How valuable can a book really be? In the fourteenth century John Wycliffe, the morning star of the Reformation, translated the Bible (which includes the book of the Law of Moses) into English. The common folks valued it so much that they would sell a load of hay for just a few chapters of James. In Ezra's day, the book of the Law of Moses grabbed the attention of the people who returned to their homeland after exile and were looking for cohesion amongst themselves and a sense of orderliness and purpose. They stood in respect and attentiveness to the reading of it.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.