The Folly Of Sin


“Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they are doing.”

~Luke 23:34, CEV


Ignorance is not always bliss; sometimes is utterly sinful and stupid.


We have twenty from Grace Point who are reading through the bible in a year and we are reading the Contemporary English Version which is the first bible that I read from cover to cover in less than a year. I promise you, the CEV will make Genesis come alive, especially the story of Joseph. This morning as I was reading in Luke, I came across Jesus prayer on the cross, “Father forgive them, these people don’t know what they are doing.” If anything, this is an understatement. The Sanhedrin, which spear headed the crucifixion was made up of Israel’s finest, their elites, the wealthy and highly educated. How can you explain their behavior? How could men of such renown do something so deceitful and despicable? Well, they were full of envy and greed. No doubt their pride blinded them to the truth but when all is said and done, there is no excuse for their hateful and cowardly behavior. History will never honor these dishonorable men. To make bad matter worse, the idiots said, “Let His blood be on us and our children.” I’d be willing to bet their children wished they had left them out.

I just read a couple of days before the story of Potiphar and Joseph. Potiphar and I have something in common; we’ve both made a lot of stupid mistakes that we are going to regret till the day we die. By grace, Potiphar stumbles upon the most gifted slave in the known world. This Hebrew slave has a brilliant mind and extraordinary gifts in administration. Potiphar recognized his gifts very quickly and in a short matter of time, Joseph was in charge of everything Potiphar owned. The only decision Potiphar had to make is what he wanted for supper. While Joseph was in charge of Potiphar’s estate, his wealth flourished. Joseph was the wiz kid. No slave in Egypt was worth more than Joseph. Just when things were going great for Potiphar, he does something stupid. His first blunder is listening to his wife. Pilate should have listened to his wife but Abraham and Potiphar made bad mistakes by listening to theirs. Obviously, Potiphar didn’t know his wife well enough to trust her judgment. I can tell you just by reading the story, she was a floozy. How is it that Potiphar missed this detail? He second mistake is that he acted in anger. We do not need to make decisions when we are angry. Third: he made an emotional decision. Potiphar did not act in a reasonable way. Why didn’t he talk to Joseph? Shouldn’t he have listened to Joseph’s view point? It is unwise to make emotional decisions: use your head. Potiphar was not using his head, he was thinking about the bed. Last and maybe least, he made a horrible business decision. Joseph is worth millions; he was worth far more the Potiphar’s wife. Potiphar, in a fit of rage, gets nothing for Joseph. If you study the scripture closely, Potiphar is the captain of the guard and is over the prison where he places Joseph. Why didn’t the moron take him to the slave auction? At least he would have been compensated.  Imagine how Potiphar felt when Joseph became his boss. All I am saying is–Jesus is right, we humans are an ignorant lot. We make a lot of dumb decisions.

Well PTL it didn’t get as cold as they predicted. It was 33 when I got up at 6:30 to go to Jack’s and I ran across water in two places. Obviously, it didn’t get cold enough to freeze the water on the road.

Didn’t get a lot done yesterday for ball games. Landon played at 4:00 and Tybo at 8:00. Landon’s team advanced and Ty’s team won the West Side of the county. Landon had a buzzer beater. I told his Big Mama that he had the winning basket. He hit a long two as time expired and we won by two. What I didn’t tell Big Mama was that was at the end of the first half. We did when by two and he scored two so from a bias set of grand parents, our grandson had the winning shot. Welcome to Danville sports where bias is a foregone conclusion. Ty didn’t feel good but he had his best all around game of the year. I enjoy watching my grandchildren play basketball. I even enjoyed watching Seth the one year he played. He was like a bull in a China shop. Big L usually plays smart but he did something dumb yesterday. Don’t think I didn’t chew that rear end.

We have a doctor’s appointment today and then we are off to HH. Mickey Childers is have a knee replaced today. Mickey is a high-tech grand dad. He carries his Ipad everywhere and he knows how to use it.

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