The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
2 The Lord is great in Zion;
he is exalted over all the peoples.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!
Holy is he!
4 The King in his might loves justice.
You have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the Lord our God;
worship at his footstool!
Holy is he!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
They called to the Lord, and he answered them.
7 In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
they kept his testimonies
and the statute that he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
9 Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy!
And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Much easier to stay on the most traveled, well worn paths of the work a day world. A resume comes to you, someone knows someone and they are looking for work. A personal email/letter to you is accompanying the resume. Yes, the applicant has had a rough path. He has cheated his dying father. But he was young & his mother helped him. Sure, he was a run away during his father's dying, but he went to work for a relative for years. Years. And he did great work. The relative/boss cheated him. Then he stayed with the cheating employer for years. Sure, he has his way with women and ... women servants. And yes, he did put the women servants in harm's way when his dangerous brother came to call. Oh, yeah. He does have an angry, violent brother who terrifies him.
This man needs work. He has 12 sons and a daughter. He's a great father. Except he favors two of the children. One son, slightly more than the second. The kids are angry, but come on - the man needs work. One of his sons was killed in a wilderness trip. He is willing to leave his beloved promised land and relocate. He is the kind of man to wrestle with great difficulties. Look at the years of work record - this man is even willing to change his name if you promise him eternal loyalty and steadfast love.
So please, make Jacob your banner. He will make a great CEO.
Our God is might to save. And forgiving, seeing the intentions of the heart in difficult situations, forgiving the intentions of the heart in difficult matters.
maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
‘The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
So where do we draw the line. Jesus was definitely hearing from the Pharisees about friends He kept.
I've heard teachers of the Bible say, guests in their home - married or not - sleep in the same room. I've heard people host Bible Study and clean up from their significant other. Later to look both ways and tell the group - they are cohabiting. These facts are accumulated over the years and not meant to point current fingers.
I volunteer where we talk to people about their sex lives - freely - at the Pregnancy Assistance Center.
I've been considered regarding my morality. And frankly, I find that pleasing to have morality thought about. I was pretty sure after seeing mature Christian Singles, the culture and the easy breezy life - we had forgotten about morals.
Why. Why don't teenagers who have their parents going to Church regularly hear abstinence. Two words. Safe sex. I've met five women in two years who are pregnant on the full strength injectable Depo Shot. I know and love someone conceived on their mom's five year birth control pill run.
We are still a Nation not thrilled with the Divorce rate. Baylor Statistics Class says Americans succeed - yes succeed, in their marriages - 2 out of 3 times. The third group marries and marries and marries and the statistic is 50% will remarry again.
The stability of all nations rely upon families who help each other.
What does the Bible say from the Author of Sexual Intercourse?
Read the Song of Solomon where you find out - God is Pro Sex.
Imagination, Longing, and BOUNDARIES are the keys.
If you go past the longing - there are some constants. Delighting in the one you love - not wandering off. Chapter 8, verse 12 says Solomon is busy, busy and implies this is not the path for the woman in verse 12. Her garden is for her beloved.
Verse 8 and 9 is even more to the point. Love making is for two people. And the people near love making are to be protected from it. Especially the young.
Song 8 tells us of personal histories are well known between the two lovers. This union is well considered and is be intimate. The woman says when love occurs it doesn't need to be enticed - this is a fullness of the right time given by God.
Chapter 7 ends saying my love is only for my love.
The Author of this Book, God, does say this is His Gift to His People.
And continues with this:
1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
We hold more often to the traditions of men and I'm sad to say, morality is not usually discussed for fear of looking priggish, becoming over-bearing, being judgmental to look suave, when what we need to consider is the fate of the family involved. What God would hope for them. What God has established as boundaries for children to learn.
Falling into sin happens. So let me say to my child - I pray for you. Do you know these early years are the most likely to conceive. Why put yourself - EVER - in the position to conceive a child unless there is The Way to say I love you - I'm here for you forever. When Real Love Occurs - The Song of Solomon says - it's not enticed - God finds a Path for that Love.
And I applaud the men who make sure their woman is cared for. My youngest son's friend married his wife while in the Army. I fully understand there are military rewards for marriage. Yet this young man said to his girl friend, when I return home, I want people to understand, I'm with my wife. They were states apart, and they married civilly. And after his time with the army was over, he and his wife will celebrate their marriage in Church. Because now they live as marrieds. And they have taken the time to marry in His time. For life.
God says HE loves us so much, why don't we believe this and love ourselves? Ask more from one another and expect God to Bless what He will Provide.
1 Timothy 1:5
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †