“Biology or Sin?” January 16

 

Gentlemen, excuse me for a minute while I talk to the ladies. Ladies, have you been guilty of using biology as an excuse to disobey the second greatest commandment, to love your neighbor as you love yourself?

Rachel had stolen from her father and when he came looking for his property, she used the fact that it was “that time of the month” to cover her sin! Is it possible we do much the same thing in various ways?

Also, what was Jacob’s wrestling with God all about? Did Jacob “win” that wrestling match, why did he go away with a permanent limp, and what does it all mean? Why does God allow us to wrestle with Him in prayer sometimes?

 

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 31 & 32
Psalm 8.6-9
Proverbs 3.19-20
Matthew 11.1-30

 

Biology or Sin?

 

Genesis 31 & Genesis 32:

Traditions & Unburned Bridges

 

Today we’ll talk about Jacob and his divine wrestling match, but first, I want to comment on a couple of other passages.

Jacob has decided to take his two wives and his children and head home.

In 31.16-20 and 31.35 we see these two sisters, Jacob’s wives, express belief in God, “… whatever God has said to you, do it.”

The next thing we know Rachel has stolen her father’s household gods before they head off (31.19)!

It seems so ridiculous that once she knew the truth she could think there was any power in something made by man’s hands! And yet, don’t we come up with our own man made solutions instead of waiting on and trusting God?

Maybe, she “kind of believed.” How else could she explain how Jacob prospered in spite Laban’s schemes?

Maybe she found it hard to leave behind her family “traditions”? Remember many of the pagan people believed in many gods, not just one. Maybe she didn’t want to “burn any bridges” with those other “gods.”

Again, what about us? Do we say we trust God on the one hand, but “not burn our bridges” on the other? What are you hanging on to “just in case”?

 

The Manner of Women

 

And this one’s for us, ladies:

Jacob had left without telling Laban. Now Laban returns home and finds Jacob and his daughters gone, along with his household god.  Continue reading

March 27 “A time to help, a time to get out of the way”

Should believers should always lend or give to anyone who asks?

giving

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 15 & 16
Psalm 37.30-36
Proverbs 12.17-19
Luke 3.1-38

Deuteronomy 15 & 16:

Giving, lending, welfare & the church

Here we see a great picture of God’s attitude toward giving and caring for one another. God commanded the nation of Israel “open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need (v. 15.8). Then every seven years there was to be a release of debts and a release of servants from their bondage.

One definition of biblical love is “a sacrificial action for the benefit of another and the glory of God.” That’s the kind of love we’re to have for one another—not a love based on feelings, but a love that is active and rooted in our love for God.

Does that mean that believers should always lend or give to anyone who asks?

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March 21 “Where do you put your trust?”

Where do you put your trust? In being under the shadow of His wings? In your own natural abilities? Or in something else?

trust

Today’s Readings:
Deuteronomy 3 & 4
Psalm 36.7-12
Proverbs 12.7
Luke 1.1-20

Deuteronomy 3 & 4:

The blame game

One thing we talk a lot about in counseling is Matthew 7.3-5 and how we need to remove the logs from our own eyes before we point the finger at anyone else. Ezekiel 18.20 says, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

Yet, none of us is free from the tendency to want to blame someone else for our sins, even Moses. Look at his statement, “Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance” (4.21). Continue reading

January 16 “Biology or disobedience?”

Biology or disobedience

Gentlemen, excuse me for a minute while I talk to the ladies. Ladies, have you been guilty of using female biology as an excuse to disobey the second greatest commandment? Remember, lying is sin! 🙂

Today we’ll also talk about the importance of prevailing in prayer as we continue Jacob’s Bible saga and how our faithful God is willing to reassure us when we have doubts.

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 31 & 32
Psalm 8.6-9
Proverbs 3.19-20
Matthew 11.1-30

Genesis 31 & 32:

Hormones & obedience

Today we’ll talk about Jacob and his divine wrestling match, but first, I want to comment on a couple of other passages. In Gen. 31.16-20 and 31.35 we see these two sisters, Jacob’s wives, express belief in God, “… whatever God has said to you, do it.” The next thing we know Rachel has stolen her father’s household gods—idols! It seems so ridiculous that once she knew the truth she could think there was any power in something made by man’s hands! And yet, don’t we come up with our own manmade solutions instead of waiting on and trusting God? Continue reading