Morning Reflection & Readings: (Is 5:7-16; Gen 4:8-15; & Prov 5:1-15) - “We are our Brothers Keeper”
Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.
Today's video was 22:25 seconds long so I translated that number into my blue letter Bible app- The Greek word for today: †ζωογονέω zōogonéō, dzo-og-on-eh'-o; from the same as G2226 and a derivative of G1096; to engender alive, i.e. (by analogy) to rescue (passively, be saved) from death:—live, preserve.
"The Lord can also communicate with us using numbers always listen 👂 to God's voice."
“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will PRESERVE it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
For righteousness, but behold, [a]a cry for help.
Impending Judgment on Excesses
8 Woe to those who [b]join house to house;
They add field to field,
Till there is no place
Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
9 In my hearing the Lord of hosts said,
“Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,[c]
And a homer of seed shall yield one [d]ephah.”
11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning,
That they may [e]follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them!
12 The harp and the strings,
The tambourine and flute,
And wine are in their feasts;
But they do not regard the work of the Lord,
Nor consider the operation of His hands.
13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself
And opened its mouth beyond measure;
Their glory and their multitude and their pomp,
And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.
15 People shall be brought down,
Each man shall be humbled,
And the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
And God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.
The prophet Isaiah in vv.8-25 is describing sins: greed v. 8; love of pleasure, v. 11; indifference to God - v. 12; intentional evil acts - v. 18; mocking God - v. 19; perversion of truth - (v. 20); vanity and conceit - v. 21; dishonesty - v. 23; and finally
, rejecting God's law and despising His Word - v. 24. Yes we read to only v. 16 but encourage all to read further up until v. 30, because all of these verses describe historical consequences of the sins that are laid out. America has become a nation where what is bad is now good and what is good is now bad.
8 Now Cain [a]talked with Abel his [b]brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”
He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”
13 And Cain said to the Lord, “My [c]punishment isgreater than I can bear! 14 Surely You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
15 And the Lord said to him, [d]“Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.
The Family of Cain
16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lordand dwelt in the land of [e]Nod on the east of Eden.The Family of Cain
Cain refused to deal with and take ahold of his sinful passions through repentance, and his anger led to hate and eventually murder of his brother Abel. Cain used guilt and pity as excuses, and even rejected the notion of being his brother's keeper and responsible for his welfare. Cain's rejection meant he did not believe in the grace of God, and Cain allowed his sinful passions to blind his heart.
"NOD" in v. 16 means "ONE WHO WANDERS AWAY FROM GOD." This was Cain's state.
Proverbs 5:1-15 read from my Orthodox study Bible
Fornication of marriage, and the Perils of Sex outside of Marriage- see my video for readings and discussions.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’
In Christ love Jared W Campbell