So we are even at fault in not avenging all this innocent blood of our Lord and of the Christians which they shed for three hundred years after the destruction of Jerusalem, and the blood of the children they have shed since then (which still shines forth from their eyes and their skin). We are at fault in not slaying them. Rather we allow them to live freely in our midst despite all their murdering, cursing, blaspheming, lying, and defaming; we protect and shield their synagogues, houses, life,
"The Doubts of the Called"
One of the turning points in Moses life was going to see his people and trying to save one of them from an Egyptian Taskmaster. A fight ensued and Moses killed the Egyptians. When he tried to break up a fight between two Israelites, one of them turned on him and mocked him. Moses had to run as a result of the killing, but I have always wondered how it must have rankled for the forty years. As He tended sheep, Moses had time to turn this over and over
Once I made a mountain out of all that I did treasure,
And heaped upon it, stone by stone, things of earthly pleasure.
Standing proud upon its peak, looking down where I began,
I shouted out to those below 'Behold how great I am!'
Then, in the breath of silence that is felt before the dawn,
That majestic mountain I had made, crumbled, and was gone.
So then I made another mountain with my fear and rage.
Hoarding all my treasures in a cold and heartless
"You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop it from building a nest in your hair."
-Pastor Greg Varney, Light Of The World Christian Center.
The king smiles, showing rows of lovely teeth. Sitting on his throne watching as the human struggles with her thoughts. I know how to get to this one, he thinks. He calls on his chief aides. "Go to her and show her the hurts in her past. She will want to imagine all manner of sinful dreams just to get away."
"A Stepping Stone to Partiality"
Now we come to what is indicated as 'Chapter 2' in your bibles, but originally was just a new paragraph in the original writings. James is not actually indicating a break in though, but a change in problems he is now addressing. He will now address a problem that is rampant in the church he is addressing, and what particularly acute among the Jewish Christians. The problem being one of religious inheritance.
In Matthew 19, Jesus said this