Summary: God does not care about the economy or missing WMDs or anything of the sort. God cares about the moral fabric of our nation and that moral fabric was up for election this past Tuesday. You can believe it or not, but it is true. The Question of the Day:
AFTER THE ELECTION
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
The Apostle Paul stresses that we pray for those in authority for two purposes:
a) That we may live in godliness - this is God’s desire and it pleases Him
b) That we may live in holiness - this is God’s desire and it pleases Him
"If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
a) the unborn is valued by God and by God’s law
b) US law states that a person commits double-homicide when killing a pregnant woman. A great example of this is the Scott Peterson case... a double-homicide case.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to
me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
a) emphasis upon the ’knitting together’
b) The verse sats ’my’ unformed body. The person is alive at the moment of conception.
40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
Leviticus 18:1-5, 22, 24-30
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ’I am the LORD your God. 3 You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. 4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD .
a) do not live like the world
b) we must follow the laws of God and follow HIs desire in our lives
c) NOTE verse 5: those who obey them will live by them
22 " ’Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.
a) Not complicated at all
b) Do not for it is detestable
24 " ’Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
29 " ’Everyone who does any of these detestable things-such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.’ "
a) the people who do those kind of things (described in chapter 18) are not God’s people
b) it is sin and they are separated from God
24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.