Tag: spiritual adultery
Scripture reading for September 5th: Hosea 1-3
Hosea was a unique prophet called by God to let his whole life, marriage, and his children become a prophetic word to God’s people. Hosea was told by God to marry an adulterous woman named Gomer. God’s plan was to show Israel how they behaved toward Him and give them a visual picture of His love for them. (Hosea 1:2) His children’s names also would speak to God’s people of their spiritual condition.
Hosea married Gomer and took her as his wife. She conceived and bore him a son. The Lord told Hosea to call the son “Jezreel”, because He was going to punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel and put an end to the kingdom of Israel. (Hosea 1:4) Gomer also had two daughters and they were also named by the Lord. One was Lo-Ruhamah which meant “no love left” and the other was “Lo-Ammi” which meant “not my people”. God was telling the Israelites about a coming judgment on their nation because of their adultery against Him. He wanted them to be reminded every time they saw the prophet and his family of their own state and God’s word spoken through those children’s names. (Hosea 1:4-8)
As we read this prophet’s story, we must look in our own hearts for spiritual adultery and idolatry! (Hosea 2:5-6) Have we turned away from loving God with all our hearts? Have we run after the things of this world and trusted in our own strength and abilities rather than God? Do we belong to Him alone?
As Hosea was commanded to take back his unfaithful wife and buy her back from her adulterous lovers, so God has done the same for us! (Hosea 3:1-2) Christ died to deliver us from slavery to demonstrate His love for us! (Romans 5:8) Hosea also told Gomer to leave her life of adultery and he would live with her. Today, God tells us to depart from sin and live a holy life or we won’t see the Lord! (1st Peter 1:14-15)
Jesus Christ is coming back for His Bride, the Church! She will be a glorious Bride, without spot or wrinkle, clothed in the white linen of His righteousness! Check your life today and check your robes! Your loving Husband could come today!
Scripture reading for July 5th: Proverbs 5-9
“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. for the lips of an adulteress drip honey and her speech is smoother than oil. But in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.” (Proverbs 5:1-5)
Solomon’s warning to his sons stands as a warning to men of all ages and times. Many have heard these words and read them, but failed to heed the warning and experienced the promised results. Headlines blare every day about another famous person, politician, minister, or actor who has committed adultery. For some, it has become a badge of honor! What is more shameful are those who call themselves followers of Christ and are found caught in this sin.
Satan has used women and sexual desires to cause the ruin and death of many throughout history. Solomon’s own father, David, succumbed to the temptation of adultery and his sin has been read about for over 3000 years! Solomon, himself, had over 1000 women in his harem. These wives were his downfall, because many worshiped idols and they brought idolatry into Solomon’s life! Sexual sin and idolatry always go together!
Many men recklessly believe that they will never be caught in their adulterous forays. But God sees everything ! (Proverbs 5:21) God promises us that the cords of our sin will hold us fast and we will die for our lack of discipline! (Proverbs 5:22-23) God holds each person responsible for their choices and conduct.
Adultery is a deadly sin that defiles many people. Death and the grave are both mentioned more than once as a consequence of this sin. (Proverbs 5:5) (Proverbs 7:27) Adultery leads to regret, depression and misery in most cases. (Proverbs 5:9-14; Proverbs 6:33) Families are broken up and children are caught in a stressful situation that they have no control over. Retaliation by the husband of the adulteress could cost your life! (Proverbs 6:34-35) Solomon may have been referring to sexually transmitted diseases when he wrote of taking fire into one’s lap. (Proverbs 6:27) Please pay heed to God’s wisdom and keep away from the adulterous woman. Let discretion guard you each day! The passing pleasure is not worth the eternal consequences!
Scripture reading for February 26th: Deuteronomy 17-20
“When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it to capture it, do not destroy its trees by putting an ax to them, because you can eat their fruit. Do not cut them down. Are the trees of the field people, that you should besiege them? However, you may cut down trees that you know are not fruit trees and use them to build siege works until the city at war with you falls.” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20)
This unusual title and Scripture passage probably has you wondering if I have gone “green”! No, I’m not a “tree hugger”! In this passage of Scripture, God was laying down rules for making war and how the Israelites were to fight under His direction. God was going to be with them and fight for them and give them victory over their enemies. They did not have to do it all themselves!
God wanted His people to have victory and after the battle to enjoy the fruit of living in the land. A tree takes a long time to grow and produce fruit. Cutting it down can be done in a very short time. In war, most pagans destroyed everything in the land and did not hesitate to use even the fruit trees to destroy a city. God was with His people and they were to be compassionate and think about the future needs of those who would reside there. God’s compassion and love are evident here!
Fruitful trees are like fruitful people! The righteous man is likened to a tree planted by streams of water that yields fruit even in a dry year. (Psalm 1:3) He meditates on God’s law and draws life-giving water from God’s river of life. Another Psalm likens the righteous to a palm tree planted in God’s house, bearing fruit in old age. (Psalm 92:12-15) Fruit bearing trees are blessed by God! However, trees that should bear fruit but don’t, are under a curse. Jesus cursed a fig tree because it had no early fruit and it dried up immediately! (Mark 11:12-14, 20-21)
I am not sure these passages are necessarily related. God has used trees as examples of both righteousness and wickedness in the Bible. He cares for creation! He cares for His people! Give Him praise today for His care of you and do your part to care for His creation!