Saturday, February 23, 2019

HUSBANDS, WIVES AND THE “IMPREGNABLE ROCK”

Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 7

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

The Bible is featured in front of the Temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth. My son put it there. I think he had the right idea. The ancient temples are in ruins, but as Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away" Matthew 24:35.

The Bible is featured in front of the Temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth. My son put it there. I think he had the right idea. The ancient temples are in ruins, but as Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words will by no means pass away” Matthew 24:35.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 7:3 responding

Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.

 

The first verse of today’s reading tells us that 1st Corinthians is the answer to a letter from believers in the church there. Paul is responding, not dogmatically, not claiming every word is from God, but as a caring counselor. We may want to reread verses 6,12, 25, and 40. Notice statements such as, “I say this as a concession,” and, “But to the rest I, not the Lord say:” “Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord.” “I think I also have the Spirit of God.” This letter is “The Word of God,” not in the sense that God spoke directly here, but in the sense that it is an accurate record of Paul’s best advice as the one who had led many of these very people to Christ in the first place. In the city of Corinth there were approximately 800,000 precious souls. Many of them may have messed up in their marriages. Those tabloids with horror stories of messed up marriages found at the checkout counter would’ve had big sales there. To all, Jesus says, “Come to Me” (Matthew 11:25-30).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Dear Jesus, I come to You, as the old invitation song says, “Without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me, and that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come.” I’d love to hear those words sung again (click here). Help me to pay attention to Paul’s advice, even if he does not claim it’s directly from You. Help me to listen carefully to my Pastor also. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I must not make the mistake of thinking all Paul writes is in the personal thoughts category. Almost all he writes is distilled from the Word of God Himself in the book that Paul knows so well, the scrolls of his Hebrew Bible. Paul was educated in the most prestigious rabbinical school of his time. He writes 99.9% of the time with the full apostolic authority of God, Himself. No doubt he had memorized huge portions of God’s Word. Paul’s main teacher was Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel. Hillel is, to this day, perhaps the most respected teacher in all of Judaism.

Some may remember that after I stepped aside as leader of the Crossroads ministry, I was given the title by the Board, “Minister of Social Concerns.” Paul was obviously carrying the “Social Concerns” portfolio here in chapter seven. In this role, I’ve participated in debates, appeared before government committees, etc. I’ve also sought to encourage the strengthening of Canada’s social safety net. I’ve tried to stay above politics and concentrate on the moral principles that should guide us to a better, more caring society. I’ve tried to avoid stepping into the quicksand of situational ethics, keeping my feet firmly planted on what the former British P.M. Gladstone (who negotiated with Canadians on our non-violent separation from Great Britain) called, “The impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture.” In fact, Gladstone sponsored three tours of his country by the American Evangelist D.L.Moody.

Yours from someone who aims at 100 words, but rarely succeeds,

David

Ruins and pieces of pillars can be seen at the Temple of Apollo in old Corinth.

Ruins and pieces of pillars can be seen at the Temple of Apollo in old Corinth.

14 thoughts on “Saturday, February 23, 2019

  1. Amen to the photos, scripture and message. Grateful that David always went over 100words for our benefit. Dearest saints in the Lord, may you who are weary today, be lifted up by the Holy Spirit who lives and breathes within. May your hearts be filled with His unending love that seeks to make us His own. Oh, that we, His children of God, may be lights in this world, and one day, we shall be reunited, back home in eternity. All for His glory. Amen.

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
    2 Timothy 4:7

    Matt Redman – Gracefully Broken (Audio) ft. Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-nv1VozB1k

    • Stay safe Bevelee, the storm that is approaching Prince Edward Country looks very bad. I pray for safely for you and all who will be effected by the high winds and snow, We will be getting a little less here(I am hopeful) in Greater Toronto, blessings to all whether you are concerned with the storms of life or the bad weather. 1Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

  2. Thanks,Beverlee.David’s words were never empty.Beautiful worship song.God bless

    Where He Laid

    My name is Paul,I was the worst,
    For I beat and killed God’s chosen
    When I had an unquenchable thirst,
    For my heart was captive and frozen.

    But then one day I was made blind,
    So that I could see truth and love,
    When I met more love than I could find,
    For I was made low from above.

    The god of this world keeps us bound
    Until the Truth sets each one free
    And the chains fall freely to the ground
    When grace gives sight that we all may see.

    So I will serve Him all my years,
    And since my debt is fully paid,
    My face will be washed in happy tears
    For the tomb is empty where He laid.
    GW (Bill) Marshall/‎24 ‎August, ‎2017

    • Amen Beverlee. I watcfhed some of it; Lord I ask for your intervention for the family and the community. In Jesus Name I pray; especially for the mother!!

  3. having difficulty walking, please pray for me, my left knee does not bend without
    great pain. and my left lower back seem to be the cause of it.
    Thank you…Jesus is able to do more than we ask; Amen!!

    • OH, Irene. I am so sorry to hear this news. Have you seen a specialist? We pray to you, our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and to the sanctity of the Holy Spirit. Wrap Your loving arms around our dear sister-in-Christ, Irene and help her walk, Lord. Ease her pain, give her comfort and strength, and give the doctors wisdom as how to treat her. In Jesus precious Name, we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

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