June 14, 2015 Do Not Steal

Do Not Steal

There are several Hebrew and Greek words transliterated as ‘steal’. For example, Jesus used klepto in John 10.10: “The thief comes only to steal….” (ESV) So does Paul in Romans 2.21. (Strong’s Dictionary g2813). Solomon used the Hebrew word that broadened the meaning to include deception, in Proverbs 30.9. (Strong’s Dictionary h1589.) This is the same word that God used in the Eighth Commandment: “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20.15) That is, you should not literally or figuratively thieve someone’s property (real or intellectual) or steal or carry away someone’s property by deception. Note the attitude behind the action, as has been the case with the previous seven commandments. Remember that God looks in the heart and mind, too. (1 Samuel 16.7; 2 Chronicles 16.9a; Proverbs 20.27)

A. Pivot

Pivot is a currently popular word meaning to change from this to that, or to swivel about on an axis to another direction.

Abraham’s grandson Jacob illustrates a pivoting from stealing to not stealing, as God used the term. Genesis 32.22-31 describes his pivot. Jacob finally acknowledged that his name represented a past life of deception, of stealing his brother Esau’s birthright (Genesis 25.26, 29-34) and Isaac’s blessing (Genesis 27.1-36a).

For 20 years, Jacob was deceived by and deceived in return Laban, his mother Rebekah’s brother in Haran, Abraham’s ancestral hometown. The interesting stories are told in Genesis 28-31.

In Genesis 32.28, God renamed Jacob (Easton’s Dictionary: means supplanter or cheater) to Israel, meaning “…you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” (ESV) Understand Israel as overcomer. The cheater had become the overcomer! Is this what God meant to Cain in Genesis 4.7? Genesis 1.28?

In Hosea 12.1-6, God uses Jacob becoming Israel to make His point says to pivot “by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.” Israel learned to wait for God, instead of stealing through deception.

We need God’s help in pivoting from stealing to righteousness!

B. Holy

Paul includes thieves among those listed in 1 Corinthians 6.9-10 as not inheriting the kingdom of God but reclaims the repentant ones in verse 11: “And such were some of you. But you were washed….”

1 Peter 1.14-16 reminds us to live in contrast to the deceptions of those led by satan in the world (Galatians 5.16-24). Peter writes that we once ‘conformed to the passions of our former ignorance’. We are to conduct our lifestyles in the righteous characteristics of the One Whose body is the model for our bodies. Proverbs 30.9 states that deception of man is attempted deception of God. But, He knows! Hebrews 4.13.

Paul instructs to renew our minds by ‘transforming’ our thinking, so that our bodies will follow the good of our thoughts (Romans 12.1-2).

C. Example

150610: Fortune CEO Daily: “The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that many startups are wooing investors by touting things like “bookings,” “billings” and “annual recurring revenues” that bear little relation to actual revenues under generally accepted accounting principles. The Journal compared sales figures and projections made by 50 tech companies when they were private with financial results reported post-IPO for the same period, and found a $760 million gap.”

CFO Journal 150610: “Uber Technologies Inc., for instance, has told investors that its “bookings” are on pace to reach $10 billion in 2015, even though the company keeps little of the money from all those bookings.”

Is their’s just a rosy projection or an attempt to steal through deception? What about Proverbs 3.27-29?

Praise God!!! Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter. 2015. www.sozoclass.com

June 7, 2015 The Sanctity of Relational Intimacy

The Sanctity of Relational Intimacy

In his article, “The long, legal jihad against natural marriage”, Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, writes, “the U. S. Supreme Court is widely expected to declare a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’” in late June, 2015. “The drive to radically redefine marriage didn’t happen overnight. It’s the rotten fruit of the sexual revolution’s march through the institutions, along with 50 years of court rulings that pushed atomistic individualism at the expense of the family.” Knight continues by recounting “the culture cut loose since the 1960s from its Christian underpinnings”; SCOTUS “[finding] a ‘right to privacy’ in the…

‘penumbra’ [i.e., ‘the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object’; dictionary] of the Bill of Rights, largely based on the sanctity of marriage” in 1965; extending this “’right of privacy’ beyond the marital relationship” to permit the sale of “contraceptives to unmarried people” in 1972; approving Roe v. Wade in 1973 based on the “right to privacy” ruling; making “marriage irrelevant on the most momentous decision—the taking or preserving of a human life…by striking down…laws requiring spousal consent before and parental consent before a minor’s abortion” in 1976; “[vacating] a…law [barring] the sale of contraceptives to 15-year-olds and younger” in 1977; “[ruling] that [a] state’s marriage law violated the state constitution’s equal protection provision regarding ‘sexual orientation’” in 1993; “striking down anti-sodomy laws” in 2003; and “[striking] down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act” (enacted in 1996) in 2013.

