Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hair Cut only Once a Year

by Steve Ray on November 5, 2013

999-269David had a very handsome son. His name was Absalom and he betrayed his father the king and led a rebellion against him. The Bible says that Absalom was “beautiful“ and and he only cut his hair once a year. Here is what the Bible says about him:

Now in all Israel there was no one so much to be praised for his beauty as Absalom; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. And when he cut the hair of his head (for at the end of every year he used to cut it; when it was heavy on him, he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head, two hundred shekels by the king’s weight” (2 Sam 14:25-26).

The pile of hair left on the floor each year, after Absalom’s haircut, weighed 200 shekels. How much is 200 shekels? It is an amazing 4.4 pounds!

Now, do you remember how Absalom died in his fight against his father, King David?

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Absalom was riding upon his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak, and his head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging [presumably by his hair] between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on….

“Joab said, “I will not waste time like this with you.” And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of Absalom, while he was still alive in the oak. And ten young men, Joab’s armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and killed him” (2 Sam 18:9, 14-15 ).

What was Absalom thinking about as he was hanging between heaven and earth?  I have to believe he was wishing he’d gotten his hair cut a bit earlier that year!
And notice, the Scripture says Absalom was left hanging between heaven and earth — almost a implication that the traitor was condembed and unworthy of heaven or earth.
Remember Judas, what did he do to his king? And how did he die?

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With Friends on the Sea

by Steve Ray on November 5, 2013

It is very infrequent that I get to see some of my best friends since they are as busy as me. But once in a while we are fortunate and are speakers together at the same conferences. This time we are on a Caribbean Cruise and one of the great joys is to be with the people, especially the other speakers.

Here is a picture of my with Matt Fradd, Chris Check, Patrick Madrid and Tim Staple. Not in the picture is Fr. Larry Richards. We are all giving talks during the cruise. This ship is crazy – the largest cruise ship in the world – the Oasis of the Seas. Too big and glitzy for me but I like being with fellow-minded Catholics, kindred spirits!

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