Summary: A study in the book of Genesis 3: 15
Genesis 3: 15
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.
From the Latin word ‘muse’ we derive our English word ‘think’. If you place the letter ‘a’ before, I find it intriguing that the word becomes ‘not to’. So, the letter ‘a’ before the word ‘muse’ means ‘not to think’. I think that too often we do not think. In fact we spend billions of dollars each year on ‘Amusements’.
Our Precious Holy El Shaddai – The Lord Most Holy – wants us to meditate on His Holy Word. This means that we should chew on and think about what His Word says and how we can apply it to our own lives.
So, today I want us all to ‘think’ a lot. If you are a minister I want your input and if you are not I am temporary assigning you as a leader to help me answer a few problems that have been thrown my way.
I received a phone call that the person informed me as he was flipping through the TV stations that he came upon a professional poker show. The caller informed me that one of the players teaches in our Sunday School. So, how do you handle this situation with this teacher?
In the next situation I received a letter from a church member that a guy was taking a few of our single ladies after our evening services to a night club. What would be you response to this action?
In the third case a man wanted to be part of our worship team. He said he is a pretty good guitarist. However, driving to church I passed a popular night club and this guy is on the marquee with his band. How do you think I should handle this and the other questions with a Scripture backing?
Well, they all challenged me to show them from the bible where it is a sin in what they were doing. In fact they were downright hostile to my even inquiring about these situations.
The answer in this case is that I answered them from 1 Corinthians chapter 8, “ Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. 4 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. 7 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? 11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.”
So, my answer to them was that were making people stumble by their actions even though what they were doing could not be listed as ‘sin’. Their freedom was hurting others.
Here is another one which I am sure that your church faces, ‘which bible is the correct one to use?’ What would be your thoughts on how to respond to this question? I informed the people that in my opinion all the versions carry the Lord’s truth but personally I like the King James and the New King James. I also said that other versions miss out some vital truths.
Let me give you two examples. Have you ever thought or been asked why is Eve so much the one who made mankind fall. The question brought forth to me was that if you look at chapter 2 you see that our Holy Father God, Adoni Yahweh told Adam that the day he eats of the fruit of the tree of Good and Evil, he shall surely die. You will note that it looks like Eve was not told so that is why she didn’t know exactly what God’s instructions were? Sorry ladies for the bible informs us differently. Look with me at chapter 5 of Genesis and see what it says, “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”