Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Gospel of 3:16 - Exodus


“Now be on your way. Gather the leaders of Israel. Tell them, ‘God, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I’ve looked into what’s being done to you in Egypt, and I’ve determined to get you out of the affliction of Egypt and take you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, a land brimming over with milk and honey.”’
“Believe me, they will listen to you. Then you and the leaders of Israel will go to the king of Egypt and say to him: ‘God, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness where we will worship God—our God.’
“I know that the king of Egypt won’t let you go unless forced to, so I’ll intervene and hit Egypt where it hurts—oh, my miracles will send them reeling!—after which they’ll be glad to send you off. I’ll see to it that this people get a hearty send-off by the Egyptians—when you leave, you won’t leave empty-handed! Each woman will ask her neighbor and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewelry and extra clothes; you’ll put them on your sons and daughters. Oh, you’ll clean the Egyptians out!”
Exodus 3:16-22, MSG

Moses on Mt. Sinai

I quoted Exodus 3:16-22 so I could cover the complete thought that God is sharing here. He was telling Moses to return to Egypt to escort his family - all of Israel, actually - out of the country and into the Promised Land. This setting is just prior to all the plagues the Lord judged Egypt with. God is giving Moses his marching orders as he had graduated the “backside of the desert” boot camp.

We all know the story of how God delivered Israel out of Egypt using Moses as their General and Aaron their priest to guide the way. It’s been in the movies and a lot of books of History and fiction. This is where He had Moses write that information down for us to learn from all these years later.

Let us follow the example of Moses, not Pharaoh, when it comes to following God’s instructions.

A Christian's Priorities

This Poem was taken from Titus 1:6-9. I know that the passage is directing Titus on how to choose Elders and Deacons for his local congregation, but I believe like my Pastor, Bro.  John Wiltse, that ALL Christians are called to be ministers of God's Word to the world. The word minister is another word for servant. As followers of Christ, we are His servants ... His ministers. So I have written this poem to remind us of this important part of our calling to follow Jesus. I hope you enjoy it and take its words to heart.
Sister Leigh

A Christian's Priorities

Unquestioned integrity, we must possess
As Believers in the image of Christ’s Righteousness
Faithful and true to our spouse
No polygamy or adultery does He want in HIS House.
Our Children must be raised in the Christian faith
And not given to lawlessness or fits of disgrace.
Our character must impeachable be
And our household affairs kept orderly
For we are agents of God and His love
And must manage His home as He would above
We must not be aggressive, easily angered or given to drink
These things cloud our minds, we can’t clearly think
We must not be violent, greedy or seek financial gain
Instead should be hospitable, and desire only godly things
Discreet and fair-minded, self-controlled, holy in our living
Defending the Faith, no matter what we’re given
So learn from the past your Christian priority

February 17, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Gospel of 3:16 - Genesis

A journey through the Bible’s Verses, their context, and meanings …

… With the 3:16 Address

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16

This verse is the beginning of God’s judgment and sentencing of mankind and Satan. This is His judgment and sentence on Eve, and all women after her, for her role in the fall of mankind. We all know the story of how the serpent deceived Eve in the garden, talking her into eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Well, the Lord was telling her that she was going to desire pleasing her husband and from that desire she would conceive and bear children.

Though the King James Version quoted above uses the word sorrow, the Aramaic word used has several meanings:

  • pain, hurt, toil, sorrow, labor, hardship
    • pain
    • hurt, offense
    • toil, hardship
Childbirth can be painful, or it can be a blissful job, a job with great labor. But I don’t think this is exactly what the Lord was speaking of. For you see the rest of the sentence said that Eve's desire would be after her husband and he would rule over her, giving her guidance and direction. Having and raising the children of this desire was going to be a chore to her … a lifetime commission of work to guide and instruct those she had born.

As women, this is our commission too. We were designed to be a helper purposely fitted to complement our husbands and assist them with running the family so that he can conquer the world, or at least his little corner of it. We are to train for this purpose, this life at the feet of our mothers, grandmothers and other wise women of our community, our church family.

Many women, both believers and unbelievers, have thrown away their purpose for the lies that Satan was spewing in that Garden so very long ago. I had thrown it away, too.

But thanks to God’s Salvation and renewing of my spirit, I have been reborn. And as a woman of God, I have decided to follow after Him and His plan for my life … His desires are becoming my own.

Thank you, Jesus, for new life in You and a new desire to serve You as You created me to. AMEN!