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12 November 2019

A Few Thoughts About the Gospel of Matthew



Notes
B1 Basically there are two parts.
C1 Part 1 has the Lord Jesus teaching all the people.
C2 Part 2 has the Lord Jesus emphasizing teaching the 12 Apostles.
B2 The Gospel (Good News) has been given recording the earthly life and teaching of the Messiah—Jesus (Yeshua).
B3 Little is given of his life before beginning His ministry.
B4 His genealogy is given to establish His credentials as a Jew. The rest of the Gospel is His ministry.
B5 He taught the true Law. He interprets it correctly which reveals that the teaching of the religious leaders had been corrupted.
B6 Matthew shows through prophecy and miracles that Jesus is Messiah. Jesus does many, even raising the dead. These are not false signs and wonders that might originate with God’s enemies (satan and evil people).
B7 At first, Jesus is widely accepted by the common people but not the leaders. When the people realize that He is not a conquering King but a suffering Messiah, they largely rejected Him and wanted Him dead. Their solution to problems is the death penalty.
C1 Messiah is prophesied in two comings—one as the suffering Messiah and the other as the conquering Messiah.
C2 Suffering Messiah (conquering death and sin): Isaiah 52:13-53:6 NLT See, my servant will prosper; he will be highly exalted. 14 But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. 15 And he will startle many nations. Kings will stand speechless in his presence. For they will see what they had not been told; they will understand what they had not heard about. Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm? 2 My servant grew up in the LORD's presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. 3 He was despised and rejected--a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.
C2 Conquering Messiah is coming
D1 He conquers those who rebel against God
D2 He comes as the King of the Universe
D3 He comes to rescue Israel at the end of the Tribulation: Zechariah 14:1-4 NIV A day of the LORD is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.
B8 His sermons teach the character traits of God and the kingdom of God and its laws.
B9 Jesus teaches in parables because the people have rejected and refused to believe His first messages to repent. They did not believe The Light, so God will still tell them things of the Kingdom but in the style of parables. The Lord still taught them, but parables are punishment for rejecting plain truth.
C1 John 5:40 NIV yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
C2 Hebrews 12:25 NIV See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 
C3 Matthew 12:41-42 NLT The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here--but you refuse to repent. The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here--but you refuse to listen.
C4 Matthew 12:41-42 NLT The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here--but you refuse to repent. The queen of Sheba will also stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for she came from a distant land to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
B10 Chapter 24-25 deals mainly with prophecy during the Tribulation. Most of it has not happened. These are not signs of the Rapture.
B11 His is successful in His role as Redeemer.
C1 He predicts it: Matthew 26:2 NLT As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.
C2 He initiates the New Covenant.
D1 With Israel:
E1 Ezekiel 37:26 NLT And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers, and I will put my Temple among them forever.
E2 Jeremiah 31:31-33 NLT The day is coming," says the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife," says the LORD. "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," says the LORD. "I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
E3 Jeremiah 32:40 NLT And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
D2 With Christians: Matthew 26:27-29 PickNT And taking the cup and giving thanks He gave it to them saying: "Drink of it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood, that of the new covenant, that which is being shed on behalf of many for forgiveness of sins. 29 Furthermore, I tell you that I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
E1 It is correct to read “New Covenant.”
E2 Wilbur Pickering in his translation notes writes: Here, and in Mark 14:24, perhaps 1% of the Greek manuscripts, of inferior quality, omit 'new' (as in the NIV, NASB, LB, TEV, etc.). The original reading, as also in Luke 22:20 and 1 Corinthians 11:25, is new covenant.
D3 The relationship between the New Covenant (Matthew 26:28), the Church (Christians), and Israel (Jews): Rodney Decker is quoted by Tommy Ice: The New Covenant, prophesied in the Old Testament to be made with Israel, was ratified at the Cross and implemented as a replacement of the Mosaic Covenant. It is presently the basis on which anyone relates to God and it governs the life of all believers. The church, though not a formal partner of the New Covenant, participates in the covenant both as a subject of its rule of life and as a recipient of promised Abrahamic Covenant blessings for Gentiles that have come through the Seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ
C3 He dies suffering for sins, paying the penalty for our sins, and shedding His blood for our sins:
D1 Matthew 27:46, 50 NKJV And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" ... And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
D2 Colossians 1:13-14 PickNT who delivered us out of the dominion of the darkness13 and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have the redemption through His blood,14 the forgiveness of our sins. (Pickering has this textual note: Through His blood" is omitted in some 40% of the Greek manuscripts, but the 60% include the best line of transmission. Without the shed blood of God's Lamb, we would have neither redemption nor forgiveness. Praise God for the Blood).
C4 He is buried: Matthew 27:59-60 NKJV When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
C5 He is risen: Matthew 28:5-6 NKJV But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. "He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
C6 His success
D1 Hebrews 7:25 CSB Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them
D2 Hebrews 9:11-14 CSB But Christ has appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), he entered the most holy place once for all time, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God? 

