We review all comments before posting them to reduce spam and fensive content Comment Name * Email * Save my name email and website in this browser for the next time I comment. “ in is not found by pursuing happiness or self-fulfillment in is discovered by practicing self-sacrifice …How does this play out in daily life? In much the same way it happens for an athlete If a team wants to win a championship every player must sacrifice daily by training and following the coach’s instructions “I have numerous opportunities every day to give up what I want to do and instead serve my wife In this way I glorify God because my sacrifice is a reflection His heart and how He loves His bride I’ve finally realized that my is satisfying to the degree that I daily sacrifice myself for my wife’s good What does that mean? • It means biting my tongue when I’d rather defend myself against something. (South Africa) Good day Your messages always make sense to me regarding the challenges s and the solutions you propose for one to keep a succesful and happy But I really want to mention in particular the impact the message today It arrived at the time set by God when I needed it the most at the point where I am facing the non-consideration by my spouse and lack appreciation for all the hard work I am doing as his wife Thank you for exhorting me I am forwarding him the message you sent and keeping up the good war MAY THE GOOD LORD RICHLY BLESS YOU AS YOU CONTINUE TO BUILD AND REBUILT MESSAGES. The attitude the future seems to be to love only those ‘neighbors’ who are the contributors to society only those who may be considered assets How different is the value system our Lord who said Truly I say to you to the extent that you did it to one these brothers Mine even the least them you did it to Me (Matthew 25:40) In my estimation here is where we Christians are going to be put to the test Some are strongly suggesting that those who our Lord called ‘the least’ are precisely those who should be eliminated from society May God help us to see that man’s dignity is that which is divinely determined. Then God said ‘Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface all the earth and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast the earth and to every bird the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life; I have given every green plant for food; and it was so’ (Genesis 1:29-30) It was not until after the fall and perhaps after the flood that meat was given as food for man (cf Genesis 9:3-4) Shedding blood would have significance only after the fall as a picture coming redemption through the blood Christ In the Millennium we are told The wolf and the lamb shall graze together and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food They shall do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain says the Lord (Isaiah 65:25). Servanthood is not a new concept in the New Testament ful service provides fulfillment and purpose for life God described Israel as a cultivated garden a vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-2ff.) Jesus spoke Himself as the Vine and we as the branches The Father tenderly cared for His vineyard (John 15:1ff.) Paul described the ministry as the work a farmer (II Timothy 2:6) While the church the New Testament may be better described as a flock nevertheless the image the garden is not inappropriate There is a work to be done for the child God And that work is no drudgery no duty to begrudgingly carry out It is a source joy and fulfillment Many today have no real sense and purpose because they are not doing the work that God has designed for them to. Adam’S creation is described more fully in 2:7 than in chapter one He was formed44 from the dust the ground While this is a humbling fact it is also obvious that man’s origin is not from the animal world nor is man created in the same way as the animals In part Adam’s dignity stems from the fact that his life breath is the inspiration God (verse 7) Here was no mythical garden Every part the description this paradise inclines us to understand that it was a real garden in a particular geographical location Specific points reference are given Four rivers are named two which are known to us today We should not be surprised especially after the cataclysmic event the flood that changes may have occurred which would make it impossible to locate this spot precisely. Also man somehow is like God in that which distinguished him from the animal world Man as distinct from animals is made in the image and likeness God What distinguishes man from animal must therefore be a part His reflection God Man’s ability to reason to communicate and to make moral decisions must be a part this distinction Further man reflects God in the fact that he rules over creation God is the Sovereign Ruler the universe He has delegated a small portion His authority to man in the rule creation In this sense too man reflects God Notice as well that it is man and woman who rule: “… and let them rule … ” (Genesis 1:26.
