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God’s design for marriage!

Scripture reading for January 27th: Matthew 19, Psalm 18:30-42, Proverbs 5:1-6

Marriage is an institution that God created Himself with a purpose.  A marriage between a man and a woman was to provide companionship for both the man and woman throughout their lives.  God determined that it was not good for Adam to be alone and that he needed a suitable helpmate.  (Genesis 2:18-25)  Marriage was also for procreation and the raising of godly children who would know and serve God.  (Malachi 2:15-16)  God knew that this could best be done by a man and a woman in a covenant relationship.  Their love for each other and God would provide an environment that the children could learn about His love for them.

But sin entered the world through the first couple, Adam and Eve.  They decided that they could do life by being like God themselves and disobeying His one command to them.  This brought death to their relationship with God and strife to their own relationship.  Work had sweat and toil and childbirth had pain.  There was tension between them because they both wanted to be in control and God had set an order in the home.  The man was to be a priest and protector but sin marred his ability to do that right.  The result was broken families, multiple marriages, fighting and bickering and children who were not raised to fear God!  God’s heart was broken for the children that should be His and take His glory to the world!

Jesus was asked a question to trap Him concerning divorce!  “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”  “Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that God made them male and female,” and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6)

God’s design was clearly stated by Jesus Christ.  He strongly advocated marriage, between a man and woman (not two men or two women!)  God joins them together and man should not separate what He has joined.   Jesus went on to teach that Moses allowed divorce because of hard hearts, not God’s design.  The only exception given where divorce was allowed was adultery.  Let’s pay attention to God’s design!

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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Taken Up Into Heaven!

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ!  Another week has passed so quickly and the first day celebration is upon us!  We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord on the first day of the week.  It is something to celebrate because without Jesus’ resurrection, we would have no guarantee of resurrection.  He is the first to be permanently resurrected from death and the grave.  Elijah was picked up by a chariot and Enoch was taken up living as he walked with the Lord. Please join others in worship, prayer, and study of the Scriptures this celebration day!

As I look back on this past week, I want to comment on Jesus’ ascension to heaven as recorded by Luke.  Jesus led his followers out to Bethany, the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus as well as Simon the Leper.  He lifted up His hands and blessed them.  As He was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  (Luke 24:50-52)  In Acts, Luke records Jesus’ answer to the disciples question about if He was going to restore the kingdom to Israel.  Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem until they received power to be witnesses in Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. (Acts1:6-11)   A cloud hid Jesus from their sight as He ascended to heaven.  Luke records two men in white apparel who told them that Jesus would return in the same manner as he went into heaven.

These records of the ascension bring hope to us.  Jesus left His followers with a clear command and mission.  He encouraged them to wait in Jerusalem for the promised gift of power.  He also informed them that He would be  back, but did not leave a date or time.  He did this so that every generation would seek to be ready.  We know God’s word is true and Jesus did not lie.  He is waiting for all who will be saved by the obedience of His followers.  He is watching us exercise our faith and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  What an exciting mission!  What amazing power in the Holy Spirit!  What hope we have of Jesus return!  It could be today!

In His Love,

Pastor John

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