Matthew 28:18-20 WEL Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. 19 “Therefore, go, disciple all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 20 “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and lo, I am always with you even to the end of the world.” Amen.

20 September 2018

Two Styles of Leadership in Bible



Leadership Styles by Len

B1 There are 2 styles of leadership in the Bible.
C1 The shepherd
D1 The greatest example is the Lord Jesus
E1 Mark 14:27 MKJV  And Jesus said to them, All of you will be offended because of Me this night. For it is written, "I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered."
E2 Hebrews 13:20 MKJV  Now may the God of peace (who brought again our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
D2 The word shepherd is ποιμαίνω poimainō (verb) ποιμήν poimēn (noun).
D3 A shepherd feeds, gathers, carries, and gently leads. Isaiah 40:11 NKJV  He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.
D4 He provides. Psalms 23:1 GNB  The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
D5 He lets us rest. His provisions are the best. Psalms 23:2 GNB  He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
D6 He gives us strength. His leading is always the best and good. He keeps His promises. Psalms 23:3 GNB  He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths, as he has promised.
D7 He comforts and goes with us even in the scariest, most fearful moments imaginable: Psalms 23:4 GNB  Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, LORD, for you are with me. Your shepherd's rod and staff protect me.
D8 He makes us feel honored. He protects us from our enemies even when they are near. Psalms 23:5 GNB  You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me; you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.
D9 His goodness is to us. He loves us. Our home will be with him forever. Psalms 23:6 GNB  I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life; and your house will be my home as long as I live.
D10 If we lose our way, He seeks for us. Matthew 18:12-14 GNB  "What do you think a man does who has one hundred sheep and one of them gets lost? He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hillside and go and look for the lost sheep.  13  When he finds it, I tell you, he feels far happier over this one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.  14  In just the same way your Father in heaven does not want any of these little ones to be lost.
D11 He is willing to die for us. John 10:15 NKJV  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
D12 Wants us to imitate His lifestyle. 1 Timothy 4:12 NKJV  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
C2 The hunter
D1 The greatest example is Nimrod. Genesis 10:8-9 NASB77 Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth.  He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.
D2 Keil & Delitzsch state in their commentary of Genesis 10:8-9: Nimrod “began to be a mighty one in the earth.” גִּבֹּר is used here, as in Gen 6:4, to denote a man who makes himself renowned for bold and daring deeds. Nimrod was mighty in hunting, and that in opposition to Jehovah (ἐναντίον κυρίον, lxx); not before Jehovah in the sense of, according to the purpose and will of Jehovah, still less, like לֵאלֹהִים in Jon 3:3, or τῷ Θεῷ in Act 7:20, in a simply superlative sense. The last explanation is not allowed by the usage of the language, the second is irreconcilable with the context. The name itself, Nimrod from מָרַד, “we will revolt,” points to some violent resistance to God. It is so characteristic that it can only have been given by his contemporaries, and thus have become a proper name.
D3 This is the leadership style of satan—rebellious, dictatorial, psychopathic, murderous, etc. He wants to control everything including thinking, actions, speech, work, etc. in every area of life. There is no free will; it is not allowed. Those who disagree will be hunted down and dealt with.
D4 Church leaders of this sort are called out and by name by the Apostle John. 3 John 1:9-11 NKJV  I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.  10  Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.  11  Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
D5 All of which is fueled by pride.
D6 An overriding trait is CONTROLL.
D7 A list of traits from the Dictionary of Bible Themes by Manser.
E1 Self-interest: Philippians 2:3-4 WPNT Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard one another as being better than yourselves.  Let each of you look out not only for his own concerns, but also for what concerns others.
E2 Pride in one’s position: James 3:1 WPNT My brothers, not many of you should become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. [Alford comments: The more the idea prevailed, that faith, without corresponding obedience, was all that is needful, the more men would eagerly press forward to teach: as indeed the Church has found in all ages when such an opinion has become prevalent: for then teachers and preachers of their own appointing have rapidly multiplied]
E3 Love of worldly things: 1 John 2:15 WPNT Do not love the world, neither the things in the world; if anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. [Pickering comments: The crucial issue is the values that the surrounding culture seeks to impose on us—materialism, relativism, humanism; these values are directly opposed to the Father’s values, and therefore to His love.]
E4 Follow the crowd and/or pervert justice: Exodus 23:2 NIV - Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.
E5 Worldly thinking: Romans 12:2 NLT - Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [See also Colossians 3:2, 2 Timothy 2:4, Titus 2:12, and James 4:4]
E6 Desire for money: 1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV - Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
E7 Find pleasure in wicked things: 2 Thessalonians 2:12 NIV - and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
E8 Following false gods of any type or form: Deuteronomy 12:30-31 NIV - and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same." You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
D7 God judges these types. Note how these types of leaders hurt the sheep in every way possible. They are abusers.
E1 Ezekiel 34:17-22 GNB  Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats.  18  Some of you are not satisfied with eating the best grass; you even trample down what you don't eat! You drink the clear water and muddy what you don't drink!  19  My other sheep have to eat the grass you trample down and drink the water you muddy.  20  "So now, I, the Sovereign LORD, tell you that I will judge between you strong sheep and the weak sheep.  21  You pushed the sick ones aside and butted them away from the flock.  22  But I will rescue my sheep and not let them be mistreated any more. I will judge each of my sheep and separate the good from the bad.
E2 Jeremiah 23:1 GNB  How terrible will be the LORD's judgment on those rulers who destroy and scatter his people!
E3 Zechariah 10:2-3 NKJV  For the idols speak delusion; The diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd.  3  "My anger is kindled against the shepherds, And I will punish the goatherds. For the LORD of hosts will visit His flock, The house of Judah, And will make them as His royal horse in the battle.
B2 Which one are you?

