Colossal waste

I like watching the Food Network.  Mostly, I like watching competition, it’s just that now I like watching a competition that has to do with food.  I like food in general and I really love cooking myself, although I don’t have the time to do as much I would like to do.  I like watching Chopped and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and a lot of other shows (I don’t like watching some of the stuff Andrew Zimmerman eats).  I love cooking above all and I like competition.

But, it amazes me how much food they waste.  During the time leading up to Christmas the message from the network was child hunger.  I am watching show after show of expensive food items being cooked for people, who are then judged about their technique and presentation and blah, blah, blah…  I enjoy these shows but they just sound so pretentious and out of touch.  This world, centered around a profession that generally works eighteen hour days, seven days a week, and really take some time before they get anywhere.

Isn’t that what television is about?  Isn’t that what we have become as a country?  One big colossal waste after another?  Wasteful

government spending here, excessive college tuitions costs, entirely completely wasteful.  I throw away far too much food and spend entirely too much money on food.  Sometimes I feel guilty about how much I dump in the trash but it is not often enough.  And I watch a television network that tells me that 20% of America’s children go hungry (which cannot be entirely true since I never see malnourished children even in the streets of Boston) while they throw away so much food.

I don’t know what to do with how I feel about all this.  Right, now I feel like a hypocrite more than anything and someone who far too often takes for granted what this country has to offer.

Why can’t I keep it straight

Dear Jesus,

I have read bible and the lives of those who you called on to save Israel or reign as kings.  David had many wives, committed adultery and murdered the husband thinking he could hide his sin.  Solomon had a thousand wives and three hundred concubines.  Gideon, Samson, and others who did a lot of acts to cause Israel to return to God had multiple wives.  All had multiple wives.

And then the New Testament dispensation began.  It was now exposed as a sin to desire more than one woman.  It has been wrong all along but now it was out in the open when You taught about it when You were here.  It was intended all along for one man to have one woman, since the garden before the fall.  And we screwed it up.  And now I am screwing up.

I don’t understand why I cannot be delivered.  I hear about so many other people who have been delivered from sinful habits.  One is delivered from alcohol, another from drugs, another from smoking cigarettes, another from bad dreams that caused problems when awake, I don’t know I cannot overcome what plagues me, what has plagued me since my childhood.  Will You one day please take away what causes me to stumble and fall?

Grieved,

Mike

January 24, 2015

When people consider the passion of the cross and the days that led up to Jesus’ being nailed to that tree, they usually focus on the whipping, the beating, the mocking, the kangaroo court, the betrayal, the abandonment of His friends, the humiliating march through the streets, the taunting of the crowd, and finally the nailing to the cross.  Then the cross is plunked into a hole and He hung there, taking all the wrath of His Father, dying on the cross, stabbed in the side with a spear, placed in a cave, locked in and then He rose from the grave, giving us victory over death.

And the crown of thorns on His head.  I remember a sermon when I was a very young.  A preacher actually a replica of a crown of thorns and the thorns on vines were about two or three inches long.  And they were jutting out in different directions.  Not much is said except that it was forced onto His head because He claimed to be the King of the Jews, the Promised Messiah.  I have not heard anyone explain the significance of the thorns.  Why not a crown of twisted metal with spikes, like barbed wire?

The significance of the thorns is that they were part of the curse.  They were part of the consequences of Adam’s sin,

Genesis 3: 17-18:

17 And to Adam he said,“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,
    ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you;
    in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
    and you shall eat the plants of the field.

The thorns were part of the curse that had to be a part of our redemption.  Jesus had to have the thorns placed on His head.  Our sin is our curse and Jesus took on all of our sin.  The crown of thorns was a symbol of the sin He was nailed to the tree to redeem.  The crown of thorns was not just a mockery of His claim to be the Heir to David’s throne.  It is a reminder of how our sin had cursed the earth which was also was redeemed when He was crucified.  He is our Redeemer and King, and He wore that crown of thorns for His glory to come and His glory to share with us.