Print Post Tagged: hero in purpose self-sacrifice in Filed under: Messages While Genesis 1 describes a progression from chaos to cosmos or disorder to order chapter two follows a different pattern Perhaps the literary thread which runs throughout the passage is that God’s creative activity in supplying those things which are deficient Verse 4 serves as an introduction to the remaining Verse 5 informs us the deficiencies which are supplied in verses 6-17: No shrub no plant no rain and no man These are satisfied by the mist (verse 6) and the rivers (verses 10-14) the man (verse 7) and the garden (verses 8-9) The deficiency verses 18-25 is simply stated “no helper suitable for Adam” (cf verses 18,20) This helper is provided in a beautiful way in the last part chapter 2. If you’re like us you’ve failed many times in showing love to each other in this way This takes real self sacrifice But we’ve stayed “in the game.” And we’re thankful that grace was given for a “new beginning.” Did you fail in some way today in your ? If so confess it asking God to help you to do better tomorrow And take it a step further —look for ways to out-serve your spouse Show love through your actions “as unto the Lord.” Steve and Cindy Wright Chapter two returns to this matter the creation man with a much more detailed account Far from contradicting chapter one as some scholars have suggested it greatly compliments it While it is stated that God created man both male and female (1:26-27) it is described more fully in chapter 2 In chapter one man is given every plant to eat (1:29-30) in chapter two man is placed in a lovely garden (2:8-17) In the first chapter man is told to rule over all God’s creatures (1:26 28) in the second man is given the task naming God’s creatures (2:19-20) Contradictions between these two chapters must be contrived for it is clear that the writer the first chapter intended to fill out the details in the second. Having considered the passage in terms its parts let us focus our attention on this passage as a whole No passage in all the Bible so concisely defines the things which really count in life Life’s can only be grasped in relationship to the God Who has created man in His image and likeness While this image has been distorted due to the fall those who are in Christ are being renewed in Christ’s image: … and that you be renewed in the Spirit your mind and put on the new self which in the likeness God has been created in righteousness and holiness the truth (Ephesians 4:23,24) … and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image the One who created him (Colossians 3:10). The woman is not commanded similarly because she simply transfers from one head to another While she once was subject to her father now she is joined to her husband The man however has the more difficult transition He as a child was dependent upon and submissive to his mother and father When a man marries he must go through the more radical transition from a dependent submissive son to an independent (from a parents) leader who functions as the head the home As many have observed the husband-wife relationship is permanent while the parent-child relationship is temporary Even if the parents are unwilling to terminate the dependent relationship son to parents the son is responsible to do so To fail to do so is to refuse the kind bond necessary with. We live in a frightening age We now have awesome technological and biological powers in our hands but no solid ethical or moral basis for the determination how these powers are to be used Not only have we made it convenient and inexpensive to kill children while still in the womb there is actually serious discussion issuing a life certificate which would pronounce an infant legally alive just as one is now legally certified to be dead This certificate would not be issued until after the birth a child when a complete battery tests could be administered Any ‘inferior’ or potentially non-productive infant would simply be rejected and not pronounced ‘alive’ and thus terminated I am told that in some places the world suicide is not considered a crime and counsel is now given to those who wish to pursue it—but not to convince them the error. Again let me emphasize that Moses goes not intend to give us a chronological order events here but a logical His purpose is to more particularly describe the creation man his wife and the setting into which they are put These become key factors in the fall which occurs in chapter 3 While as yet no rain had ever fallen God provided the water which was needed for plant life “But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface the ground” (Genesis 2:6). 42 “What are we to understand by the ‘ed? Not a mist! The word is apparently related to a Sumerian word It seems to refer to subterranean waters and what we have here is either a breaking forth water in some way from under the ground or possibly a river overflowing its banks I do not think we can be dogmatic here.” Young pp 67-68 Cf also Derek Kidner Genesis (Chicago: InterVarsity Press 1967) pp 59-60 43 “The word ‘Eden’ in Hebrew may mean a delight or a pleasure I am not sure that that is what it means here There is a Sumerian word that means a steppe or a plain a wide plain and in the eastern part this plain God planted a garden Without being dogmatic I give my opinion that that is what ‘Eden’ means So the garden is planted.”. Shop Now and. 40 “Verse 4b takes us back into the time the work creation more particularly to the time before the work the third day began and draws our attention to certain details which being details could hardly have been inserted in chapter one: the fact that certain forms plant life namely the kinds that require the attentive care man in greater measure had not sprung up Apparently the whole work the third day is in the mind the writer.” Ibid . In a day when the power life and death seems to be more in the hands men than ever before we find our society in a moral vacuum in which these life and death decisions are to be made The age-old philosophical questions about the life are no longer simply academic and intellectual—they are intensely practical and must be answered In the light such issues never have these verses in Genesis 1 and 2 been more importance than they are today In them we find the man I have therefore entitled this message The Man: His Duty and His Delight To rightly understand this passage is to grasp eternal principles which should determine many our ethical and moral decisions Beyond this we are reminded anew what it is that really makes our lives worthwhile. 44 “The verb employed here accords more with the “Yahweh” character God; yatsar means to ‘mold’ or ‘form.’ It is the word that specifically describes the activity the potter (Jer 18:2ff) The idea to be emphasized is that with the particular care and personal attention that a potter gives to his task God gives tokens His interest in man His creature by molding him as He does.” Leupold p 115 45 Cf Leupold. “ is an occasion to practice the gospel day in and day out … But if we want our s to grow and flourish we will follow the pattern for love that Christ lived We will look for opportunities to lay down our lives We will put our love into practice In the context our daily lives this seldom means we literally give up our lives for the men [and women] we love More likely it means we pick up their dry cleaning Or we take out the trash for them when they’re running late.” Here’s something that Henry James Borys says that sums this up: “A growing relationship means turning romantic love inside out It turns from love that takes to love. 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If chapter one is laid out in chronological fashion—that is in a sequence seven days chapter two is not chronological but logical course the events chapter two fit into chapter one’s order but the chapter is laid out differently If chapter one is creation as seen through a wide angle lens chapter two is viewed through a telephoto lens In chapter one man is found at the top a pyramid as the crown God’s creative activity In chapter two man is at the center the circle God’s activity and interest Man’s Dignity (1:26-31) Since chapter two builds upon the bare details 1:26-31 let us begin by considering these verses more carefully Man as we have said before is the crown God’s creative program This is evident in several particulars. “I have been very insistent that the first chapter is to be understood chronologically What is seen by the order development the progression thought It is seen also by the chronological emphasis--day one day two and so on You do not find that in the second chapter Genesis There instead giving a chronological order statement the Lord is stating matters step by step to prepare for the account the temptation.” E J Young In The Beginning (Carlisle Pennsylvania The Banner Truth Trust 1976) p 70 41 Such appears to be the view Leupold. I like the way the RSV renders Adam’s initial response “at last … ”51 In this expression there is a mixture relief ecstasy and delighted surprise “This (for Adam has not yet named her) is now bone my bones and flesh my flesh” (verse 23a) The name Adam’s mate is woman The English translation nicely picks up the play on similar sounds In Hebrews man would be pronounced ’ish; woman would be ’ishshah While the sounds are similar the roots the two words are different Appropriately ’ish may come from a parallel Arabic root conveying the idea ‘exercising power,’ while the term ’ishshah may be derived from an Arabic parallel ‘to. Oh Suzanne How my heart breaks for you to be hurt and disappointed so many times in has to…Diane from United States on SUBMIT YOUR PRAYER REQUESTI ask for prayer for my Been married 35 years The last 6 years have been the most difficult.… Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated LOVE to us in its truest form Didn’t His love include self sacrifice? So if we say we love one another wouldn’t that include self sacrifice? We are told in the Bible to: “Do nothing out selfish ambition or vain conceit But in humility consider others better than yourselves Each you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests others. This is precisely opposite the point Yet this is ten what we consider the perfect wife—one who is just like us Incompatibility is by divine design in many instances As Dwight Hervey Small has correctly observed Incompatibility is one the purposes s! God has appointed conflict and burdens for lessons in spiritual growth These are to be subservient to high and holy Just as Eve was fashioned so as to correspond to Adam in a physical way so she complimented him socially intellectually spiritually and emotionally. If I understand the Scriptures correctly the Millennium will be a return to things as they once were before the fall Thus in the paradise Eden Adam and Eve and the animal kingdom were all vegetarians How then can some speak ‘survival the fittest’ until after the creation all things and the fall man? But more important than this is the fact that man’s dignity and worth are not imputed by man but they are intrinsic to man as one who has been created in the image God Man’s worth is directly related to his origin No wonder we are hearing such frightening ethical and moral positions proposed today Any view man’s origin which does not view man as the product divine design and purpose cannot attribute to man the worth which God has given him To put it another way our evaluation man is directly proportionate to our estimation God.
3 responses to “The Practice Self Sacrifice – MM #” (Canada) Some beautiful deeply inspired thoughts motivating our “ways of being,” and at the same time some solid practical ways to put this sacrificial love into action; thank you May God continue to bless you and encourage you! Them refers to man and his wife not just the males He has made While Adam has the function headship (as evidenced by his priority in creation,36 his being the source his wife,37 and his naming Eve38) Eve’s task was to be a helper to her husband In this sense both are to rule over God’s creation One more point should be made here There seems to be little doubt that in the provision God has made for man’s food only vegetarian foods are included at. This naming process may have taken some time In the process Adam would observe that no mere creature could ever fill the void in his life Further I would use a little sanctified imagination to conjecture that Adam observed each creature with its mate a wonderfully designed counterpart Adam must have realized that he alone was without a mate At this moment intense need and desire God put Adam in a deep sleep,48 and from his rib and attached flesh49 fashioned the He then presented the woman to the man What excitement there is in Adam’s enthusiastic response: And the man said ‘This is now bone my bones and flesh my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out Man (Genesis 2:23). “one the original purposes as God intended it in the Garden Eden was to reflect His image That means is about something bigger than the two us is one God’s primary means speaking to the world And the world takes notice when a man truly loves His wife the way Christ loves His church.” Christ’s Pattern for Love And then here’s something else that Ellyn Sanna wrote that brings out this point further: Now perhaps we are in a position to see the relationship this command to the creation account What is the reason for its mention here in Genesis? First all there are no parents to whom Adam or Eve have been born Eve’s origin is directly from her husband Adam The union or bond between Adam and his wife is the union coming from one flesh (Adam’s) and becoming one flesh (in physical union) This bond is greater than that between parent and child A woman is course the product her parents as the man is his But the original union involved no parents and the wife was a part the flesh her husband This first then is evidence the primacy the husband-wife relationship over that the parent-child relationship The last verse is not incidental It tells us a great deal that we need to know “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25).