenting on Genesis 9:24, which states that when Noah awoke from his wine he “got to know what his youngest son had done to him,” a footnote in Rotherham’s translation says: “Undoubtedly Canaan, and not Ham: Shem and Japheth, for their piety, are blessed; Canaan, for some unnamed baseness, is cursed; Ham, for his neglect, is neglected.” Similarly, a Jewish publication, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, suggests that the brief narrative “refers to some abominable deed in which Canaan seems to have been implicated.” (Edited by J. H. Hertz, London, 1972, p. 34) And, after noting that the Hebrew word translated “son” in verse 24 may mean “grandson,” this source states: “The reference is evidently to Canaan.” The Soncino Chumash also points out that some believe Canaan “indulged a perverted lust upon [Noah],” and that the expression “youngest son” refers to Canaan, who was the youngest son of Ham.—Edited by A. Cohen, London, 1956, p. 47.
The prophetic element of the curse must also be considered. There is no evidence to indicate that Canaan himself became the slave of Shem or Japheth during his lifetime. But, God’s foreknowledge was at work, and since the curse expressed by Noah was divinely inspired, and since God’s disfavor is not expressed without just cause, it is likely that Canaan had already manifested a definitely corrupt trait, perhaps of a lustful nature, and that God foresaw the bad results in which this characteristic would eventually culminate among Canaan’s descendants. In the earlier case of Cain, Jehovah had noted a wrong heart attitude and had warned Cain of the danger of being overcome by sin (Ge 4:3-7); God also had discerned the unreformable bent toward wickedness on the part of the majority of the pre-Flood population, making their destruction warranted. (Ge 6:5) The most obvious evidence of the justness of the curse placed on Canaan is thus seen in the later history of his descendants, for they built up a particularly sordid record of immorality and depravity, as both Biblical and secular history testify. The curse on Canaan saw its fulfillment some eight centuries after its pronouncement, when Canaan’s descendants were subjugated by the Semitic Israelites, later coming under the domination of the Japhetic powers of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. [reference: “Canaan” Insight Vol. 1]
further excerpted past readings…”Canaan” Insight Vol. 1
The justness of God’s prophetic curse on Canaan found full confirmation in the conditions that had developed in Canaan by the time of the Israelite conquest. Jehovah had allowed 400 years from Abraham’s time for the ‘error of the Amorites to come to completion.’ (Ge 15:16) The fact that Esau’s Hittite wives were “a source of bitterness of spirit to Isaac and Rebekah” to the extent that Rebekah had ‘come to abhor her life because of them’ is certainly an indication of the badness already manifest among the Canaanites. (Ge 26:34, 35; 27:46) During the centuries that followed, the land of Canaan became saturated with detestable practices of idolatry, immorality, and bloodshed. The Canaanite religion was extraordinarily base and degraded, their “sacred poles” evidently being phallic symbols, and many of the rites at their “high places” involving gross sexual excesses and depravity. (Ex 23:24; 34:12, 13; Nu 33:52; De 7:5) Incest, sodomy, and bestiality were part of ‘the way of the land of Canaan’ that made the land unclean and for which error it was due to “vomit its inhabitants out.” (Le 18:2-25) Magic, spellbinding, spiritism, and sacrifice of their children by fire were also among the Canaanites’ detestable practices.—De 18:9-12.
Baal was the most prominent of the deities worshiped by the Canaanites. (Jg 2:12, 13; compare Jg 6:25-32; 1Ki 16:30-32.) The Canaanite goddesses Ashtoreth (Jg 2:13; 10:6; 1Sa 7:3, 4), Asherah, and Anath are presented in an Egyptian text as both mother-goddesses and as sacred prostitutes who, paradoxically, remain ever-virgin (literally, “the great goddesses who conceive but do not bear”). Their worship apparently was invariably involved with the services of temple prostitutes. These goddesses symbolized the quality not only of sexual lust but also of sadistic violence and warfare. Thus, the goddess Anath is depicted in the Baal Epic from Ugarit as effecting a general slaughter of men and then decorating herself with suspended heads and attaching men’s hands to her girdle while she joyfully wades in their blood. The figurines of the goddess Ashtoreth that have been discovered in Palestine are of a nude woman with rudely exaggerated sex organs. Of their phallic worship, archaeologist W. F. Albright observes that: “At its worst, . . . the erotic aspect of their cult must have sunk to extremely sordid depths of social degradation.”—Archaeology and the Religion of Israel, 1968, pp. 76, 77;[…].
