Calf on the Altar

This incident is taken from the Old Testament. When Moses went up to the mountain to meet God the Israelites made a calf of Gold on the altar and started worshiping it. As an idiom calf on the altar is blaspheming God. Don’t be a calf on the altar and read astrology columns. Calf on the altar is a deadly sin. God is jealous about the people performing the calf on the altar.

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June 9th 2019

Today was a slow crawl. Morning melodies into an epiphany. Poets sing in the sky. I look at the flowers cradling the tree called flame of the forest. They form a beauty that cannot be described. Today is a Sunday and all the Quakers dressed in white are going to the church. I believe that life has a meaning and purpose given by God Jehovah Jesus. I always wonder what to write? Some days are more creative. Writing is the passion of the pen. Writing is a poetic ornament. Writing is the heart of desire. Writing is the dance of literature. Writing is a song of music. I am still reading the Old Testament. Wonderful is God’s way in leading Israel from slavery in Egypt. The Israelites were a grumbling lot. God looked after them well while they were traveling in the wilderness. God provided them water from a rock and rained down quail and bread as manna. If we look at the Old Testament, it shows how the Israelites struggled for existence.

From the Bible

The Bible teaches us that WORDS are powerful things and we have to use them with care as words carry a curse or a cure or a blessing. I can quote one example from the Old Testament. When Jacob was leaving Laban (Rebecca was Laban’s Daughter) his uncle along with his wife Rebecca, Laban a pagan accused him of stealing his household Gods. To that Jacob replied that whoever has stolen them will be cursed and die. And when Rebecca was having pregnancy complications she succumbed to death. Another example is from the New Testament. While Jesus was traveling he came across a Fig Tree. He was feeling very hungry and to his irony it had no fruit though it was the fruiting time. Jesus cursed the Fig Tree and it withered. So the lesson is WORDS can generate blessings or curses.

Idioms out of Joseph

What I am referring to here is the Old Testament Joseph. Joseph’s phase of life was three fold and they are: Misfortune, Dream Interpretation, Prosperity and Reconciliation.

The brothers of Joseph hated him as he was the Father Jacob’s pet and to make matters worse Joseph said that he had a dream and in it he could see all brothers on their knees and worshiping him. The brothers planned to kill him but at the last moment they sold Jacob to the Egyptians. In Egypt Joseph was the master of Potiphar’s household. Potiphar’s wife became enamored with him and forced him to go to bed with her. Joseph would not relent and Potiophar’s wife said to Potiphar that she was molested and had Jacob put in jail. This is a period of Joseph’s misfortune. I don’t want a Joseph to happen to me. In prison he was able to interpret the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker. The cupbearer and baker were released from prison. Then all of a sudden the Pharaoh had a strange dream which no one could interpret. It was like this: seven stout cows came and then seven famished ones came next and ate up the fat cows. Seven strands of fattened grain came and then seven emaciated grain came next and ate the obese strands of grain. The cupbearer told to the Pharaoh of Joseph. Joseph was ushered to the Pharaoh and Joseph said: this is what the dream is: there will be seven years of plenty and after that there will be seven years of famine. The Pharaoh was impressed with his interpretation and made him the minister of Egypt and asked him to collect all the abundance and store in big God Downs. This is a period of Joseph’s prosperity. As Idioms Joseph, means a dream interpreter and also fortune. Then comes Joseph’s period of reconciliation with his brothers. In the beginning he was bit curt with them but later he wept in the privacy of his room and then welcomed the brothers and invited them to come and live in Egypt.

From the Bible

There’s an interesting passage in the New Testament Bible where Jesus asks a young man to follow him. The man replied he has a burial to attend. Jesus said to him: ‘let the dead bury the dead’. Let the Dead Bury the dead as idiom means admonishing somebody. My boss gave me a lecture of the dead burying the dead.

I read into the story of Jacob in the Old Testament. Jacob bamboozled his brother two times, by stealing the birth right of the father. As an Idiom Jacob means one who deceives. During the Journey of life I have met many a Jacob.

From the Bible

I have started reading the Old Testament and I have across some interesting thoughts. God in order to test Abraham asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham being obedient to God took him up the hill and tied him up. When he was about to light the fire, God asked him to sacrifice a Ram whose horns were entangled in the thicket. The Sacrifice of Isaac can be an idiom meaning: an unpleasant situation becoming more pleasant. God help me to have the sacrifice of Isaac every day.