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A Word for the Wise

2-22-2021 – A Word for the Wise – ON SIN

I want to address a type of sexual sin that is rarely addressed, and a consequence that goes with it. I give this forewarning so some who want to avoid thinking about it, will be able too.

I will address only one of this class of sins but the results are the same for the whole class. The scripture reference is Leviticus 18 and all of the examples fall into the same category.

Now I will address a biblical incident in the light of the Leviticus passage and it will clear up the interpretation of a long standing incident.

In Genesis 9 we read of this incident, but let me retell it and see if it makes more senses.

A couple of years after Noah left the Ark he planted a wine vineyard. He got good and drunk one afternoon and passed out.

His wife, we do not even know her name, was overcome with sexual desire and standing at the door of her tent which was next to her husbands, was only partially dressed.

Ham was passing by and she invited Ham in, undressed and proceeded to have sex with him. When finished as he was leaving she told him to tell Shem and Japheth of the good time he had and invited them in as well.

Ham did tell them of his adventure, both boys were shocked, went to her tent with a blanket not even looking at her, covered her up and left.

Ham’s sin is classified as ‘uncovering the nakedness of his father’.

As you look at Leviticus 18, this whole class of sin is addressed. What is of great interest is verses 19-23. Apparently this class of sin is equated and in the end the same as devoting self, and the result, to the evil god Moleck. Ultimately such newborns were offered as living burnt sacrifices to Moleck.

But read that whole section look at this whole class of sin which scripture sees as similar.

Noah understood this about his nameless wife, and the child Canaan became representative of the consequence. As always you are free to disagree about the example, or even the interpretation as applying to the example.

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2-19-2021 – A Word to the Wise – Our help is in the Lord, if the Lord who was on my side….. February 14, 2021

I am diabetic, I use insulin and have for over 30 years. As was usual I checked my level on my G6 before bed, it was high, I injected insulin, however there is a problem, the needle bent unknown to me until I looked down saw that it had bent and the insulin not been injected so I supposed. I redid it.

Went to bed. At 2 am. The Lord woke me up. Get up. “Look at your G6. It showed 140 B/S, ok no problem. Look at it again. The arrow showed straight down it was dropping fast. I had doubled the amount of insulin. I knew immediately.

I quickly drank 32 oz. of milk, no impact, 32 oz of juice, now it had hit 100 still straight

down. I got Lisa and Mary up it was now 70 still dropping the G6 alarms went off. Downed 15 dextrose tablets. What to do the roads were iced over Lisa said the device estimated 15 more minutes, and now at 55 B/S. Then 50……

If the Lord had not got me up when He did, even 5 minutes it would have been too late to do anything. There had been no warning symptoms, only the Lord. Our help is in the Lord. Has the Lord ever rescued you?

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2-3-2021 – A Word to the Wise – I WANT TO ADDRESS RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS THAT OFTEN OCCUR:

To be direct discussing the difficulty will bring to light many examples from every person’s life. My examples come from dealing with a Server, while I am an Exhorter. But this occurs between any two individuals who do not have the same gift. That does not imply one should marry a person that has the same gift for that creates even more severe problems.

First, I will give and example out of my life, but it is only an example, you the reader will immediately have your own examples and the mistakes you encounter in much the same manner that I have.

Some of these examples will sound astoundingly ‘dumb’ but that only reflects the degree it might affect a relationship.

In the 9th grade I was required to take Algebra. Almost from the first day a term was used that I could not comprehend which led to a failure in the class twice. In fact twenty years later the Lord gave me a problem to solve which required a knowledge of Algebra. I did the assignment and the result was astounding.

I know this is going to sound ignorant on my part you will laugh until you understand the same thing has happened with you.

The word was ‘set’ that term reflects an important process in Algebra. I still do not understand the concept sixty years later. Do not laugh and try to ‘educate’ me. That is not the point.

Let me give you some examples that others have difficulties with. Almost universally Prophets do not understand paradox. It does not compute to them. The rest of us find it simple. We often find examples of paradox in scripture. Example Mark 1:40ff.

The Server does not process emotions (in fact several of the gifts have this problem) so when one of the emotional gifts encounter this difficulty it seems incomprehensible.

A book was written several years ago with the theme that some people have emotional IQ’s approaching zero. I concur.

Example, when you say love to a Server, it means action, do something. With a Mercy it means feel something. In real life the Mercy, and Exhorter find it impossible to bridge the gap for the physical gifts when discussing a feeling.

Starting to see the complexity of the problem? An example from my marriage. Do not mention this to my wife it would be like talking to me about ‘sets’ or a Prophet about paradox.

On second thought I better not tell the story I can just hear you laughing about it and calling her and she would be devastated. (I have managed to be married 57 years by keeping silent at times.)

But that shows you how deeply we may be affected by what others consider a problem easy to solve. These situations are not easy and in fact have been the root cause of many marital break ups.

As a counselor it has led to giving strange unusual odd, weird projects for clients to do. Years ago I encountered such a difficulty with a person and gave them a very simple task. They trusted me, did what I ask and after doing it they understood. (Since this person has a sense of humor and I would rather you laugh at them than me the assignment was to go to church barefooted! They did not understand why, but did it and it help solve the problem.