31 May 2018

Answering Critics Series: The Bible & Women


The Bible and Women

Answering Critics Series
A1 The problem
B1 Some quotes from “Christians”
C1 Even as the church must fear Christ Jesus, so must the wives also fear their husbands. And this inward fear must be shewed by an outward meekness and lowliness in her speeches and carriage to her husband. . . . For if there be not fear and reverence in the inferior, there can be no sound nor constant honor yielded to the superior. –John Dod: A Plaine and Familiar Exposition of the Ten Commandements, Puritan guidebook first published in 1603 (Source)
C2 The second duty of the wife is constant obedience and subjection. –John Dod: A Plaine and Familiar Exposition of the Ten Commandements, Puritan guidebook first published in 1603 (Source)
C3 Tertullian: Rather to affect meanness of appearance, walking about as Eve mourning and repentant, in order that by every garb of penitence she might the more fully expiate that which she derives from Eve, - the ignominy, I mean, of the first sin, and the odium (attaching to her as the cause) of human perdition. “In pains and in anxieties dost thou bear (children), woman; and toward thine husband (is) thy inclination, and he lords It over thee.” And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert - that is, death - even the Son of God had to die. And do you think about adorning yourself over and above your tunics of skins?" (Source: Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 4, Tertullian, Apparel of Women, Part 4 Apparel of Women.)
B2 Some quotes from non-Christians
C1 Charles Darwin wrote on the subject female inferiority through the lens of human evolution. He noted in his book The Descent of Men: "young of both sexes resembled the adult female in most species" which he extrapolated and further reasoned "males were more evolutionarily advanced than females". Darwin believed all savages, children and women had smaller brains and therefore led more by instinct and less by reason. Such ideas quickly spread to other scientists such as Professor Carl Vogt of natural sciences at the University of Geneva who argued "the child, the female, and the senile white" had the mental traits of a "grown up Negro", that the female is similar in intellectual capacity and personality traits to both infants and the "lower races" such as blacks while drawing conclusion that women are closely related to lower animals than men and "hence we should discover a greater apelike resemblance if we were to take a female as our standard." (Source)
C2 Aristotle: Another example is Cynthia's catalog where Cynthia states "Aristotle says that the courage of a man lies in commanding, a woman's lies in obeying; that 'matter yearns for form, as the female for the male and the ugly for the beautiful'; that women have fewer teeth than men; that a female is an incomplete male or 'as it were, a deformity.' (Source)
A2 The solution
B1 Bible
C1 The Bible is the only source of 100% truth.
D1 When it quotes someone, it is not necessarily inspired but is 100% accurate truth. The Bible has quotes from the devil, who obviously has “...no truth in him…” (John 8:44).
D2 2 Timothy 3:16-17 CSB - All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Inspiration is God overseeing the writer is such a way that every word and thought is approved by God.
C2 The Bible must be interpreted in the plain, normal sense.
D1 God is perfectly and completely wise. He knows how to communicate perfectly. We do not need to redefine words or give a certain interpretation to help God explain. A good example is 1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV - who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Calvinists interpret this to mean not all people but only all kinds of people. The passage, however, states all people; there is no word in Greek for kinds. God is perfectly wise and knows how to communicate clearly.
D2 There is no excuse to state we can safely reject this because it was only written to that generation.
C3 Do not interpret the Bible through the filter of theology or a system of interpretation, for example, Covenant Theology or Dispensationalism.
B2 Women
C1 Created in God’s image.
D1 Genesis 1:27 CSB - So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female. The word man is אָדָם 'adam.
D2 Genesis 5:2 CSB - he created them male and female. When they were created, he blessed them and called them mankind. The word mankind (human) is אָדָם 'adam.
C2 The word help meet (KJV) is עֵזֶר`ezer which means a helper. This word is used most often referring to God.
