“The Adultery Test & the Sovereignty of God” March 4

 

The Adultery Test & the Sovereignty of God - Is there any such thing in the Bible as an "adultery test"? And, if so, what would an Old Testament law about jealousy and possible adultery have to do with us? Read more about the adultery test in today's reading.

Is there any such thing in the Bible as an “adultery test”? And, if so, what would an Old Testament law about jealousy and possible adultery have to do with us? Read more about the adultery test in today’s reading.

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 5 & 6
Psalm 30.8-12
Proverbs 11.1-3
Mark 8.22-38

 

The Adultery Test & the Sovereignty of God

 

Numbers 5 & 6:

The Adultery or Jealousy Test

 

Numbers 5 contains a passage that is difficult to understand and, at first glance, seems highly slanted against women, but it’s important to study it in light of God’s sovereignty and in light of other Scripture.

Verses 11-31 describe a ceremony to be performed when a man suspected, but couldn’t prove, his wife had committed adultery. The husband was to bring his wife before the priest along with an offering. The priest would have her stand before the Lord, a important point in all of this. He would ask her under oath whether or not she had been with another man. She was to drink “bitter water” to which had been added dust from the floor of the tabernacle and scrapings from the oath to which she had sworn.

If she was guilty the water would make her extremely sick, but if not, it would have no effect. She would be declared clean, set free, and able to bear children.

 

Remember the Sovereignty of God

 

First, we must remember the purpose of these laws was to maintain purity in the camp. God had determined to dwell with the Israelites and He could not dwell with hidden sin.

Remember, also, that the Sovereign God of the universe oversaw the outcome. He was in control and He knew the guilt or innocence. The same law that condemned a guilty woman also vindicated an innocent one so she didn’t have to live under suspicion.

Matthew Henry in his commentary on the Bible said that even under the law, the Continue reading

March 4 “The law of jealousy – unfair to women?”

What does an Old Testament law about jealousy have to do with us today?

jealousy

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 5 & 6
Psalm 30.8-12
Proverbs 11.1-3
Mark 8.22-38

Numbers 5 & 6:

The adultery or jealousy test

Numbers 5 contains a passage that is difficult to understand and, at first glance, seems highly slanted against women, but it’s important to study it in light of God’s sovereignty and in light of other Scripture.

Verses 11-31 describe a ceremony to be performed when a man suspected, but couldn’t prove, his wife had committed adultery. Continue reading

January 15 “Soap operas & novellas”

Rachel

Daytime TV has nothing on the Bible. So why would God include the deceit and scheming, love and rejection of imperfect people in His Holy Word?

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 29 & 30
Psalm 8.1-5
Proverbs 3.13-18
Matthew 10.21-42

Genesis 29 & 30:

Love, deceit, & God’s plans

Who needs soap operas and novellas? We’ve got love and rejection; envy and jealousy; scheming and deceit; greed and contention. Reality TV has nothing on this group! If it wasn’t for the love and mercy and patience of God, He might have given up on the human race a long time ago. Instead, He carefully carried out the plan He has had since before the beginning of timeā€”to send His Son to save us from ourselves!

There are so many things we could talk about in these passages. Imagine for a minute that you are Leah. Apparently she didn’t have what it took to be considered beautiful in that culture. Verse 17 says her eyes were “delicate.” They may have been pale, considered a blemish. The NASB says, “And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.” The comparison to Rachel says it all.

I wonder how she felt as the wedding neared, being the older sister and still unmarried. Now imagine the wedding party is going on, the wine is being poured, people are singing and dancing. Imagine how that conversation with her father might have gone.

Dad: “Honey, I’ve got an idea. I haven’t told your mom yet, but since you haven’t been able to attract a man, I’m going to take care of it. I’ll sneak you into the bridal chamber in place of your sister.” Continue reading