“See that was so much easier than telling my embarrassing moment.” However, if when that person looks back and sees the difference between what they were and what they are they would be astounded that such a simple task led to major relational changes.

My dilemma at this point is to give more serious examples of these type roadblocks caused by these situations, or just leave it for you to see it in your own relationships.

After consideration I have an example. I was raised in a situation that required that you wash clothes and then hang them outside to dry, after all it is free. My daughter thinks I am crazy, (and the HOA agrees they outlaw outdoor cloth lines) my wife has a different solution. She puts them in a dryer until they are 85% dry then hangs damp clothes on door knobs, chairs and other objects to finishing drying. None of the three of us comprehend the strange behavior of the other and any attempt to confront the odd behavior leads to a major battle.

Our purpose here is say all of us do and say things that may not make sense to others. It requires compassion and empathy on the part of each one of us when living with others.

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2-1-2021 – A Word for the Wise – Seven things occur in the realm of the intellect, which affect anger: ON ANGER

1. A person has to decide not to give oneself permission to get angry. Anger is predicated on a willful decision. This decision may be made in an instant of time, in days, or even years. Even as young children when hurt or disappointed, we struggle with the decision whether to be angry and act out or not.

2. The mind must choose to take responsibility for its anger. Even if the other party is 99.9% at fault for an offense, we must take full responsibility for our anger and its expression.

3. One must choose to see anger through the eyes of the one offended. Usually we excuse our anger, failing to feel what the other person sees and feels by our acting out. We detach ourselves from the pain we cause. We must choose to see, hear, and feel the results of our anger.

4. One should search for past offenses, which are similar to those in childhood. Situations, which were never resolved, and that are re-experienced or re-enacted in the present with attitudes, or behaviors, like those in the past.

5. Anger is often an indicator of past guilt over offenses towards others. Our anger is reminiscent of these sins.

6. Forbearance is a characteristic, which powerfully affects the angry mind. Scripture tells us to be slow to speak. Forbearance with others acts out this biblical injunction and stems the angry tide.

7. The chief trait, however, that protects the mind from the type of activity which leads to or breeds anger, is the quality of humility. Humbling one’s self removes the breeding ground for anger.

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A Word to the Wise

1-31-21 – A Word to the Wise – Wisdom is not intellect, nor knowledge, it may be founded in humanism, or God inspired. You have to choose its source, or not.

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A Word to the Wise

1-28-2021 – A Word to the Wise – A bit of insight:

Too the degree you fear the Lord, to that same degree others will fear you.

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1-12-2021 – A Word to the Wise – On Submission:

Submission is a conjunct of obedience. One under authority receives praise for obedience and admiration for their submissiveness.

Many view the marriage relationship for the woman as one of obedience. When the wife does not measure up to the husband he charges her with failing to be submissive. This kind of thinking reflects two major errors. First the woman is not a child that must obey her husband. The two are to be submissive to each other.

Furthermore, a husband should not charge his wife with failing to be submissive just because she has a different viewpoint. Submission is voluntary. Submission is a trait for which one receives praise not judgement. Something that is voluntarily given is not subject to the whims or demands of another.

Notice the traits of submission. Such traits are not things one demands of another. They are more accurately, a reflection of one’s strength of character. Submission is the little child who wishes to please—not the slave who is beat into submission. What is submission?

Submission is a reflection of one’s character.

• Submission is treating others deferentially.

• Submission is yielding one’s rights to another.

• Submission is voluntary obedience.

• Submission reflects a quiet spirit.

• Submission treats others better than self.

• Submission is non-resistant to evil.

• Submission displays patience in the face of adversity.

• Submission is preparation to invest in others.

Notice how each of these traits reflects a quiet gentle spirit. This is achieved internally, not by proclamation, commandment, or demand.

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1-11-2021 – A Word for the Wise – On Faith

We have a tendency to think that faith is inherited, or that it comes from hearing alone. I do not know about you but it has never been so with me. Faith is a struggle that comes from hardship, and unbearable difficulties. Speaking on it my mother use to say that faith comes from periods of intense struggle followed by great insight, ending again with another impossible mountain to climb. Most certainly as James says faith is made complete by endeavor and that is the goal is it not . . . fruit bearing?

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1-4-2021 – A Word to the Wise – Further study on the Motivational Gifts

1. The gifts are of equal value.

2. Each person is given one as assigned by the Lord.

3. The only time absolute equality may be observed for all mankind is at the point of conception after birth many other factors have to be considered as considered as influencing the value of the gift.

4. The assignment of task and purpose for that person is therefore determined at conception.

5. Each person from the point of conception has free will and may choose to perform the assigned task or refuse it as they mature.

6. Scripture reveals this pattern all throughout scripture. Those who succeed in the task assigned, those who refuse, and those attempt to fulfill the goal, and either succeed, partially succeed, or fail.

7. Man interprets the value from their perspective and decide on failure or successes by humanistic standards a standard not relevant to the Lord’s perspective.

