“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

“Generational Sin & the Slippery Path” November 13

 

Generational Sin & the Slippery Path - Watch out if you find yourself looking over the top of the steep and slippery path of sin! Sin has consequences and when it gets its hooks in us it will often take us father and deeper into heartache than we ever imagined. But what about generational sin? What does it mean that God "visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations"? Is our sin sometimes the fault of our parents or some other person who abused or sinned against us in some other way?

 

Watch out if you find yourself looking over the top of the steep and slippery path of sin! Sin has consequences and when it gets its hooks in us it will often take us father and deeper into heartache than we ever imagined.

But what about generational sin? What does it mean that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations”? Is our sin sometimes the fault of our parents or some other person who abused or sinned against us in some other way?

 

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 17 & 18
Psalm 124.1-8
Proverbs 28.21
Hebrews 9.1-28

 

Generational Sin & the Slippery Path

 

Ezekiel 17 & 18:

Personal Accountability

 

Chapter 18 talks about our personal accountability before God. We will not be able to stand before Him and say, “I did that because of the home I grew up in,” or “I acted like that because of who I was married to,” or “That’s just my personality!”

Neither can we get into heaven because we were brought up in a Christian home or because our parents are Christians. And it’s not enough to simply believe “in God.” We must agree with God that we are sinners in need of His forgiveness and grace and turn to Him personally, in faith, and receive His gracious gift of salvation. As Jesus told Nicodemus, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 

Generational Sin

 

But some people talk about generational sin. Apparently the people in Ezekiel’s time talked about the same subject. They even had a “proverb,” not as in God’s inspired book of Proverbs, but a saying, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” (18.2). Continue reading