Knight summarizes: “So now we find ourselves at the end of a long legal jihad against marriage and family, wondering whether the Supremes will declare a new ‘right’ out of whole cloth—or pull back from the legal cliff…A lot of loud voices are urging them to jump. But there is another voice, and it speaks in an entirely different language, directly to the human soul. Perhaps they will hear the one and honor His design for marriage.” (1)

A. Relational Intimacy, thus, destroyed by a “handful of people in black robes”.

1. Not all of a sudden; but drip by drip overtime, to wear down resistance to the imaginations of men.

2. Remember, too, the changes in television programming and movies toward more sexual content, so that today, queer men and women are celebrated as normal before the eyes of old and young viewers.

3. Intimacy between parents and with their children destructed so that disaggregated individualism might be constructed, with intimacy with oneself being most important…leading to hedonism.

4. Hoping that God will approve and change Genesis 2.18-25 & Leviticus 18.22. But, Numbers 23.19 remains True.

B. Balaam found Israel’s ‘achilles heel’.

1. “An Achilles heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.” (2) Vulnerability; deadly weakness.

2. Notice how satan found Balaam’s achilles heel in Numbers 22 and 23. King Balak of Moab sent for God’s prophet Balaam to come and curse the children of Israel traveling from Egypt to The Promised Land. In 22.9-14, Balaam asks God for permission to go the Balak; God says no. Balak won’t take no for an answer and, again, sends for Balaam. This time, in 22.19-21, God gives permission to go but not to curse Israel. Why did Balaam need to ask again? Did he expect God to change His mind? In 22.22, God’s anger at Balaam is evidenced by His angel seen by Balaam’s donkey and, finally, by Balaam opposing him. Balaam should have turned around but continued on, hoping that God would change His mind…about the money that was offered as reward by Balak. After all, this would have resulted in a large tithe, too! Rationalizing is what Apostle Paul would later write in 1 Timothy 6.10. In 22.36-24.14, Balaam approaches God on three different mountains hoping for His changed mind about the money, without success. Read 2 Peter 2.15 about Balaam’s achilles heel. Psalm 119.36!

3. However, while the Israelites waited to cross the Jordan River and before Moses died, the Israelites were sexually seduced by the women of Moab and began to worship the Baal of Peor with sacrifices; see Numbers 25.1-9. Jesus said, in Revelation 2.14, that Balaam “taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.” Sex is the ultimate stumbling block! Balaam lost his life because of it; Numbers 31.8. How is this like the sexual content that pervades radio, television, and movies today? A continuation of satan’s scheme. “’If it bleeds, it leads; if it’s sex, it’s next.’” (6)

C. Spirit leads Soul leads Body.

1. Apostle Paul identified that we are a trinity of spirit, soul, and body in 1 Thessalonians 5.23. That is, our spirits determine the things that our minds think about that generate actions from our bodies.

2. See this in Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5.27-28. Consider, too, His statement in Matthew 6.22-23. Your spirit tells your eyes what to look for, which can lead your body into wrong behaviors.

3. “We do know that when our eyes our open, our vision accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity of the brain — a full 2 billion of the 3 billion firings per second — which was the finding of neuroanatomist R.S. Fixot in a paper published in 1957.” (3)

4. So, be concerned what you show to God! Remember 1 Samuel 16.7 and Hebrews 4.13. Be like Job 31.1.

5. “This life’s dim windows of the soul

Distorts the heavens from pole to pole

And leads you to believe a lie

When you see with, not through, the eye.” William Blake (4)

D. Breaking of Covenants.

1. Balaam’s spiritual lust for money led his mind to rationalize God’s word and, then, led him to teach Balak the strategy of sex that led to his death. Can you understand this from James 1.14-15? Romans 6.23? Numbers 32.23?

2. Balaam broke the covenant with God that made him a prophet. Covenant is inferred in Numbers 22.6c & 8a.

3. Marriage covenants between man and woman are sanctified relational intimacy because of Genesis 1.28, 9.7: God’s idea. This leads to a mother’s covenant with her children, in Exodus 2.9, and to a father’s covenant with his children, in Genesis 18.19. This, then, leads to children honoring their parents; Exodus 20.12. How can fathers, mothers, and children rationalize not doing these requirements before God? What excuse will He accept?

4. “You may have heard that ‘50% of marriages end in divorce.’ This isn’t actually true – but if you also count marriages that end in separation, it’s not that far off either.

20% end within 5 years; 32% end within 10 years; 40% end within 15 years; 48% end within 20 years.

After 3 years of separation, Caucasian women are much more likely (87%) to divorce than are Hispanic women (64%) and African American women (60%).

5. What are the chances your second marriage will end in separation or divorce? Second marriages have a much lower rate of success than first marriages. 10% end within 1 year; 31% end within 5 years; 46% end within 10 years.” (5)

What are the reasons for breaking covenants given in Matthew 13.21-23?

