So you thought wearing your trousers a bit low, exposing your briefs, makes you look slick? Councillors in Florida’s City Council of Ocala don’t think so and you could face a $500 fine or 6 month in prison if you think otherwise.
The law was passed as a deterrent to growing trend among young men to wear sagging pants. It permits law enforcement to detain offenders on the spot. However, police will also have the discretion to occasionally issue written warnings or issue fines but repeat offenders face the prospect of prosecution and jail.
Last week, the city council voted unanimously to approve a law that prohibits anyone on city property from wearing pants two inches below their natural waist. Human rights activists have labelled it a breach of freedom and an assault on individual liberties but this did not deter councillors from passing the law.
According to Councillor Rich, under the new law, both genders and ALL races will be subject to the ordinance, so there will be no profiling. This law is enforceable on all city-owned or leased property, including sidewalks, streets, parks, sports, recreation and public transportation facilities and parking lots.
In Exodus, God commands Moses to strike a rock, and promises to make water flow in the desert for the people. Later on, God tells Moses to speak to a rock, promising to make water flow in the desert again. However, Moses strikes the rock again instead of speaking to it. Because of just this one thing, God tells Moses that he will no longer be permitted bring the people into the Promised Land.
Why was the punishment so harsh for what seems like a small infraction? Was there something greater or more symbolic going on here?
Exodus 17:6 ESV
Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.
Numbers 20:8-12 ESV
“Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” 9 And Moses took the staff from before the Lord, as he commanded him. 10 Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock, and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” 11 And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock. 12 And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.”
Like the forefathers of those who eventually ended up in the Promised Land, Moses’s problem was that he failed to trust in God. In chapter 12 of Numbers, Aaron and Miriam oppose Moses as God’s messenger and their leader. As a result, they also are refused entry to the land (by death, like Moses).
Moses’ problem wasn’t that he misinterpreted God or thought that since he’d hit the rock before that it was okay to do it again. Rather, Moses was utterly rejecting God and trying to take control.
- Moses was violent. He struck the rock twice when God just said to speak to it.
- Moses was usurping God’s place. He said to the people, “hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?” The emphasis is technically mine, but it was already there. Moses didn’t say “God will bring water out of this rock for you.” He (with Aaron, evidently) took God’s place and assured them that he would do it for them.
Verse 12 is pretty revealing as to the nature of Moses’s crime:
“Because you did not believe in me,” (emphasis mine)
Moses totally failed to trust God for the life-supplying water. He tried to take matters into his own hands. He was supposed the be the leader, but also the servant of God. He tried to usurp God’s place.
Additionally, I think there might be some symbolism to the rock. Back in Exodus 17, God tells Moses
“Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink” Ex. 17:6
To quote my study bible notes on this, “An astonishing statement. In this trial God takes the place of the accused, standing in the dock.”
1 Corinthians 10:4 explains that “the Rock was Christ.” In striking the Rock, Moses was striking God for the people. Christ was punished for the nourishment of his people.
Back to Numbers, it seems that maybe the situation is similar here. God has provided a rock (Christ) that will bring forth water (salvation) for his people. This is somewhat speculative, but it seems that this time, Moses is in the position of the people. He’s supposed to ask God for salvation, to request the water from the rock. But instead, he takes up his previous position as judge, and strikes the rock (Christ). Before, he was commanded to. This time, he willingly strikes his Savior.
Ultimately of course, it’s because Moses did not believe that God could bring the water out of the rock, and hit it himself. (perhaps he was trying to knock loose rocks to open up a stream, or he thought that his staff held some special Mosaic power – either way, he thought he was the key to the equation)
Answer: Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the longings of our hearts. Does that mean, if we go to church every Sunday, God will give us a new Rolls Royce? No. The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [the necessities of life] will be given to you as well.”
Many delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they are never satisfied. They never truly get what they want, hence the reason they are always wanting more. This is the lesson King Solomon learned in his pursuit of earthly treasure: “Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). On the other hand, delighting in the Lord is true treasure indeed: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
First John 2:15–17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” We will never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. If we place our joy and hope in God first, He will meet all of our needs. He will even grant our wants, as our hearts’ desires begin to match up with His will. If we truly place priority on the Lord, chances are our heart’s greatest desire will not be a brand new Rolls Royce, but eternal treasures in Christ.
This world can never satisfy our deepest longings, but if we choose to delight in God’s way, He will always provide above and beyond our expectations. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).
Lyndall, now a chef, used to be Beyonce’s boyfriend. They were together for 9 years and he says he actually cheated on Beyonce 5 good times before they separated.
Shortly after, Bey met Jay-z, and the rest is history.
In this new interview with The Sun, Lyndall opens up about their relationship, how much Beyonce loved him, and why he regrets losing her.
On their relationship:
Beyonce was the love of my life and I was hers, so losing her is still my biggest regret. She would say to me all the time, ‘I’m afraid to ever live my life without you Lyndall, I want you to be mine for ever’.
I’ll be honest — it was me that messed everything up and lost her for ever to Jay Z, but I deserved it. Who cheats on a woman as beautiful as Beyonce?
Well, I am that man and it’s something that’ll always haunt me.
How he met Beyonce:
I met Beyonce through Kelly Rowland during a church youth group session when I was 13, and she was 11.
From the first time I saw Beyonce I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. She looked like an angel, the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. We’d hang out after school and almost every night we’d fall asleep talking to each other on the phone.
On not knowing Beyonce could sing:
She was just so shy, she was a bit of an outcast at school and didn’t even sing in the choir. For two years I didn’t know she could sing. We spent hours watching movies together and playing Connect 4.
Some of our most fun times was when I watched Beyonce, her sister Solange and Kelly performing dance routines.
So while I had no idea how good her voice was back then, I certainly knew she could move.
On their first kiss:
It was just after Beyonce’s 15th birthday. I surprised her with Brian McKnight concert tickets and it happened that night. I had got popcorn and as we were sitting in our seats I dropped it. As we both went down to grab it we bumped heads, and locked into our first kiss. We both just looked at each other realizing there was this incredible spark of fireworks between us.
It was that fairytale kiss you only hear about in the movies. That was the first feeling of true love between me and Beyonce.
Still, to this day, I’ve never had another kiss as passionate as that one.
The bigger star she became, the more I didn’t think I was good enough. One night, when she was out of town, I went to a bar with friends and ended up sleeping with another woman.
Over the course of a few years I cheated on her about five times, but I never told her until after we broke up. She was such a great girl who cared about me deeply, she even wrote her hit Dangerously in Love while we were together. That’s how in love we were back then.
Initially my intention was to take a break from our relationship so I could go to culinary school and make a name for myself. But when I headed to Austin to do the course she quickly moved on with her own life.
Once she began dating Jay Z, I knew we were doomed and I could never win her back. But I know that no matter what, she will always love me. I will always wonder ‘What if?’ and, given all we shared, I’m sure a part of her must feel the same way.