D1 Psalm 33:20 CSB - We wait for the LORD; he is our help and shield.
D2 Psalm 70:5 CSB - I am oppressed and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.
D3 עֵזֶר`ezer is not a word describing a lesser or lower caste. It is an equal or even greater.
C3 Of Adam it is said: Genesis 2:18 NLT - Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." [Emphasis mine]. All of creation was judged good by God except for Adam.
C4 Adam had abilities, gifts, and insights, but not everything he needed. He is not God who is perfect in every way. Eve had abilities, gifts, and insights, too. Together they have a more complete understanding.
C5 So today my wife has abilities, gifts, and insights that I do NOT have. WE can make a better decision and understand situations better because of the greater insights both have. Two are better than one. She is very valuable and precious.
C6 Loved equally by the Heavenly Father: 2 Corinthians 6:18 NLT - And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.
B3 Some important women in the Bible
C1 Eve
D1 The mother of all living: Genesis 3:20 CSB - The man named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living.
D2 Sinned, but was deceived (Adam deliberately, premeditatively sinned): Genesis 3:13, 20 CSB - So the LORD God asked the woman, "What is this you have done? " And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." ... The man named his wife Eve because she was the mother of all the living. AND 1 Timothy 2:14 CSB - And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.
E1 Some creepy commentators believe Eve deceived Adam. That is a LIE.
E2 Adam sinned willfully. He knew was he was doing. He did not believe God (lack of faith). He failed the test—a very easy test. All of creation was cursed by God because of Adam’s sin. Romans 5:12 CSB - Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned. [Emphasis mine]
E3 Eve told the truth: “I was deceived.” Adam blamed the woman, God, and everything else: Genesis 3:12 CSB - The man replied, "The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate." Adam was the first human liar.
D3 When Eve figured out everything that happened, she probably wanted to punch Adam out and leave. God reminded her that she was still to desire Adam.
E1 Really evil commentators believe that Eve wanted to rule the world and boss Adam around. They are very, very wrong.
F1 Desire is used 3 times in the Bible:
G1 Translations
H1 First a correct translation: Genesis 3:16 CSB - He said to the woman: I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children with painful effort. Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will rule over you.
H2 Here is an example of a very evil translation: Genesis 3:16 NET - To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your labor pains; with pain you will give birth to children. You will want to control your husband, but he will dominate you."
G2 The word desire:
H1 It is the Hebrew word תְּשׁוּקָה tesh-oo-kaw' (Strongs H8669).
H2 It means desire, a longing for (towards). It does NOT mean to rule, conquer, boss around, control, etc.
H3 It’s root is שׁוּק, shook (Strongs H7783), which means to run after, desire, to long for. It has NOT mean rule, conquer, boss around, control, etc.
F2 Genesis 4:7 CSB - "If you do what is right, won't you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it." Sin desires, longs for. James 1:14-15 GW Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death.
F3 Song of Solomon 7:10
G1 Song of Solomon 7:10 NKJV I am my beloved's, And his desire is toward me.
G2 Song of Solomon 7:10 GW I am my beloved's, and he longs for me.
G3 Song of Songs 7:10 CSB - I am my love's, and his desire is for me.
E2 It would be better to understand and interpret the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
D4 Eve did receive punishment: pain in childbirth.
D5 Eve received the promise of the coming redeemer. Adam received nothing except punishment. Genesis 3:15 CSB - I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
C2 Deborah
D1 She was a prophetess and judge in Israel. Gideon was only the general in the army.
E1 Judges 4:4-5 CSB - Deborah, a prophetess and the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to settle disputes.
E2 Deborah being judge and prophetess is NOT because there were no qualified men. God chose HER.
D2 She was also a songwriter and mother. Judges 5:1, 7, 12 CSB - On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang: ... Villages were deserted, they were deserted in Israel, until I, Deborah, arose, a mother in Israel. ... "Awake! Awake, Deborah! Awake! Awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and take your prisoners, son of Abinoam!
