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Ecclesiastes 11:1
Posted On 02/28/2018 13:35:14


Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.-Ecclesiastes 11:1

The KJV puts this verse in a lovely manner and it means that if you give to others you will receive help back. I am no fan of the KJV but I wish some more simplified translations would not simplify this.  People should be able to understand these phrases and figures of speech. 

Proverbs 19:17 says, "One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed".

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Give Alms Love Charity Waters

Some musings on Valentines day and Ash Wednesday
Posted On 02/15/2018 22:24:35

God has been likened to a grand weaver constantly weaving the tapestry of our lives. 

It has been two years since my mother passed on Ash Wednesday of 2016.  The obit says the 11th but it was actually the 10th. It is interesting that Ash Wednesday should be on the same day this year as Valentines Day.  It is not just Catholics that observe this Sacremental, which might include fasting.  Some abstain from many regular activities.  I decided to not drive anyplace as it seems I am driving too much, but I don't rub my forehead with ashes, still I gave Ash Wednesday a nod.

I strolled over to a little book store about three blocks away and did some browsing.  I found an interesting little gem titled, Natural Law in the Spiritual World, by Henry Drummond. The inside page indicated 1891. The natural laws are God's standard workings and descend from higher laws and this is a book that probably deals with this. I decided to purchase and head home. On the way back I seen a yard full of small crocus blooms.  Everyone had a lavender color.  After this I came upon another yard with some bright yellow crocus blooms.  I regretted not having a camera with me.

After I arrived home I started to think of a flowery piece of art so I decided on a "rose of Sharon" type of painting, which some suggest was actually a crocus, although the Hebrew just implies a flower so I went along with imagination and did the one above.  I tried oil pastel this time and it is not half bad.  At least my motivation comes from a Biblical book and nature instead of Valentines.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Ashessacrementals Flowers Crocus Churches

Psalm 51:7
Posted On 02/08/2018 23:08:31

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.- Psalm 51:7

As I recall the hyssop plant has medicinal possibilities and is slightly anticeptic.  It is in the mint family along with Oregano and Rosemary..  It is good stuff from the Lords pantry.

Just before leaving Egypt the Children of Israel were instructed to strike their door posts with branches of hyssop dipped in lambs blood so the Angel of Death would pass by and not kill the first born.  (Exodus 12).  It is interesting to note that the pattern of striking the doors and the framework seems to indicate a cross form and the branch(s) of hyssop with blood are considered typological for the beatings/whippings that Jesus endured for our sins.

Pastor zomok

Tags: Psalms Hyssop Clean Truth

A quick look at Ecclesiastes
Posted On 01/25/2018 02:17:42

Over the years I have been attracted to the philosophical Book of Ecclesiastes.  Although it seems on the surface to be very pessimistic, the logic within has delighted me deeply and caused me to ponder.  I have also been intrigued by the mystery of its origin.

There exists a great many views of its origin.  Traditionally it has been considered something that Solomon produced in his old age reflections.  He was considered very wise.  The other extreme is too say it is a very late work produced as late as 200 BC, which is only because it contains a few Greek words.  Both of these have problems and do not fit the evidences well enough.  The author refers to himself as Koheleth, or the gatherer of folks (or something like that).  He also mentions the many rulers in Jerusalem that came before him, yet only David and Cananite kings (Jebusites) ruled the area before Solomon.  Note: Saul did not rule in Jerusalem.

There has been a theory or position that I have found intriging, and is rather between the extremes.  This is the view that it was something authored by Zerubbabel, in the 6th century BC.  He was a descendant of the David line of kings, and as governor of Judah he was basically a kingpin under Cyrus of Persia.  He could reflect upon all those that ruled in jerusalem earlier.  He was also wise.  There is evidence that he was removed in the end.  This view of the origin of Ecclesiastes is between the extremes......


Ecclesiastes contains much Hebrew style and philosophy, for example, it has the cyclical view of time, rather than the Western view of time as linear.  We see this in chapter 3 and other verses here and there. I was one time taught that the ancient Hebrews said that the past is in front of you evidently because you experienced it and can see it as if it is a painting or photo you are looking at.  It makes sense.  The writer says, 'What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, 'See, this is new'? It has already been, in the ages before us." (1:9-10). 

One of my favorite verses is chapter 3:1, "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." This has inspired songs, such as "Turn, turn, turn" by the Byrds.  With all said, although the writer sounds sad, he does conclude that the best we can do is honor God and keep his commandments (chapter 12:13..)

What are your thoughts?

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Solomon Philososphy Time Cyrus Zerubbabel

Our Ordained MOON
Posted On 01/18/2018 04:58:02

When the Lord created our Moon, He designed it with precise balance because it would effect all life on Earth:

“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night…and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:14-16). 

Our moon is obviously ordained for a purpose:

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;..."(Psalm 8:3).

The Lords purpose for the moon is to rule the night, as a lesser light and to help us with the time and seasons, hence our calenders were invented with the moon in mind, however, we are not suppose to worship the moon or any created thing. Deuteronomy 4:19 give a warning about these activities.

