February 21, 2007

Captial Punishment

  • "We have to have courage, we can lead the way - I believe other states will think the death penalty is more trouble than it's worth and will repeal" -stated by Sen Gladden, proponent of the outlawing of capital punishment in Maryland, USA
  • The murders of dozens of Canadian women seems like more trouble to me than the putting down of people like Robert Pickton, the British Columbia man charged with the murders of 26 women (the Crowns states that he confessed to 49 murders to an uncover police officer).
  • One of the main reasons for human government is to take care of murders. "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed" (Gen. 9:6) "...But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he (governing authority) does not bear the sword for nothing." (Rom. 13:4)

February 17, 2007

Psalm 115 meets 2 Kings 19

I've been slowing working through Psalm 115 and finding Scriptures related to each of the things that the idols cannot do but the living God can do (speak, see, hear, smell, touch and walk) and last night I came across 2 Kings 19 as a record of God 'hearing'.

If Psalm 115 is the poetic version of "the living God is better than idols"
then 2 Kings 19 is a narrative version.

Psalm 115:4
"Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands."

2 Kings 19:18
"...they were not gods but the work of men's hands, wood and stone."

I almost caught my breath as I read at the end of the chapter that 185,000 Assyrians died and the king himself died as he was worshiping his idols, after the king reproached the living God. But I should not be surprised. He is the Creator, the living One.