D3 She gave the command to Barak to start the battle. Judges 4:14 CSB - Then Deborah said to Barak, "Go! This is the day the LORD has handed Sisera over to you. Hasn't the LORD gone before you? " So Barak came down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him.
D4 Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, finished off the battle by punishing Sisera with a hammer and tent peg. Judges 4: 17-21
C3 Mary, the virgin mother of our Lord Jesus
D1 Had a love for God that was rare in her day. Jesus said that if we love Him (God), we will obey Him. Luke 1:38 CSB - "I am the Lord's servant," said Mary. "May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel left her.
D2 Believed God: Luke 1:45 CSB - Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!
D3 Was one of the few who was loyal even to his death: John 19:25 CSB - Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
D4 Was found in prayer and meeting with the other believers: Acts 1:14 CSB - They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
C4 Mary Magdalene
D1 Was the first at the tomb of Jesus: Matthew 28:1 CSB - After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb.
D2 Was the first to see Jesus Christ risen from the dead: Mark 16:9 CSB - Early on the first day of the week, after he had risen, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.
D3 Testified to the Apostles that she had seen the Lord Jesus alive (resurrected). She was not believed, possibly because she was a woman. Luke 24:10-11 CSB - Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them were telling the apostles these things. But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women.
C5 Philip the Evangelist and deacon had 4 daughters who were prophetesses: Acts 21:8-9 CSB - The next day we left and came to Caesarea, where we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven, and stayed with him. This man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
C6 Phoebe, the deaconess: Romans 16:1 RSV - I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea.
B4 How men especially husbands are to treat their wives
C1 Love is a choice, not necessarily an emotion. Ephesians 5:25 CSB - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. How many husbands love their wives that much? Love described in the next point.
C2 Love expresses itself in thoughts, desires, words, and deeds, but it is noted by all people with theses characteristics: 1 Corinthians 13:5-8a WEL Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn't brag about itself, is not haughty, Doesn't behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn't easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, Doesn't rejoice in injustice, but rejoices with the truth, Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
C3 Husband and wife are partners in life facing joys and difficulties as one. Each supplies their gifts and abilities equally.
C4 Love shows its fruit as this: Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
B5 If the husband does not treat his wife such, he does not love her.
B6 If the husband abuses his wife in any way, she must leave, divorce, and have no contact. If no contact is impossible (children), then low contact. Divorce already has been addressed in another message.
A3 Applications
B1 God said it was NOT good for Adam to be alone.
B2 Women, in particular wives, are a special creation.
B3 How we treat our wives is noticed by God. He will judge if that treatment is not up to His standards.
B4 Abuse is always wrong and proves the husband does not love his wife.
B5 If there is abuse, the wife must leave.
B6 So how are you and I going to treat our wives?
B7 Love for our wives must be the same in public or in private. Our treatment of them the same in public or private.
B8 Women are to be respected, their opinions sought, and treated as an equal human being.
B9 Confess any sin that you have done wrong towards them. Ask God for forgiveness.
B10 Now go and love your wife, your daughters, your granddaughters, mother, grandmother, etc.
A5 Finishing verses which are good to memorize:
B1 Ephesians 5:28 So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself.
B2 Ephesians 5:33 But every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands.
B3 Colossians 3:18 Wives, place yourselves under your husbands' authority. This is appropriate behavior for the Lord's people.
B4 Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and don't be harsh with them.

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