MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Multiple Wives – Not God’s Design

April 28th, 2005 Viewed 3357 times
This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleOne of the things that continues to hit me over and over again as I’m doing my reading through the Bible this year is the roles of men and women in the Bible compared to them now. I want to take a look at a few of the differences over the next few posts. As I’ve already discussed previously head coverings, clothing, hair length and Biblical Standards, I won’t rewrite my thoughts there– unless I have to.

The first, and probably most striking thing, about male/female relations in Bible times was the number of wives Biblical characters had and how the Bible is relatively silent in criticizing that fact. In fact, in one place in II Samuel, the Lord even says that he gave David many wives (in regards to his taking Bathsheba and sending her husband to his death).

A Faithful God

April 20th, 2005 Viewed 1307 times, 1 so far today

Sunrise at Window 5

So, I’m almost finished with the latest Left Behind book, “The Rising“. I think that the worst part about these books is that just the time that you’re into the story, figured out the characters and have trouble putting it down, it ends. That being said, this is probably the first book in the series that didn’t follow the usual big event and then the reaction pattern. In the first book, you had the rapture, and then people dealing with it. In this one, it’s all build up. That being said, there are twists and turns along the way.

Our Effect on Others

April 19th, 2005 Viewed 1237 times

Printer

Is anyone else upset at the cost of ink jet cartridges for printers? We have a digital camera, and have to print out our pictures. I have an Epson Color Photo 825– and I went to buy both a color and black and white cartridge last night. After the ink and the photo paper, the total cost was close to $80. And then they sell the next model printer for just about that. Talk about the Gillette Razor subscription model to the extreme.

What’s latest in the news… Does anyone else find it interesting that the cardinals use smoke signals to tell whether thier vote was successful? How about that it is a democratic decision to figure out who the next “Vicar of Christ on Earth” is? How is it that they cannot agree on the first three times? Shouldn’t it be obvious? Are they making someone the Pope, or recognizing that this person is? And what was the guy they chose before he became Pope? I mean, can their be multiples that are that close to God?

What’s Interesting?

April 18th, 2005 Viewed 1043 times

Da Vinci

I know, it seems like I hardly post anything any more! When I had these spells last year, I simply posted a story I wrote, but it’s been a while since I had inspiration or the time to write a short story. Though, I have to admit, there are times that I have had some inspiration.

Then there’s those times where I say “boy, that would make a good topic for the blog,” and then, when I get behind the computer, I promptly forget what I was going to write about.

He Behaved Himself Wisely

April 6th, 2005 Viewed 1466 times

Such an interesting statement to be said of a great man– a man after God’s own heart.  I speak, of course, of the man would would become King David.  Who among us could have performed as David did, being in
the King’s house knowing he was anointed to be the next king of Israel.

David had the appropriate respect for the King of Israel.  He would not lay a hand on God’s anointed when given the opportunity.  He thought it was presumptuous to be married to the King’s daughter, being just a
shepherded.  Yet at the same time he had the strength and courage to stand up to Goliath.  No wonder the people loved him.

Christian, in your workplace, or other places where you’re in a position of submission to another, how do you reverence that leader?  Not that they do not make mistakes, but do you behave yourself wisely?

I find that it’s a whole lot easier to critique, comment, and tear down someone in authority over you.  Be it a husband, boss, Pastor, President whomever, they deserve respect– in their presence and out of
it.

It something I need to learn to apply, something that David did and it was a reason that he was so close to God.

Service to God

April 5th, 2005 Viewed 1708 times

Saul made his fatal blunder last night in the passage that I read. The command was to go and destroy the Amalekites, since they had plagued the children of Israel on their way into the Promised Land. If I’m not mistaken, this was a fulfillment of prophecy that the Lord had against them. The command was to obliterate them from the face of the earth; however, Saul decided that he’d like the king around, as well as the best of the people’s livestock.

When Samuel appeared on the scene and asked why there were animals left, Saul made a good argument. He said that he saved the best to sacrifice to the Lord. He wanted to praise Him for what He had done. Sounds pretty plausible.

Then, in one of the most profound statements of the Bible, Samuel replies with “to obey is better than to sacrifice.” I can just see the look on Saul’s face. Here he thought he’d done something good– while at the same time he was already making excuses like “my men made me do it.” (They must not have had the now famous “the devil made me do it” yet.)

Looking back at it, it’s pretty obvious that Saul messed up. Yet we continue to do the same thing today. We derive a modern statement from this: “the ends do not justify the means.” How often do we justify what we do because we believe the end product will be good? In our work? In our dealings with others?

In our service to the Lord, do we look at the ends– people saved, lives changed, etc.– and justify poor means to get there– pressure/salesmanship tactics, unholy music or presentation, and the like?

How Quickly They Fall

April 4th, 2005 Viewed 881 times

I was reading in I Samuel last night.  There are a bunch of things that strike me as odd and telling…

The first is that the desire for Israel to have a king is not unique, but predicted in the law.  To me, it seems obvious that they should not want to go this direction because of the warning in Deuteronomy about it.  I keep trying to remind myself that the Scriptures were not as available to the people of Israel as it is to you and I.  Still, you would think they would know what they were getting into.

It is interesting to try to put yourself in the position of the children of Israel with the judges and then the kings.  They were lead with a mighty hand to Canaan, but then they started to neglect God and He stopped talking to them directly.  This linked into my mind how we are so zealous when we are first saved, and seem to gradually get more “mature” so that we aren’t taking as many controversial positions.  Hence why God also has to get us back into place through trials and suffering– ouch!  I wish we learned through easier means.

When Saul is first chosen, he doesn’t feel worthy.  He hides with the baggage!  Yet it doesn’t take long for the position to go to his head.  It seems that all these leaders start by not asking God for direction.  In a telling episode, it’s not that Saul doesn’t ask, but that he doesn’t wait for the answer.  First, in waiting for Samuel to come and do the sacrifices, and then about when to attack his enemies.

Saul was victorious over his enemies, but his distance from God grew greater.  It goes to show that we can do things in God’s name or what we think God would want us to do and end up farther away than we were
if we just waited on God’s timing.  It brings back to mind the phrase often used in the New Testament– “In the fullness of time.”  God waits until time is full, and then acts.  How about us?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.