Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

We Never Know What to Do 100912

 

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Psalm 112 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20112&version=MSG

Deuteronomy 24:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy%2024:1-5&version=MSG

1 Corinthians 7:10-16 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%207:10-16&version=MSG

 

 

We Never Know What to Do 100912

Both 1 Corinthians and Deuteronomy both have good advice for Christians, and I wish we were all wise enough to follow it, but I, for one, have never been so wise, as a Christian and before I was Christian.

 

Instead, like all good people we hope for decisions that hurt no one. In the amazingly simple problems and solutions described by these Bible verses there is no spousal or child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and the children, grandparents and family of these couples are not described.

 

What do we do in real life, in modern life? We have all been in situations where we get hurt, when children and families get hurt, and simple advice alone is not enough. Pray to God, read the Bible and try not to let anyone be hurt, including yourself.

 

 

Pray for peace,

Bill

 

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Psalm 112

Deuteronomy 22:13-30

1 Corinthians

 

Psalm 112

 

The Message (MSG)

 

112 1-10 Hallelujah!

Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,

Who cherish and relish his commandments,

Their children robust on the earth,

And the homes of the upright—how blessed!

Their houses brim with wealth

And a generosity that never runs dry.

Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people—

God’s grace and mercy and justice!

The good person is generous and lends lavishly;

No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,

But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.

Unfazed by rumor and gossip,

Heart ready, trusting in God,

Spirit firm, unperturbed,

Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,

They lavish gifts on the poor—

A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.

An honored life! A beautiful life!

Someone wicked takes one look and rages,

Blusters away but ends up speechless.

There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing. 7:1-9

Deuteronomy 24:1-5

The Message (MSG)

24 1-4 If a man marries a woman and then it happens that he no longer likes her because he has found something wrong with her, he may give her divorce papers, put them in her hand, and send her off. After she leaves, if she becomes another man’s wife and he also comes to hate her and this second husband also gives her divorce papers, puts them in her hand, and sends her off, or if he should die, then the first husband who divorced her can’t marry her again. She has made herself ritually unclean, and her remarriage would be an abomination in the Presence of God and defile the land with sin, this land that God, your God, is giving you as an inheritance.

When a man takes a new wife, he is not to go out with the army or be given any business or work duties. He gets one year off simply to be at home making his wife happy.

1 Corinthians 7:10-16

The Message (MSG)

10-11 And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master’s command, not mine. If a wife should leave her husband, she must either remain single or else come back and make things right with him. And a husband has no right to get rid of his wife.

12-14 For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a believer but who still wants to live with you, hold on to her. If you are a woman with a husband who is not a believer but he wants to live with you, hold on to him. The unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be left out; as it is, they also are included in the spiritual purposes of God.

15-16 On the other hand, if the unbelieving spouse walks out, you’ve got to let him or her go. You don’t have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can. You never know, wife: The way you handle this might bring your husband not only back to you but to God. You never know, husband: The way you handle this might bring your wife not only back to you but to God.

 

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