Tag: Romans 1:18-20
Scripture reading for June 14th: Romans 1
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Romans 1:18-20 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
Paul’s letter to the Romans is a revelation of the gospel message of righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. In these verses Paul clearly states that all men have had the opportunity to see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature through God’s revelation though creation. Even though men have this revelation from God, Himself, they suppress this truth in unrighteousness. They purposely block out what God clearly has revealed. This willful suppression brings an ongoing revelation of God’s wrath upon them because sin brings death! This wrath is seen in God giving men over to their sinful desires. This willful exchange of truth for a lie leads to immorality with ever-increasing depravity.
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers realize that God has revealed Himself to all mankind through creation. They call people to account with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, revealing the only way to righteousness–through faith! “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
Scripture reading for August 22nd: Ezekiel 16-19
How many of you are reading this just to find out what was “x-rated” in the Bible? Ezekiel 16 should contain an “x-rated” warning for graphic and explicit sexual content and violence. God knows how to use the street language of the day to get the attention of the people. If you really want the street language in today’s vernacular, you should read this passage in the Message Bible by Eugene Peterson. I read it to my adult Bible class and many were blushing!
In this chapter God explains how He saw the nation of Israel and how they were given life by Him. They had been born in sin and were covered with iniquity but God had mercy on them. God Himself had given the command “Live” and they received life! (Ezekiel 16:6-7) They grew up to become His beautiful bride and He clothed them in fine linen clothes and gave them fine jewelry. They were given ear rings and nose rings and even a crown for their head. They were to be a bride of royalty! (Ezekiel 16:10-14) In fact they became His queen and their fame spread among the nations!
Then a strange thing happened. God’s Queen decided to become a prostitute. God stated that she had become proud and trusted in her beauty and fame! She went up to the high places and spread her beautiful garments and offered sexual favors to all who passed by. She took some of her expensive jewelry and made cheap idols and engaged in prostitution with them! Sex with an idol can’t be too fulfilling! (Ezekiel 16:15-18) She worshiped her idols by offering the food God provided to them in idolatrous worship! She even offered her sons and daughters to the idols by sacrificing them in the fires! What a strange and twisted mind this beautiful woman had!
On top of all that, instead of being paid by her lovers, she paid them to come to her! It was a strange kind of prostitution! (Ezekiel 16:32-34) She had paid for favors from the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians and even the Philistines! All of this behavior was going to bring God’s wrath and the curse of sin upon His people! (Ezekiel 16:37-40) She would reap the fruit of her illicit activities by being handed over to her lovers. Those lovers would strip her and leave her naked and bare and bring destruction on the land and houses. God’s hope was to turn His Queen back to Him again.
As we think about this story, we can listen and be warned ourselves. Many in the church today are compromising their devotion to Christ and His holy word. They are justifying their illicit sexual idolatry and claiming to belong to Christ. They throw their children into the fire by using abortion to satisfy their need to be able to choose not to be responsible for an unwanted child from their immorality. They claim God’s favor and blessing when they are really under His wrath because they have never truly repented. (Romans 1:18-20) Maybe it’s time for another reading of this x-rated prophetic warning!