Every few days I’m posting five passages that have jumped out at me as I read through Sirach (aka: Ecclesiasticus) once more. Enjoy.
One is better than a thousand, and it’s better to die childless than to have ungodly children. (Sirach 16.3b)
A person’s acts of charity are like a seal with him [God], and he will treasure a person’s generosity like the apple of his eye. (Sirach 17.22)
… whoever neglects the little things will fail little by little. (Sirach 19.1)
Have you heard some word? Let it perish along with you. Have courage! It won’t make you burst. (Sirach 19.10)
“A thief is preferable to someone who continuously lies, but both will inherit destruction.” (Sirach 20.25)
MoSt Church‘s congregational Bible reading project for 2013, The Christ House, fixes our attention on Christ Jesus as we encounter him in the New Testament. The plan is slow and steady, simple and focused: read one chapter a day and memorize one “Christ verse” on which to meditate from each book of the NT.
Today’s reading is Luke 20 and the Christ verse for Luke’s Gospel is Luke 2.11: “Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.”
“What do workers gain from all their hard work?” (Ecclesiastes 3.9)
Think the old Tennessee Ernie Ford song: Sixteen Tons.
This Scripture’s meter even matches the meter of the song’s lyrics:
“I moved sixteen tons and what do I get? Another day older and deeper in debt.”