6. Can covenants entered into before God be disavowed? By whom? Were these made with God? How should Psalm 51.4 shape your opinion? What was David’s sin?

E. How not to commit adultery.

1. Does Jeremiah 13.10 express the essence of all adultery?

2. What impact do demons have upon relational intimacy? Home? Work? Family? Friends? Church? See Hosea 4.14, 5.4. What does harlotry/prostitution in Proverbs 29.3 have to do with wisdom?

3. How were satan’s temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4.1-11 a temptation to harlotry? What do you learn from Jesus’ response?

4. How did His words bind and defeat the spirit/demon of harlotry/adultery?

5. What should we learn from Jesus’ example? How does this explain John 16.33?

6. How does Jesus’ example illustrate ‘to abide’? Why did Jesus use ‘abide’ so many times in John 15.1-11?

7. Contrast self-control in Galatians 5.22-23 with Proverbs 25.26 & 28. How does this relate to ‘abiding’?

8. Consider David’s advice about the foundation for all relational intimacy in 1 Chronicles 28.9 & 29.19a. How is John 8.31-32 like Psalm 119.11, 72?

9. Why is Deuteronomy 17.18-20 a good idea for you, too? Presidents of all organizations? All leaders ?

10. My suggestion for building your defenses against adultery is to read one of the 22 sections of Psalm 119 each of the first 22 days of each month for the next year. For the remaining eight or nine days, read the first eight or nine chapters of Proverbs. This will help you to follow Paul’s advice in Ephesians 6.11.

Praise God!!! Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2015. www.sozoclass.com.

(1) http://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/robert-knight/2015/05/26/the-long-legal-jihad-against-natural-marriage#.VWTq0GDasUU. Robert Knight: http://theacru.org. (2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles’.heel. (3) Www.imagethink.net. (4) Www.goodreads.com. (5) Www.avvo.com. (6) Communicating for Life, Quentin Schultze, 2000, p. 102. 

May 31, 2015 The Sanctity of Relational Intimacy

The Sanctity of Relational Intimacy

In his article, “The long, legal jihad against natural marriage”, Robert Knight, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union, writes, “the U. S. Supreme Court is widely expected to declare a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage’” in late June, 2015. “The drive to radically redefine marriage didn’t happen overnight. It’s the rotten fruit of the sexual revolution’s march through the institutions, along with 50 years of court rulings that pushed atomistic individualism at the expense of the family.” Knight continues by recounting “the culture cut loose since the 1960s from its Christian underpinnings”; SCOTUS “[finding] a ‘right to privacy’ in the…’penumbra’ [i.e., ‘the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object’; dictionary] of the Bill of Rights, largely based on the sanctity of marriage” in 1965; extending this “’right of privacy’ beyond the marital relationship” to permit the sale of “contraceptives to unmarried people” in 1972; approving Roe v. Wade in 1973 based on the “right to privacy” ruling; making “marriage irrelevant on the most momentous decision—the taking or preserving of a human life…by striking down…laws requiring spousal consent before and parental consent before a minor’s abortion” in 1976; “[vacating] a…law [barring] the sale of contraceptives to 15-year-olds and younger” in 1977; “[ruling] that [a] state’s marriage law violated the state constitution’s equal protection provision regarding ‘sexual orientation’” in 1993; “striking down anti-sodomy laws” in 2003; and “[striking] down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act” (enacted in 1996) in 2013.

Knight summarizes: “So now we find ourselves at the end of a long legal jihad against marriage and family, wondering whether the Supremes will declare a new ‘right’ out of whole cloth—or pull back from the legal cliff…A lot of loud voices are urging them to jump. But there is another voice, and it speaks in an entirely different language, directly to the human soul. Perhaps they will hear the one and honor His design for marriage.” (1)

A. Relational Intimacy, thus, destroyed by a “handful of people in black robes”.

Not all of a sudden; but drip by drip overtime, to wear down resistance to the imaginations of men.

Remember, too, the changes in television programming and movies toward more sexual content, so that today, queer men and women are celebrated as normal before the eyes of old and young viewers.

Intimacy between parents and with their children destructed so that disaggregated individualism might be constructed, with intimacy with oneself being most important…leading to hedonism.

Hoping that God will approve and change Genesis 2.18-25 & Leviticus 18.22. But, Numbers 23.19 remains True.

B. Balaam found Israel’s ‘achilles heel’.

An Achilles heel is a deadly weakness in spite of overall strength, which can actually or potentially lead to downfall. While the mythological origin refers to a physical vulnerability, idiomatic references to other attributes or qualities that can lead to downfall are common.” (2) Vulnerability; deadly weakness.

