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Eat, Drink and be Merry! (?)

Posted in BIBLE, RELIGION by Uncle Jaque on 04/23/2017

Shabbat, April 22, 2017:

Alas; I’ve missed a couple of my regular morning Scripture studies.

Attention span is about that of a gerbil… if that. I get distracted and away down a rabbit hole I scamper, tantalized by shiny objects or interesting postings on Facebook.

Well, this morning after posting about a fire call here in town, which blessedly did not amount to much, it occurred to me that before I got lost in perusing the latest news and You Tubes about prophecy, conspiracy theories and such I ought to open up “Bible Time” and see what the Lord has to say.

It opened up to the Second Chapter of the Book of Wisdom; you won’t find that in contemporary editions of the Protestant Bible, but the Deutercanonical Books or “Apocrypha” may still be found in the Roman Catholic Bible and in antique editions of Scripture, such as the Old Geneva or early KJV back from it’s introduction in 1611 up through the 18th and part of the 19th Century.

Even if you don’t accept these books as legitimate canon, they do make pretty interesting reading IMHO.

I hope all Bible Students get around to perusing them at some point, at least as relevant Biblical literature.

As I read the 2nd Chapter, I am reminded of how the “Lawless” / unbelievers tend to regard and treat People of the covenant, be they Jews or Christians. In this chapter in human history, I think that applies clearly to Islam… and essentially has for the past 1400 years or so, but is in no way exclusive to that tradition.

Think of the popular culture; the “Party People”, and most inhabitants of our institutions of “higher learning” – colleges and universities for example. The “Antifa” and similar militant leftist thugs who are raising so much hell lately might provide excellent examples of the “ungodly” described in this Chapter – a few excerpts of which include:

1. “ For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave.

(Bear in mind this was written prior to Yeshua Messiah – not that they would have believed him either)

2. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart:

(Did they know about the electrical element in cardiac functioning back then?)

3. Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air,

4. And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof.

5. For our time is a very shadow that passeth away; and after our end there is no returning: for it is fast sealed, so that no man cometh again.

6. Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth.

7. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us:

8. Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered:…”

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This reminds me of that old 1960s folk song “Today”. It’s a pretty ditty, and I rather liked it back in the day.

How many people do you know who subscribe to the “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you shall die” philosophy of life?

https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/luk/12/19/s_985019

Those who recognize no ultimate accountability to a supreme Creator deity are inclined to do whatever brings them pleasure as much as they can, as long as they think they can get away with it. Often they have little regard for the pain or suffering of others who get in their way or have to clean up the messes and repair the destruction they leave behind.

The predatory, narcissistic or sociopathic personality types, among others, seem to fit into that category.

If they want something you have, they will kill you for it without a twinge of guilt or remorse. If they were born with a sense of empathy, it got erased along with a moral conscience somewhere along the way.

Is it my imagination or is the population of these soul – berift Zombies metastasizing all around us?

Could this be another “sign of the times” warning us that the dispensation of Grace for the Human Race is quickly coming to an end and a day of eternal reckoning is drawing near?

We are living in interesting, but perilous times, when faith and personal integrity are being tested.

What is transpiring in the bloody Middle East may well arrive on our doorsteps any day now. It is already showing up in our streets and I don’t expect a major outbreak of peace this Summer.

Stay tuned, Beloved; and stay close to our blessed Shepherd and Savior Yeshua H’Moshiach (that’s “Jesus Christ” to normal people)!

Mara Natha!