Category Archives: ISSUES OF CONCERN

The Tale of Two donkeys ..

The book of Numbers tells the story of a king called Balak , the leader of the Moabites ( situated in the present day Jordan ) .the dawning of a new day brought for this king a sight for sore eyes . the israelites had camped in their tents facing Moab ….. he could smell three Ds ….. death , defeat and disgrace… The guy had heard about the story of Israel , the ten plagues, the parting of the red sea , and even closer home , the defeat of the amorites ( situated south of present day iraq ) . like any sensible leader , he was bothered about the security of his people and estate , this was when the guy heard about a prophet called Balaam . ” his words do not fall to the ground ” he was told , so he was persuaded to send for him so as to come and put a curse on the children of Israel .very smart move indeed , becos it was obvious that people did not have military training , weapons of war and all the likes and yet they seemed to defeat kingdoms as they advanced ….
Balak sent a couple of guys and ” gifts ” , to Balaam , persuading him to come and curse the baggers ! interesting story indeed … Balaam asks they should spend the night while he asks God whether to go or not …. DON’T GO is what God told him so he sent them on their way ,the next day ,saying that he cant do anything except the ” Lord permits me ” …pious indeed !

so what does the king do ? increase the EGUNJE  ( after all, “everyone has a price “) and then upgrade the calibre of messengers ! haba ! the guy go bow …… when he saw the PEPPER , the prophet must have thought ,let me talk to God again , “shebi i will pay tithe” ? A preacher, sometime back made a statement that got my attention , MONEY IS GOD’S LITMUS TEST FOR CHARACTER ……. how profoundly true!

I know of a very rich man who always maintained that no one can convince him that a poor dude is a “good guy “, he says when he is given “good money” , then you will know his true character…anywayssss he asks and this time hears what he wants to hear ….GO! amazing how we think we can deceive God when we so foolishly end up deceiving ourselves … and its not uncommon or peculiar , we have ALL done it at one point or the other in life , usually ending up so foolish…hehe..so Balaam sets off the following day and God sends an angel to stop him …. my guy no see jack …. the “benjamins” had blinded him .. three times the angel of the lord appeared , three times his donkey saw ’em and tried to avoid running into him , three times the ” prophet hit the donkey ….. then the donkey spoke ….. ” why do u hit me ? have i ever disobeyed u ? is it not becos of the angel that I SEE before me ?”

imagine that ! The Prophet did not see the angel that the donkey saw , because he had “seen” the pepper and lost his “sight”….WOW! Who be “donkey” now abeg ? Then because he could not see and hit the donkey , it spoke ….ah! at the beginning of this trip, there was a prophet , a donkey and a mission motivated by greed . At this point , when the donkey spoke , there were 2 “donkeys”  and a mission motivated by greed !

Did Balak send Balaam a gift or a bribe? … the dictionary definition of a gift is ” something of value that is given without expectation. A bribe on the other hand is ” something of value that is given with the hope of future influence.

A bribe made Balam the prophet “hear” what he wanted to hear God say ,made him spiritually blind , and basically  placed at the same “level” as his donkey,it cost him much more than he bargained for ..it always does. Don’t be a donkey …don’t take that bribe !

Our God is in Control

No one can fully understand and indeed feel the pain of loss of a loved one like the person who is bereaved …. Indescribable..who and indeed what can comfort one at such a time as this? The good Book talks about a Comfort that can only come from the Spirit of all comforts.truly no one can bring comfort at such a time……This is why i find it appalling when people visit the bereaved and think quoting scriptural and philosophical  verses will actually bring succour , i mean, SERIOUSLY????

i have come to love steve curtis chapman’s album , BEAUTY WILL RISE , the best work he has ever done in my own opinion , and which was born out of the shocking demise of his youngest child …… i love the lyrics and as i write this i have the family and hearts that were touched by the life and ministry of Dr & Mrs Myles Munroe, on my mind …….
THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE , THIS IS NOT HOW IT COULD BE , BUT THIS IS HOW IT IS AND GOD IS IN CONTROL.
THIS IS NOT HOW IT WILL BE , WHEN WE FINALLY WILL SEE WE’LL SEE WITH OUR OWN EYES: HE WAS ALWAYS IN CONTROL.
AND WE’LL SING HOLY,HOLY,HOLY IS OUR GOD :WE WILL FINALLY REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS. SO WE’LL SING HOLY HOLY HOLY IS OUR GOD , BUT WE ARE WAITING FOR THAT DAY ……..
THIS IS NOT WHERE WE PLANNED TO BE, WHEN WE STARTED THIS JOURNEY, BUT THIS IS WHERE WE ARE :AND OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL.
THOUGH THE FIRST TASTE IS BITTER , THERE WILL BE SWEETNESS FOREVER ; WHEN WE’LL FINALLY TASTE AND SEE THAT OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL,
AND WE’LL SING HOLY,HOLY,HOLY IS OUR GOD ,WE WILL FINALLY REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS ,
WE ARE WAITING FOR THAT DAY , WE’LL KEEP ON WAITING FOR THAT DAY ,
OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL.

