March 20 “Wives, are you rotten?”

Rotten—it means something that is decaying or infected.

Ladies, our Proverbs passage tells us we can be like that to our husbands! But we have a choice. We can, also, choose to be like crowns bringing them honor through our lives.

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Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 1 & 2
Psalm 36.1-6
Proverbs 12.4-6
Mark 16.1-20

Second law

Deuteronomy 1 & 2:

Deuteronomy means “second law.” God through Moses sums up the events of the Exodus: their travels, their failures (including Moses’ own), their successes. It’s not really a “second law,” but a repeating of the law. It is the last of the first five books of the Old Testament, also called the Pentateuch.

Some scholars believe it’s the most important book in the Old Testament. So stay tuned in the days to come for a great walk through Deuteronomy.

He preserves man & beast

Psalm 36.1-6:

Verses 1-4 talk about the wicked. The last phrase says, “He does not abhor evil.” Have you ever met someone like that, someone who seems to enjoy his wickedness? Some even brag about the fact they’re headed for hell! But the last two verses remind us that God is still in control no matter how much evil we find in the world around us.

Verses 5-6:

5 Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains;
Your judgments are a great deep;
O LORD, You preserve man and beast
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An excellent wife or …

Proverbs 12.4-6:

Verse 4 says, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.”

Wives, do you do things which cause your husband shame? The way you talk? The way you dress? The way you criticize him in front of others? Does he consider you a “crown” to him or “rottenness in his bones”?

And husbands, do you value what God values in a wife? What are you doing to help her become that “excellent wife”? Do you love her sacrificially? Do you pray for her? Do you read and study the Bible with her?

Ephesians 5.25-26, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.”

He is risen!

Mark 16.1-20:

I love those three words in the middle of verse 6, “He is risen.” Think about that as we approach this Easter season. He is risen! He who was dead is alive! Death and the grave could not hold Him!

Closing Thoughts:

Does your life reflect the fact that we serve a risen all powerful Savior? Do you rely on His grace to help you become the man, the woman, the friend, the husband, the wife, the son, the daughter … He’s called you to be?

Blessings,
Donna

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