January 5, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 2

Before sin entered the world and our relationships, we see a picture of the perfect marriage. In fact, it’s the passage Jesus referred to when the Pharisees tried to test him by trying to find hypocrisy in his views on marriage and divorce. Jesus goes back to the verses we read today where God outlines the beauty of marriage. We know that people were created for relationships with other people, (specifically for a person of the opposite sex concerning marriage) in v. 20. When God creates woman out of man, he sings poetry to her (v. 23) and God then gives some important truths (and helpful reminders) about marriage in v. 24-25.

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Three Important Truths About Marriage from this Chapter:

Prepare for marriage by becoming who you want to be as a husband/wife later.

This includes the man leaving his parents (v. 24a) to set himself up to be the protector, provider, leader, sacrificial lover he’s created to be. A lot of men aren’t marriage material because they have never become independent or mature enough in their faith to lead in such a way. That’s why God says the man should leave his first home in order to pursue and hold fast to his future wife and home.

Two People Become One Flesh in Marriage.

You can’t be selfish in marriage because you are not your own anymore. What’s yours is hers and what’s hers is yours. Marriage is when two people become one and illustrate the same covenant we received when saying yes to Christ in our lives. We are one in Him and in marriage we are one with the other, co-partners in life and marriage.

Marriage is freeing.

I can’t stand hearing the jokes about marriage being a prison, the “ol’ ball and chain”, feeling trapped. These jokes and underlying feelings are there because of what happens in the next chapter in Genesis (sin entering through the Fall). If anything, v. 25b shows that marriage is freeing. They lived with each other with freedom and no shame. That’s how marriage should be. Sexual temptation and sin outside of marriage shouldn’t be as prevalent. Jealousy should be taken care of and although we’re imperfect sinners, you’re bonded through a covenant with a perfect Savior in which you can trust that He has given you a partner for life and an intimate love relationship that is flourishing in the freedom that God gives you through marriage.

So if you’re not married, are you taking steps to prepare for it? Are you too selfish to look at your marriage or future marriage as two becoming one? Do you look at marriage or your future marriage as a trap or freeing?

By: Erik Koliser

August 31, 2015

Today you should read: Leviticus 16

When you read Leviticus 16 you begin to see how much God detests sin. We forget… we see our sin as trite, harmless acts that really don’t matter all that much. After all – just a prayer of confession and we’re good right?

Thank God for the cross! Jesus paid it all – all our sin was laid on Him and He atoned for it.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

Before the cross – the only bandaid for sin was animal sacrifice. The steps were detailed and laborious.

  • Young bull and ram sacrificed for the priest’s sin (v.3)
  • Wear the right priestly clothes in the prescribed was (v.4)
  • Two male goats for a sin offering a ram for burnt offering (v.5)
  • One of the goats for a sin offering – one as a scapegoat (v.9-10)
  • Incense and burning coals (v.11-13)
  • Sprinkle the blood from the bull seven times (v.14)
  • All done the correct time involving the correct participants

All of this and more – just to temporarily “atone” for the sins of the people. Every year – over and over. Then God sent Jesus to become the eternal sacrifice for our sins.

It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world… And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:4-5a, 10

 Some things to Ponder on Today…

  • The cost and seriousness of our sin
  • The price Jesus paid
  • The awesomeness of being completely forgiven

Posted by: Tim Parsons