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Thursday, May 07, 2020

Reagan And Blaire's Day At The Lake

Once the lakes were opened back up, our niece and her husband, Katie and Dustin, took their girls out on their boat for a boat ride. It was a beautiful day for it! I made this digital scrapbook page of their day at the lake.

Savannah Home School Time

Our grandniece, Savannah, is like all the other children... not in school and having to do her studies at home. Her grandmother took this photo of her doing her schoolwork and I had to do a digital scrapbook page of her doing her home schooling during the pandemic.

Dante's Inferno

Dante Alighieri's Inferno is the first of a 3 part 14th-century epic poem called the Divine Comedy. It was called a comedy but it wasn't funny. That was a term they used. It is followed by Purgatorio (Purgatory) and Paradiso (Paradise). The Inferno tells the journey of of the Catholic Dante through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth.

Virgil proceeds to guide Dante through the nine circles of Hell. The circles are concentric, representing a gradual increase in wickedness, and culminating at the centre of the earth, where Satan is held in bondage in Cocytus, a frozen lake. Inferno opens on the evening of Good Friday in the year 1300. Dante Alighieri has lost his path and now wanders. The ghost of Virgil, the great Roman poet, has come to guide Dante. Traveling down the circles of Hell, eventually, the poets reach the Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, and travel from there out of Hell and back onto Earth. They emerge from Hell on Easter morning, just before sunrise. An appropriate symbolism.

In January 1302 Dante was called to appear before the new Florentine government and, failing to do so, was condemned, along with three other former priors, for crimes he had not committed. Again failing to appear, Dante and 14 other Whites (a political party) were condemned to be burned to death. Dante suffered the most decisive crisis of his life. He was exiled as his country, Italy, was in chaos. He had to shift about, living with wealthy patrons, while he wrote until he died. In his comedy, he mentioned many names that would have been well known at the time in the political and religious world in Italy as well as famous mythological creatures which any educated person back then would have been familiar with.

The visit to Hell is, as Virgil explains, a painful, but necessary, act before real recovery can begin. The Holy Spirit proves to each individual the sin, righteousness, and judgement of the world.

John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment

In order for us to come to repentance, we must realize we are sinners ,and sin, when judged, leads to eternal damnation in Hell and the Lake of Fire. If we don't know we are sinners and judgment is coming, then we don't know to look for our Savior, Jesus Christ. So Virgil is showing Dante that sin brings righteous judgment. So he makes the punishments in the circles of hell, commensurate with the sin. The worse the sins, the farther from God and the closer to satan.

The condemnations chosen by Dante follow a very precise rule, which the poet draws from the Bible and from medieval jurisprudence: it is the so-called contrapasso law. Contrepasso means retaliation or suffer the opposite. In Dante's mind, God's justice requires the punishment be suited both to the type of sin and to the severity of the sin.

There are two types of contrapasso:
Contrapasso by analogy: penalty is similar to the sin

Contrapasso by contrast: the penalty consists of the inverse of the characteristics of sin

In Canto 5, the sinners punished here were the lustful who were swept along by their feelings and desires as though by strong winds. They lose their reason due to their lust so they are punished by literally being blown here and there by strong winds.

And now I can hear the notes of agony

In sad crescendo beginning to reach my ear;
Now I am where the noise of lamentation
Comes at me in blasts of sorrow. I am where

All light is mute, with a bellowing like the ocean
Turbulent in a storm of warring winds,
The hurricane of Hell in perpetual motion

Sweeping the ravaged spirits as it rends,
Twists, and torments them. Driven as if to land,
They reach the ruin: groaning, tears, laments,

And cursing of the power of Heaven. I learned
They suffer here who sinned in carnal things-
Their reason mastered by desire, suborned.

As winter starlings riding on their wings
Form crowded flocks, so spirits dip and veer
Foundering in the wind's rough buffetings,

Upward or downward, driven here and there
With never ease from pain nor hope of rest.
As chanting cranes will form a line in air,

So I saw souls come uttering cries-wind-tossed,
And lofted by the storm...

Once we know we are sinners and we know the penalty of sin is righteous judgment, then the Holy Spirit shows us The Way to salvation in Jesus Christ. This is where Dante goes from the center of Hell out to the other side and begins to go through Purgatory and finally Paradise in his poem. It is the righteousness of Christ who paid for our sins so that we don't have to suffer the eternal torment for our sins in Hell. He bought and paid for our salvation with His own Blood. As sinners, we cannot pay the price to save ourselves. It was an impossibility. We are born with a sin nature and we sin, therefore we could not purchase our salvation. Jesus Christ came as a man but also as a sinless man. He was a human on Mary's side and God's Son, thus deity, on God's side. No one, since the Fall of Adam and Eve into sin, had been born sinless until Jesus. Jesus was fully human but fully God. He was sent with a mission, a job to complete. To save the human race. He voluntarily took the job and was obedient and sinless even to His death. Therefore His precious, sinless blood paid the price for sin and He redeemed us from judgment and Hell. And it is a free gift to accept our salvation and eternal life in Heaven. The gift is offered to every single human being no matter what sins you have committed. The only unforgivable sin is to reject the work of the Holy Spirit and refuse Jesus Christ as your Savior. God loved us so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, to save us and all we have to do is accept the gift! We must go through conviction (realizing we are sinners), repentance (realizing we are under judgment and will suffer for our sins for eternity if we don't accept Jesus) receving Christ's forgiveness and acceptance by asking Jesus to be the Lord of our life.