8. That these standards existed from the beginning and examples of their equality or value offered.

9. Although Paul describes the gifts in the context of a Christian it is not to be restricted to the person devoting their life to the Lord. Conversion only compounds its value.

So let’s give examples of this assignment at birth, some indicators that the person has the free will to use it according to God’s decree, or in pride use it for their own purpose and glory.

The first man Adam was given the gift of organization. So the assign task given was to name all of the animals grouping them according to kind. (Gen. 2:9)

Eve, his wife, was give the gift of exhorter, to search after wisdom. Gen. 3:6 relates the woman desire to make one wise, which is the chief purpose of the exhorter.

Cain is born and the Lord gives him the gift of giver. Material things are all important to Cain. When his manner of life and purpose falls short of God’s purpose the Lord tries to correct Cain. (Gen. 4.7). Cain refuses the correction.

Abel, is second born, a mercy. Abel is a follower (Gen. 4:8) and like a sheep Cain leads him to be slaughtered.

It is apparent from the beginning each person is given a gift and those gifts are of equal value. Each person is given a task and they choose the course of action, both good and evil.

So support the assertion that a course of action is assigned with the gift along with the ability to perform the assigned task or not.

Pharaoh in the time of Joseph is an example of a Prophet. He is obviously a leader. He is perceptive about good and evil in those he rules over. He knows his own limitation and chooses Joseph to do the task God sent him to perform. He did not interfere with Joseph the organizer rather gives him all the tools and authority to complete his task. Both followed the Lord’s direction and the task assigned was completely satisfactorily. (Gen. 50:19)

We learn of Moses the giver that he is assigned task of leading God’s people. He did not want to but did as directed. The Pharaoh, at the time of Moses also a giver, was given the task of releasing God’s people. He has a choice, do as he was directed with the authority God gives him. He refused.

Esther, a mercy, was raised up to save God’s people. Mordecai reminds Esther of the task God raised her up for, however if she refuses then God will replace hr. (Esther 4:13)

Ahaz, a teacher, I given the task of trusting the Lord before His people. He is overcome with anxiety. Given the choice of standing firm with the Lord’s help he refuses. (Isa. 7).

I Kings 13 we learn of a future king Josiah, who will come in the future and his action are described for the future hundreds of years in advanced. He did exactly what the Lord assigned him to do, but he had a choice to be prideful or do things the Lord way.

Many more examples could be given prior to Christianity, each person seen in the context of his gift, with a choice of action.

Each of the gifts are view of equal valued, given to rich and poor alike.

Now examples of the gift assigned in the womb. Judges 13. The story of Samson. A server. In verse 3 we have a barren woman she is told she will conceive and what care is to be given for the raising of the child, and the task assigned. . Samson preformed part of the task assigned by the Lord, and partly failed.

Even more specific is the story of Jacob, a giver, and his brother Esau, a server. The two infants are fighting in the womb. Already given their gifts and future task.

How do we know their gifts? Jacob wants the material things of Esau the birthright. He fought tooth and nail for the material wealth of Laban. Esau cared less. Moreover, 20 years later we still see their gifts at work. Jacob coming home with material possessions. Repeatedly offering material things to Esau, prized things. Esau did not want the material things he refused. He just wanted his brother’s acceptance. (Gen. 27-31)

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12-30-2020 – A Word to the Wise – I want to clarify my use of the Romans 12 passages on the gifts for those who read my material.

Definitions and use of my interpretations of Romans 12 should be seen in terms of all mankind. It may indeed have a wider interpretation for the present day church. However I am using it as a definition of all mankind and a pattern of all creation

For the purpose of my studies I am limiting it to a detectable pattern of God’s creation that has always existed. With the advent of the church this basic building block was enhanced by the Lord. However we are looking at it in a narrower context which allows one to utilize it to communicate and understand God’s creation.

The purpose for seeing it in this narrower context allows one to utilize the material in a global context rather than just the church. Further it helps one understand both Christian and non-Christians context. It allows us to use the understanding with self, family, friends, at work, even with our enemies.

One may see these traits in individuals going back to creation. With the advent of Christianity we have the Lord intensifying them in Christians. However the root gift has always existed. The abilities identify us as God’s creation. The traits are apparent in both good people and evil individuals; in Cain, and Jezebel, as well as Elijah and Joseph.

This therefore is the chief reason I refer to them as ‘motivational gifts’, as opposed to ‘spiritual gifts’. Moreover, in the Romans passage in the Greek, they are not called ‘spiritual’ gifts rather just ‘gifts’.

This usage thus explain s why one sees some negative traits in a ‘good’ person and some positive traits in a ‘bad’ person. We are all God’s creation and are imprinted with some attributes of His character. Therefore we may all be potentially ‘found’ by Him when we are lost or alone. Just as we brand animals that identify ownership, the gifts identify God’s ownership. Some, or many wander off, but may be found again because of these inborn traits which identify ownership. Some, never return to their owner.

Over the next few weeks I may have more to say about the gifts but those remarks must be seen in this context.

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