Added to their other degrading practices was that of child sacrifice. According to Merrill F. Unger: “Excavations in Palestine have uncovered piles of ashes and remains of infant skeletons in cemeteries around heathen altars, pointing to the widespread practice of this cruel abomination.” (Archaeology and the Old Testament, 1964, p. 279) Halley’s Bible Handbook (1964, p. 161) says: “Canaanites worshipped, by immoral indulgence, as a religious rite, in the presence of their gods; and then, by murdering their first-born children, as a sacrifice to these same gods. It seems that, in large measure, the land of Canaan had become a sort of Sodom and Gomorrah on a national scale. . . . Did a civilization of such abominable filth and brutality have any right longer to exist? . . . Archaeologists who dig in the ruins of Canaanite cities wonder that God did not destroy them sooner than he did.”—PICTURE, Vol. 1, p. 739.
Ham was the father of four sons, Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. (Ge 10:6; 1Ch 1:8) The Ethiopians, Egyptians, some Arabian and African tribes, and the Canaanites descended from these sons. While it is claimed that some of the Hamitic tribes and nations listed in Genesis chapter 10 spoke a Semitic language, this does not weigh against their being of Hamitic descent or their having originally spoken a Hamitic tongue. Many peoples adopted the language of their conquerors, of other peoples with whom they associated, or of the land to which they migrated.
Ham married before the Flood. Along with his wife, his father and mother, and his two brothers and their wives, he survived the Flood. (Ge 6:18; 7:13; 8:15, 16, 18; 1Pe 3:19, 20) Ham’s sons were born after the Flood.
Sometime later he became involved in an incident that brought a curse on his son Canaan. Noah had become intoxicated with wine and had uncovered himself in his tent. Ham saw his father’s nakedness, and instead of showing the proper respect for Noah, the family head and the servant and prophet whom God had made an instrument in the preservation of the human race, Ham told his two brothers of his discovery. Shem and Japheth exhibited the proper respect by walking backwards with a mantle to cover Noah so that they would not bring reproach by looking on their father’s nakedness. Noah, on awakening, uttered a curse, not on Ham, but on Ham’s son Canaan. In the accompanying blessing of Shem, which included a blessing for Japheth, Ham was passed over and ignored; only Canaan was mentioned as cursed and was prophetically foretold to become a slave to Shem and Japheth.—Ge 9:20-27.
It is possible that Canaan himself had been involved directly in the incident and that his father Ham had failed to correct him. Or Noah, speaking prophetically by inspiration, foresaw that the bad tendency in Ham, perhaps already manifest in his son Canaan, would be inherited by Canaan’s offspring. The curse was partly fulfilled when the Semitic Israelites subjugated the Canaanites. Those who were not destroyed (for example, the Gibeonites [Jos 9]) were made slaves to Israel. Centuries later, the curse was further fulfilled when descendants of Ham’s son Canaan came under the domination of the Japhetic world powers of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome.
Some persons have incorrectly held that the black race and enslavement of members of that race resulted from the curse pronounced upon Canaan. On the contrary, the descendants of Canaan, the cursed one, were not of the black race. The black race descended from Cush and possibly from Put, other sons of Ham who were not involved in the incident or the curse. [excerpted: “Ham” Insight on Scriptures, Vol. 1]
4. Did not the Canaanites’ destruction conflict with God’s love? On the surface, God’s exterminating the Canaanites might seem inconsistent with his love. (1 John 4:8) However, that love becomes quite apparent when we take a closer look.
God knew long beforehand that Canaan’s inhabitants were headed in the wrong direction. Yet, instead of immediately wiping them out, he patiently allowed 400 years to pass until their error had “come to completion.”—Genesis 15:16.
When the sin of the Canaanites reached the point where all hope of improvement was gone, Jehovah brought their end. Even so, he did not blindly execute all Canaanites. Why? Because not all were beyond reform. Those willing to change, such as Rahab and the Gibeonites, were shown mercy.—Joshua 9:3-11, 16-27; Hebrews 11:31.