Until Eternity…..sweet sweet eternity!

Named by Shame….

There is this Biblical story that i find very striking …. I even like the way it begins…at the time when Kings go out to battle , David sent his men and Israel’s army while he stayed at home…ahhh i know sometimes we try to convince ourselves that Sin just happened …but SIN DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN…it always sets the stage before the play …truth be told sometimes we dont see it coming , abi ke? been there , done that and bought the Tshirt (and na XL) hehe… anywaysss Dave now looks out the window…and what does he see? UKWU!! Bishop Jakes puts it this way ” king David was having a pornographic moment “…so u see, the TRUTH is and we can lie about it all we want …we all have such moments but what we do with it becomes our responsibility. Jehovah told Cain that if he didnt do gud, if he STAYED in that “moment” sin was at the door waiting to get him…THIS IS THE REALITY IN LIFE …SIN WAITS FOR US…WE HAVE TO MASTER IT OR IT WILL MASTER US…( hiss, Satan and his alter ego, Sin ….conniving bastards i tell you !) ok, so he sees her, he likes what he sees and sends for her . Now there are Bible Scholars who insist that Bathsheba was going thru required purification after her menstrual period, the safest time to have sexual intercourse as we are told . However, I am aware of a number of ladies who will vehemently disagree about safety at such times, with testimonies abounding to that effect , LOL.
i remember a story i heard about a Yoruba king ( Kabiyesi)once. a young beautiful lady was sent by her dad to deliver a letter to him at the palace. he gave her his scepter to hold while “he read the letter” and immediately she collected it (not knowing better or maybe just playing along ???) he said “Kabiyesi” to her and she became one of his queens! Shocking but in “those days ” the king was to be obeyed .  He can  have whatsoever he wants (in fact Kabiyesi means “dont dare question him”).

BUT….every young girl’s dream is to marry a prince who later becomes king …i remember Cinderella, Sleeping beauty, Beauty and the ***** (i bind that beast , hehe)….in class i was always day-dreaming about my prince, Knight , riding on a white horse to come pick me up as we ride into the sunset …” and lived happily ever after, The End.”….laugh all u want , we all did ,ojare ..LOL!!
So, that brings me back to the story, what if Bathsheba , the wife of Uriah was nursing some attractions towards King David???? successful , rich , intelligent, greatly feared in the world, lover of God,( tho married)…ah ah ..what else can a lady want ???? abeg who won’t want a man like that ??
so its like “just this once nobody will see us” …Remember those words ? it comes to us from time to time …THAT IS SIN AT THE DOOR , KNOCKING ..and so it happens and they obviously enjoyed it …stolen waters…very sweet…BUT what nobody ought to know was about to leak…yea..THE SHIT WAS ABOUT TO HIT THE FAN … Bathsheba got pregnant  and sends word to the King. So Dave devised yet another plan , bring Uriah home so the child can be said to be his…Certain Schools of thought say he was trying to avoid a situation where his Army will develop factions caused by the incidence. Somehow, i find that rather difficult to accept . This guy was king , THE KING of Israel …he could have taken Uriah’s wife and nothing will happen …BUT ..He was a lover of God…What will people think? he wanted to hide it …..to keep the “honour ” of his name .he was WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIS SEED FOR HIS “HONOUR”…so it was better this way… when that didnt work he decided to kill Uriah but with no traces to him..SECRET SIN IS LIKE SILENT FART THAT STINKS TO THE HIGH HEAVENS …YOU CANT HIDE IT ONCE IT LEAKS…..IN HIS BID TO COVER HIS SIN WITH ANOTHER SIN ..HE FORGOT ABOUT “THE LIGHT”..IN WHOSE PRESENCE EVERY HIDDEN WORK OF DARKNESS IS EXPOSED ….so he takes Bathsheba in as wife … she gives birth, the son is ill, David prayed and fasted but the child died …Bathsheba was in great sorrow….wagging spiky tongues of village gossips….now that the child died sef …the SELF-RIGHTEOUS BIGOTS WILL BEGIN TO QUOTE SCRIPTURE…its interesting to note that despite the fact that she gave birth to solomon the great king of Israel , whenever she was referred to in the Bible she was called the “Wife of Uriah “…

You might be like Bathsheba today, your past is still used to define you , but God aint thru with you yet , he can and will still produce greatness from you,if u will allow Him. You need to forgive yourself and keep walking … people will talk , and let them, always remember WE ALL HAVE SOMEFIN WE DONT WANT ANYBODY ELSE TO KNOW…So,yess…her name is Bathsheba , Uriah’s wife , the mother of Solomon , from the Lineage of Jesus the Christ …. like her , hate her , she will always be remembered for her link to GREATNESS !