Notice how satan found Balaam’s achilles heel in Numbers 22 and 23. King Balak of Moab sent for God’s prophet Balaam to come and curse the children of Israel traveling from Egypt to The Promised Land. In 22.9-14, Balaam asks God for permission to go the Balak; God says no. Balak won’t take no for an answer and, again, sends for Balaam. This time, in 22.19-21, God gives permission to go but not to curse Israel. Why did Balaam need to ask again? Did he expect God to change His mind? In 22.22, God’s anger at Balaam is evidenced by His angel seen by Balaam’s donkey and, finally, by Balaam opposing him. Balaam should have turned around but continued on, hoping that God would change His mind…about the money that was offered as reward by Balak. After all, this would have resulted in a large tithe, too! Rationalizing is what Apostle Paul would later write in 1 Timothy 6.10. In 22.36-24.14, Balaam approaches God on three different mountains hoping for His changed mind about the money, without success. Read 2 Peter 2.15 about Balaam’s achilles heel. Psalm 119.36!

However, while the Israelites waited to cross the Jordan River and before Moses died, the Israelites were sexually seduced by the women of Moab and began to worship the Baal of Peor with sacrifices; see Numbers 25.1-9. Jesus said, in Revelation 2.14, that Balaam “taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.” Sex is the ultimate stumbling block! Balaam lost his life because of it; Numbers 31.8. How is this like the sexual content that pervades radio, television, and movies today? A continuation of satan’s scheme.

C. Spirit leads Soul leads Body.

Apostle Paul identified that we are a trinity of spirit, soul, and body in 1 Thessalonians 5.23. That is, our spirits determine the things that our minds think about that generate actions from our bodies.

See this in Jesus’ statement in Matthew 5.27-28. Consider, too, His statement in Matthew 6.22-23. Your spirit tells your eyes what to look for, which can lead your body into wrong behaviors.

We do know that when our eyes our open, our vision accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity of the brain — a full 2 billion of the 3 billion firings per second — which was the finding of neuroanatomist R.S. Fixot in a paper published in 1957.” (3)

So, be concerned what you show to God! Remember 1 Samuel 16.7 and Hebrews 4.13. Be like Job 31.1.

This life’s dim windows of the soul

Distorts the heavens from pole to pole

And leads you to believe a lie

When you see with, not through, the eye.” William Blake (4)

D. Breaking of Covenants.

Balaam’s spiritual lust for money led his mind to rationalize God’s word and, then, led him to teach Balak the strategy of sex that led to his death. Can you understand this from James 1.14-15? Romans 6.23? Numbers 32.23?

Balaam broke the covenant with God that made him a prophet. Covenant is inferred in Numbers 22.6c & 8a.

Marriage covenants between man and woman are sanctified relational intimacy because of Genesis 1.28, 9.7: God’s idea. This leads to a mother’s covenant with her children, in Exodus 2.9, and to a father’s covenant with his children, in Genesis 18.19. This, then, leads to children honoring their parents; Exodus 20.12. How can fathers, mothers, and children rationalize not doing these requirements before God? What excuse will He accept?

You may have heard that ‘50% of marriages end in divorce.’ This isn’t actually true – but if you also count marriages that end in separation, it’s not that far off either.

20% end within 5 years; 32% end within 10 years; 40% end within 15 years; 48% end within 20 years.

After 3 years of separation, Caucasian women are much more likely (87%) to divorce than are Hispanic women (64%) and African American women (60%).

What are the chances your second marriage will end in separation or divorce? Second marriages have a much lower rate of success than first marriages. 10% end within 1 year; 31% end within 5 years; 46% end within 10 years.” (5)

What are the reasons for breaking covenants given in Matthew 13.21-23?

Can covenants entered into before God be disavowed? By whom? Were these made with God? How should Psalm 51.4 shape your opinion?

E. How not to commit adultery.

How similar were satan’s temptations of Jesus in Matthew 4.1-11?

How did His words bind and defeat the spirit/demon of harlotry/adultery? See Hosea 4.14, 5.4. What impact do demons have upon relational intimacy? Home? Work? Family? Friends? Church? What does harlotry/prostitution in Proverbs 29.3 have to do with wisdom?

What should we learn from Jesus’ example? How does this explain John 16.33?

Contrast self-control in Galatians 5.22-23 with Proverbs 25.26 & 28.

Consider David’s advice about the foundation for all relational intimacy in 1 Chronicles 28.9 & 29.19a. How is John 8.31-32 like Psalm 119.11, 72?

Praise God!!! Copyright © by Maurice L. Painter, 2015. www.sozoclass.com.

(1) http://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/robert-knight/2015/05/26/the-long-legal-jihad-against-natural-marriage#.VWTq0GDasUU. Robert Knight: http://theacru.org. (2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles’.heel. (3) Www.imagethink.net. (4) Www.goodreads.com. (5) Www.avvo.com.