Romans 3:10-26 (Living Bible) 10 As the Scriptures say,
“No one is good—no one in all the world is innocent.”
11 No one has ever really followed God’s paths or even truly wanted to.
12 Every one has turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right; not one.
13 Their talk is foul and filthy like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are loaded with lies. Everything they say has in it the sting and poison of deadly snakes.
14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
15 They are quick to kill, hating anyone who disagrees with them.
16 Wherever they go they leave misery and trouble behind them, 17 and they have never known what it is to feel secure or enjoy God’s blessing.
18 They care nothing about God nor what he thinks of them.
19 So the judgment of God lies very heavily upon the Jews, for they are responsible to keep God’s laws instead of doing all these evil things; not one of them has any excuse; in fact, all the world stands hushed and guilty before Almighty God.
20 Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God’s laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying them; his laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners.
21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. 23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; 24 yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.
25 For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when Christ would come and take away those sins. 26 And now in these days also he can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Proverbs 10:27-32

Proverbs 10:27-32 (NKJV) 27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

Proverbs 10:27-32 (NIV) 27 The fear of the Lord adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The prospect of the righteous is joy,
but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless,
but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
30 The righteous will never be uprooted,
but the wicked will not remain in the land.
31 From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom,
but a perverse tongue will be silenced.
32 The lips of the righteous know what finds favor,
but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.

Proverbs 10:27-32 (NLT) 27 Fear of the LORD lengthens one’s life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
28 The hopes of the godly result in happiness,
but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.
29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity,
but it destroys the wicked.
30 The godly will never be disturbed,
but the wicked will be removed from the land.
31 The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice,
but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.
32 The lips of the godly speak helpful words,
but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.

Comparison and Contrast:
Righteous

  • fear of the Lord prolongeth days; adds length to life; lengthens one's life
  • hope shall be gladness; prospect is joy; hopes result in happiness
  • the way of the Lord is strength; their way is a refuge for the blameless; the way of the Lord is a stronghold to those with integrity
  • never removed; never uprooted; never disturbed
  • mouth brings forth wisdom; mouth bring fruit of wisdom; gives wise advice
  • lips know what is acceptable; lips know what finds favor; speak helpful words


Wicked

  • shortened years; years are cut short; years are cut short
  • expectation shall perish, hopes come to nothing; expectations come to nothing
  • destruction; their way lead to ruin; fear of the Lord destroys the wicked
  • shall not inhabit the earth; will not remain in the land; removed from the land
  • froward tongue cut out; perverse tongue cut out; tongue that deceives will be cut off
  • speaks frowardness; speaks only what is perverse; speaks perverse words

David wrote this when he was betrayed by a friend:
Psalm 55:18-23 (BSB) 18 He redeems my soul in peace
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
19 God will hear and humiliate them—
the One enthroned for the ages—

Selah (Pause and think about it)

because they do not change
and they have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends;
he violates his covenant.
21 His speech is smooth as butter,
but war is in his heart.
His words are softer than oil,
yet they are swords unsheathed.
22 Cast your burden upon the LORD
and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken.
23 But You, O God, will bring them down
to the Pit of destruction;
men of bloodshed and deceit
will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You.

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 84:5-7 (NLT) 5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7 They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

Psalm 17:1-7,16-18,20,27-29 (NLT)  1 Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the LORD,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes...
16 It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the LORD takes care of the godly.
18 Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever...
20 But the wicked will die.
The LORD’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.

Romans 12:11-12 11 Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.

Remember, wisdom is godly wisdom. It begins and ends with God. All true wisdom comes from Him for He is wisdom. Father, Son and Holy Ghost are wisdom. The fear of the Lord is a reverent love and adoration of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The first verse today says, "the fear of the Lord adds length to life". Does this mean Christians live longer than others?

We all were designed and created by God. And God knows the length of our days. When it is our time, He calls us. That may be at 1 day old or 99 years old, but all of us have a limited time on this earth. God alone is in control of the minute we are born and the minute we die. If we try to take control of these two things then we are trying to play God and we don't have the physical, mental or spiritual capacity to be God.

But there is still truth to these proverbs because God's people, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, will live in eternity with God. But the wicked, the godless, the unsaved who have rejected Jesus Christ, will spend their eternity in judgment in hell and the Lake of Fire. Our inheritance is everything God offers us and we will live in eternal bliss. Our lives on this earth are limited and a very small blip of time compared to eternity. Our prospect is eternal joy! Our God is our refuge and strong tower. We shall not be removed. He establishes our eternal home and we are protected by Him forever!!

The wicked may prosper for a short time, but they will reap what they sow (ruin, destruction) unless they turn and repent and accept Jesus Christ. For those who refuse the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, their end is judgment in eternal flames. They may hope to escape judgment by doing something good to "pay their way", but their hope comes to nothing. We cannot save ourselves. Nothing we do can ever pay our way into Heaven. We can only be saved through Jesus Christ. We have to do it God's Way or we won't make it. People try all different kinds of ways to get into Heaven but unless it's through Jesus Christ, their hope comes to nothing and they suffer judgment. They may try to buy a stained glass window for a church; they may try to build homes for disabled veterans; they may give donations to the homeless... but none of that washes them of their sins. It only whitewashes their heart. Only Jesus can forgive and cleanse. Only the righteousness of Jesus Christ earns us acceptance into the family of God and gives us an inheritance of eternal life.


  • Are you one of the righteous, saved by Jesus Christ? Take a moment and praise and worship Him who has saved you! Thank Him for the inheritance you have that can never be taken away and the joy that is coming!
  • Are you one of the wicked, the unsaved? Have you come to the recognition that you cannot save yourself and you need a Savior? Now is the time to repent and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you and come into your heart. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven except the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior. Humble yourself before Him and ask Him to forgive you and be the Lord of your life.
  • Do you have joy in the hope of your eternal life? If not, ask Jesus to come into your heart. If you do, praise God for His saving grace!

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