Happy Monday my dear friends. Well today since its the beginning of the week is crying out for us to lay to rest answer another age old question. Here's the question, Why do we call those tiny little meat treats, Hot Dogs? Well, let's look back to some important facts. They were originated in Germany, but they have become a major American food, in fact the US eats some 7billion dogs every summer, imagine that.
Apart from that number comes hundreds of other forms of sausage. Now to comfort all of us dog lovers, the hot dog contains no actual dog meat, at least in this country. But back to our question, actually food experts believe songs & jokes were the originator of first weiners & then ultimately hot dogs.
The early story is that imagrant German butchers named the frankfurters, "dachshund sausages" after the shape of that breed of dog. You know they are those cute long skinny dogs, and slowly they were shortened to hot dogs, or so the story goes.
I mean after all can you imagine going to the ball park and the walkway venders calling out "dachshund sausages, get your dachshund sausages", doesn't it sound much better to say "hot dogs get your hot dogs"? Oh well that's my story & I'm stickin to it.
Prov.27:23,24 "Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation."
This proverb is focusing on two things, the benefit of consistent diligence, & the uncertainty of wealth. The fleeting nature of quick, uncertain schemes that could result in instant wealth.
Here are some of the latest such modern schemes:
Sick online friend who suddenly has sick child & needs money for their care
Wealthy person who wants to transfer their wealth to you before dying, but needs help with transfer costs
You have won an expensive device (usually $1,000 or more) you only need to pay the postage
Do any of these sound familiar?
Back to the verse, Many of the shepherds knew their flocks so well that they had named them. They also knew; that to the level that they cared for them, adequate food & water, to the same extent the wool they were able to shear & sell would bring income for themselves & their families.
Oh, don't be fooled, there were get rich schemes even in Solomons day, one such was, that the family inheritance of the rich uncle, in a far away land, dieing with no sons to maintain his wealth, etc. In Solomons case he was encouraging his sons to live in a responsible way with the opportunities they had available. If they cared for their tribes by careful oversight for their citizens safety, & lawful protection for their endeavors, their reign would continue, if not their kingdom would fail & so would their wealth.
This main lesson for us is the benefit of diligence & care of those we love and then the rewards that come to us as a result. Personal gain, but more importantly children who are successful in their lives, as well as, witnessing their childrens, children taking those same steps of, diligence & care which result in their success.
John 10:3 illustrates this in relating the account of The Good Shepherd & His benefits, "The gatekeeper open the gate for him, and the sheet recognize his voice and come to him. ..."
Psa. 23:1 also says, "The Lord is my shepherd; I have all I need."
In the same way in the spiritual realm this is true. To the extent that we faithfully follow the Good Shepherd to that same extent will He bring rewards to our lives.
Habakkuk 3:18 "... I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."
Remember every 50 years land returned to its original owner,(the Redeemer) so flocks were the most stable form of wealth. God is the same, He provides healthy land, rainfall, sun, & life & as we are faithful with His provisions He will prosper our lives.
In the physical realm Be dependable In the spiritual realm stay dependent, on the Father & His promises.
So Go With God for He is worthy of our prayers & praise. As the song goes "Thou art worthy, Oh Lord"
If you have 2 minutes joy in the song on you tube Thou Art Worthy HD Studio Musicians & worship His glory.