A lesson in pattern recognition: if you see people walk done a path that leads to ruin and suffering and you find yourself walking a similar path, you might be headed towards ruin and suffering.
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil."
"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
"But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' "
David wanted earnestly to build the Temple. The remnant returning from Babylon after 70 years was slow to rebuild the Temple that he prepared for and his son established. Taking a step back from a close reading of the context, this tension between HaShem and Israel is interesting to me. It makes me think of a relationship between a husband and wife. It makes me think of me and my wife, really.