5. How could a God of love destroy any humans? That question is understandable, for the destruction of human life is not pleasant to contemplate. Really, though, it was God’s love that impelled him to take such drastic measures against the wicked. To illustrate: When a patient develops gangrene, doctors often have little choice but to amputate the infected limb. Few would enjoy performing such a procedure, but a good doctor knows that the alternative—the spread of infection—is worse. Because he cares, he carries out this unpleasant task for the good of his patient.
Similarly, Jehovah did not enjoy destroying the Canaanites. He himself says: “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked.” (Ezekiel 33:11, Darby) At the same time, he purposed for the nation of Israel to produce the Messiah, the one who would open the way to salvation for all those exercising faith. (John 3:16) Thus, God simply could not allow Israel to become infected by the disgusting practices of the Canaanites. He therefore ordered the Canaanites to be cut off, or evicted, from the land. In so doing, God demonstrated outstanding love—love that moved him to perform an unpleasant task for the benefit of his faithful worshippers.
Value for Us
Does the record of the Canaanites’ destruction have value for us today? Yes, for Romans 15:4 states: “All the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.” How does what happened in Canaan instruct us and give us hope?
These accounts teach us much. For example, God mercifully spared Rahab and the Gibeonites when they turned to him in faith. This reminds us that anyone who truly wants to please God can do so, regardless of his background or past sins.—Acts 17:30.
Accounts of the destruction in Canaan also give us hope by providing us with a preview of what God will do in the near future. They assure us that he will not allow evil to snuff out good completely. Rather, the Bible affirms that he will soon act to destroy all wicked ones, whereas he will deliver those who love him into a righteous new world. (2 Peter 2:9; Revelation 21:3, 4) At that time, these comforting words will be fulfilled: “Hope in Jehovah and keep his way, and he will exalt you to take possession of the earth. When the wicked ones are cut off, you will see it.”—Psalm 37:34. [Why Did God Wage War Against the Canaanites? w 2010]
Tough readings? Who of us enJOY needles, painful dental work or going to the dentist generally speaking?! (NOT ME!)…or the thought of gangrene or amputation??…or destruction/death of any people, fellow-fragile-life??…but truly LOVING/HONEST/COURAGEOUS Docs…don’t keep uncomfortable/difficult diagnoses or treatments from patients!!…IF they are “legit” docs!!..they tell the hard TRUTH (put their own opinions/discomfort/feelings aside)…even when/IF patient is terminally ill and they do HOPEFULLY talk openly about pain management…etc.
And You don’t have to be a brilliant/caring doctor to recognize the wisdom…or necessary life-lessons taught by negative outcomes…results/patterns popping up in history or modern-story…unhealthy pathways/behaviors…leading to much suffering, misery, and death!:(
Anyway Reader🙂 please keep choosing real Life, real Love…and “real” Freedom…aka LIVING TRUTH…and not cowardly/arrogantly running away from it! Not all aspects of Truth are pleasant, eh? (or easily digestible;)
Muppets can be fun (distraction?) pain management, huh? Laughter is good medicine…helps with the spiritual mind-food!:) Popcorn…fun snack.
It’s a damaging/misleading lie…That God doesn’t love us (breathing-beautiful-fragile-life) “individually”… in other words… God is an impersonal force and that individually we don’t mean anything to God personally or are unworthy of His love, care, protection, education, or intervention… or that we are worthless/expendable/replaceable as individuals… unlovable/meaningless as individuals… so, this demonic-lie devalues/degrades/dismisses humanity, the individual–one and all!:(
However:) Bible is full of accounts of “individuals” who God took notice/note of and those who actually had a close/personal relationship/friendship with Yahweh (Hebrew) Jehovah (English). What we do as “individuals” matters/counts! We are account-abel. (Good thing the Divine accountant is benevolent and forgiving.)
“All hearts Jehovah is searching, and every inclination of the thoughts he is discerning.” (1 Chronicles 28:9) As God searches through billions of human hearts in this violent, hate-filled world, how delighted he must be when he comes upon a heart that loves peace, truth, and righteousness!(excerpted reading: “Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love” Chapter 24, Draw Close to God)
What does it mean to have an agreeable heart?
3/29/18 @ 1:29 a.m.