God who gave us life gave us liberty

Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President and drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence, understood as well as anybody the critical need in society for God and His laws to always have standing; status in society, a position and good reputation among humanity from which rights and duties of citizens may be affirmed and guided.     He avowed , “God who gave us life gave us liberty.”  He further questioned,  “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their  only  firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the Gift of God?  That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever…”   [1]  If that was Jefferson’s thought in the early 1800’s, he lived from 1743 to 1826, then imagine his reaction if he could observe us today.  He did not say, “I  would  tremble,” he said “I tremble,” implying that he could see the current

Woe Unto the Wise

“Woe unto the wise in their own eyes  and prudent in their own sight.” [1]   Nailed it! Because a “woe,” a warning of condemnation in this life, is being pronounced here, it is clear that Jehovah is not commending but condemning those who think they are full of wisdom. In addressing those who are excessively proud, vain and full of conceit who consider themselves wise, clever or knowledgeable, Isaiah makes their inability to notice that, next to Jehovah they know nothing, the focal point of his thought. These are they who use their skill to gain acclaim or convert others to their opinion. In a much kinder, gentler way, by just saying “woe,” Isaiah points out to these people that they’re in deep trouble if they don’t repent. But, what do they care; their own vainglory provides suitable affirmation for them of their standing.  Later in Isaiah, a perfect scriptural description of them and where the road they’re on leads is provided –  “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yours