I will pick up on this theme in part 2 of our precious children. I would ask for prayer for children everywhere that they remain safe and secure with loving parents. Oh Lord put a hedge of protection around our children and keep them safe from any and all harm. In Jesus name. Amen!
The word therefore is key here because it brings the previous four verses to an apparent conclusion. The second key word to this verse is must. It places a key emphasis on obedience to the whole matter of this conclusion. One must be in subjection to the person that God has put in Authority. There is not even one iota of wiggle room here. The populace must be in subjection to the authority that God has put in charge. Then God puts the clause in as to why. The first Clause is to avoid his Wrath. The his in question is not the authority’s Wrath but God’s Wrath which can be significant or worse. But then God provides us with a better reason. We are to obey for the sake of conscience. God doesn’t want us to feel bad for a poor decision or to not obey the authority. If we choose not to obey our conscience will be troubled in some manner for it’s only human to do so. God always wants us to make the right decision so our conscience is not in question. Is this happening today? Not really especially from the opposite party. They are voting as a block to withhold any support from the president. And the strange thing to the American people is that things are going pretty well right now. Remember how everyone thought that a Democrat would be winning the White House? All the polls had Hillary Clinton winning and the Press was saying the same thing. Well as Gomer Pyle might say, surprise surprise! Now all the polls are saying that the Democrats are poised to take the House and Senate. That doesn’t make sense because if Americans are happy with the authority, why would they not keep his party in power to continue the good times? Are these polls controlled by the Press to get rid of this president? Keep in mind what verse 5 says. To obey to avoid God’s Wrath which the Democratic Party might face in November. Scripture does not lie. If for no other reason the American public must cast their vote for the sake of their conscience and not for any political party. I hope you have enjoyed the series.
On my family property in Michigan we used to have an orchard of apples, pears, and cherries. Occasionally we had to prune back the branches to get more fruit. I’m sure the tree, if it could talk, would be groaning because pruning can be painful, not so much for the actual tree, but for you and me. Pruning is different then discipline. Spiritual discipline is to correct error while pruning is to bear fruit of a spiritual nature such as the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5. I should add that without the Fruit of the Spirit the gifts of the Spirit are meaningless. Where in these statistics do you find yourself? More importantly, are you willing for God to prune you? And what areas of your life need pruning the bear more fruit? We shall pick up there in part 2.
1st Corinthians 13 gives a great description of what love is. Faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.
The above is an outstanding description of what love is all about. How would you have answered each of those questions? You see, that is the love test. What a great spiritual exercise that would be between you and your significant other. I have often said to husbands that you are to to love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. What Higher Love could you offer your wife than that? Wives are to be submissive to their husbands as to the Lord. I would each of you fare in that regard
In the bedroom you are equal. How often have you heard, not now I have a headache or I was too busy at work tonight? God is an equal opportunity Lord. I will continue this discussion in part 2 when I turn to the book called the song of Solomon.
Article 4 section 4 of the Constitution of the United States states that the United States is a republic and not a democracy. America is governed by the Constitution supposedly. Islamic immigrants to our country demand that Shahira law accompany them to our Shores. If they desire that law so much, why did they leave their native country to come to America? Assimilation plays a key role in immigration. One’s cultural aspects may be blended into our system but not one’s cultural laws for we have our own laws governed by the Constitution of the United States. If you opt for your own legal system why would you come to America? A cultural blend adds to America’s culture but we don’t need a new legal code as our constitution stands apart quite nicely. It covers our means of governance. English should also be a requirement for citizenship. Immigrants need to acclimate to our governance and not the other way around. They need to blend into our society adding what they can to make it better. America is a nation of immigrants but only according to our governance and according to our constitution as nothing else will do.
Are you familiar with this poem? It is found on the Statue of Liberty Overlooking New York Harbor. Give me your tired your poor. What does this mean according to the laws of the land? Can any country take in the immigrants of the entire world without limitation or restraint? The Bible is quite clear on immigration. But largely under the law.
Mishpat is a Hebrew word for rule-of-law. That means that immigration must be connected to law and that the term illegal immigration must be addressed. What does the word illegal mean? Not according to law. Every Sovereign Nation has laws otherwise it becomes a lawless Nation. The United States, for example, has a process for immigration under the laws of the land. My grandparents came into the United States from Lithuania under proper immigration law. They just didn’t come here and claim they were citizens. They had to go through the process of becoming citizens. Every Sovereign Nation deals with this issue. Can you imagine a country like Romania taking in every single immigrantsii in the world? The United States has laws to deal with immigration in the proper format. Even our country has limits to what they can do. Yet when immigrants cross the border illegally they should not be imprisoned in cages but should be dealt with humanely.
The Democratic Party wants open borders so perhaps they should bear the responsibility of adopting an immigrant family until they can feed and clothe themselves and support themselves lawfully. Has this ever been addressed by our country? One difficulty is there would be a language barrier at first. Reeducation at an older age can be difficult. There are also cultural differences to be considered. I will go into more of that in part 2.
What exactly is the fear of the Lord? On Everybody Loves Raymond Robert was once asked that and he said, we have the fear of the Lord we’re all scared to death. That is not the meaning of the phrase. Quite the opposite in fact. It is a reverence of his holiness. Are you aware that many ministers call themselves Reverend?
God is the only one that should be called reverend.
We should all be Halloween his name in glory honor and praise. The reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And knowledge of the Lord is understanding. How much knowledge of the Lord do you possess? How often do you meet together in his word? He is there right now waiting for you. Come let us reason together says the Lord.