Good science and research have confirmed much of the above.  Few are aware of the fact that the moon is both 400 times smaller and 400 times closer than our sun!  Is this a coincidence?   Not likely!  The sun and moon working together give us the eclipses we have because their globes are the same size from our view below on Earth.  There are many other things that are not likely chance but reflect design. For example, the moon is important in influencing the Earth’s climate. The moon’s gravity has the effect of slowing down the Earth’s rotation. If the Earth’s rotation were a bit every day would be shorter. Shorter days would result in the temperature on Earth taking a substantial drop because there would be less time for the sun to heat the Earth. This would reduce food production.  Many more things could be pointed out that prove the moons importance and that it was placed where it is for us.

Pastor Zomok

Tags: Genesis Psalms Design Facts Moon

God hears your heart cry
Posted On 01/17/2018 11:37:26

I, the Lord, do search the heart, try the reins, Even to give to each according to his way, According to the fruit of his doings. -Jeremiah 17:10

In recent times I generally have verbally stopped requesting things in prayer because out of thousands of requests I have only received a few clear answers and have felt let down.  This is my honest feelings on this.  The testing of this (1 Thessalonians 5:21) has indicated, at least, to me that requests in prayers are largely useless, for whatever the reason.  For me it has became evident that the good Lord has given me certain abilities and a lovely mother so I am able to work through problems.  God could be sculpting me indirectly through circumstances and each person God handles differently.

Do not misunderstand me.  I still pray, and often, but it is prayers of thanks....and praise.  Jesus Christ is Lord.  I also know that God can read my inward being.  Jeremiah 17:10 tells us that the Lord searches the heart (Leb), and the kidneys (kilyah) of everyone.  These two indicate the complete person inwardly and their desires.  Your inner being speaks to God.  Just some brief thought for the day.

pastor Zomok

Tags: Jeremiah Heart Prayer Praise

Parable of the Good Samaritan (another look).
Posted On 01/11/2018 01:27:23

In the gospel of Luke, in chapter 10:27-37, we find the wonderful parable of the good Samaritan.  Jesus uses this to teach several valuable lessons.  We should help others and sacrifice at times for the sake of others, but several years back it dawned on me that it seems to give a hint about the time of the second advent.  I decided to bring it up again because of something posted on this site about the return of Jesus. I will simply focus on part of the parable.  Below is verses 33,34, and 35....

 33"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."

You will notice in verse 35 that the Samaritan gives the innkeeper money.  Most translations indicate that this is two Danarii, and some will add a note that this is about two days wages.  after this the Samaritan says he will return.  Now think of the verse where it says that to God a 1000 years is a mere day, although the number 1000 is often used to indicate completeness (note Psalm 50).  To cut to the chase, the good Samaritan is Jesus, who is going to return in about 2000 years.  The injuries suffered by the man are attacks from the devil on people, likewise the oil and wine are representing both spirit and blood of Christ, which heal us.  The inn and the keeper might represent the true church and its overseers.. This might be indicating 2032 or so as the final coming.  Maybe I am reaching a little, perhaps thinking to much on this but it is interesting.

pastor Zomok

Tags: Samaritan Sin Innkeeper Luke Advent Christ

Some thoughts on Exodus 2
Posted On 01/03/2018 22:38:09

The infant Moshe (Moses) was in danger from his birth.  The dynasty in power had enslaved the Hebrew people and now a call went out to kill male infants in an effort to keep the population of the Hebrews down.  The evil authorities were alarmed by foreigners in the country but their ways of handling the situation were evil.

The mother of Moses (Moses not named yet) was obviously in great despair but she knew as a loving mother that she had to protect her baby son. She finally decided to hide the small child in a floating basket, among the Nile River grasses and flags.  This must have been very hard for her, but it was the only chance for the child. Imagine how difficult it was for her.  If a women gives a child up for adoption it is generally a hard choice but it is probably for the best, but in this case we see a mother sending her babe out upon the waters not knowing what fate the child might encounter. The Nile is full of dangers.  This is the awful situation she found herself in, but often good things come out of sad situations for here we see that the child was found by a princess of Egypt and adopted.  We must trust in the Lord.  Sometimes when things are seemingly at the most hopeless point good things spring forth. The story of Moses is a superb lesson on this. (Psalm 30:5).


Tags: Exodus Moses Nile Fate Hope Mother

Cross the River
Posted On 12/26/2017 00:40:00


In the last few days I have been thinking on many things.  One of these things was doing a painting of a Jordan River scene. This river is not a very mighty flow nor is it the prettiest place, but much history and intrigue has took place along its banks, including the baptism of the messiah Yeshua.  Centuries earlier the Israelites had to take a step into the River Jordan in order to reach the Land of milk and honey.  The Lord cleared the path for them but they had to start moving along the banks. (Joshua 3:1-)

Each one of us at some point has to take a critical and faithful step.  Many times in our lives we reach a point where we have to decide to change a job or a place of residence in order to improve our situation...to reach more blessings.  As the Children of Israel we can not simply stop and go to sleep.  We have to face a problem with critical thinking and prayer and then go forward.

Merry Christmas

pastor Zomok

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