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Buried Treasure

“Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
— Jonah 2:9

Buried in the obscurity of the OT Minor Prophets lies this gem.  Thank God that our salvation originates with Him!

 

Creation As An Argument For Headship

The creation account found in Genesis 1-3 gives us more than the simple account of how God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day.  These first chapters of Genesis are also the go to source for Paul in his arguments for male headship in the home and in the church.  Paul looks to the chronology of creation and he looks to the purpose in creation for the basis of his arguments.  All of these verses imply male headship from God’s deliberate ordering of creation.

  • Man was created first, Woman was created second.  Paul sees purpose in God’s chronological ordering of man first, woman second.

    And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed (Gen 2:8).

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:18, 22).

    I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.  For Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

  • The woman was made for man.  Paul see purpose in God specifically making woman to help man, not the other way around.

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him (Gen 2:18, 20).

    Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man (1 Cor 11:9).

  • The woman was made from man.  Paul sees purpose in God specifically creating woman from the man’s side.

    And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22)

    For man was not made from woman, but woman from man (1 Cor 11:8).

  • Man received the divine command.

    And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16-17).

  • Man was presented with the woman.

    The rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22).

  • Man named the woman with a name derived from his own.

    Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen 2:23).

    The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Gen 3:20).

Both the man and the woman are to rule as God’s representatives on earth (Gen 1:28), but they are to do so by acting out different roles.  The man works out this representative rule by being “in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).  The woman works out this representative rule by being “a helper fit for him” (Gen 2:18).  Both are equal in their God ordained task, yet distinct in their roles of how to fulfill this God ordained task.

* Kostenberger, Andreas J., David W. Jones, God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

12 Time Wasting Thieves

by Richard Baxter

“Redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5

“That you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.” Colossians 1:10

Thief 1. One of the greatest time-wasting sins, consists of idleness or sloth.

Thief 2. The next thief or time-waster, is excess of sleep.

Thief 3. Another time-waster, is an inordinate adorning of the body.

Thief 4. Another time-wasting thief, is unnecessary pomp and extravagance in household furniture and domestic entertainments.

Thief 5. Another time-wasting sin, is needless feastingsgluttony, and drinking.

Thief 6. Another time-waster, is idle talk.

Thief 7. Another thief which would steal your time, is vain and sinful company.

Thief 8. Another notorious time-wasting thief, is needless, inordinate sports and games–which are masked with the deceitful title of recreations.

Thief 9. Another time-wasting thief, is excess of worldly cares and business.

Thief 10. Another time-waster, is vain, ungoverned and sinful thoughts.

Thief 11. Another dangerous time-wasting sin, is the reading of worthless books, plays, romances, and novels. And alsounprofitable studies, undertaken but for pride and vain-glory, or the pleasing of a carnal or curious mind.

Thief 12. But the master-thief that robs men of their time, is an unsanctified, ungodly heart; for this loses time, whatever men are doing–because they never intend to do anything for the glory of God.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do–do it all for the glory of God!” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Teach Your Children Well

Check out these two sermons by Alistair Begg.  If you don’t normally listen to Alistair Begg he is a scottish pastor preaching in Cleveland, OH.  Begg preaches expositionally coupled with great wisdom and insight.

In these two sermons he looks at Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

His preaching on this matter is encouraging and piercing all at the same time.  You will definitely find yourself thanking God for the encouragement to stay the right course in your child rearing, and you will find yourself thanking God for the correction to your child rearing that will come from his teaching.

Take time and listen, you will not be disappointed.

Teach Your Children Well, Part 1
Teach Your Children Well, Part 2

Give Me That Kind of Courage

Great post from the Desiring God blog on why Joab could say:

Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.

Royal Preparation

Bible intake is a means of grace only afforded this side of heaven.  For when we die we will be face to face with the Word himself.  Redeem the time and prepare yourself to know your King.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Ephesians 5:15-16

Paid Loafers and Social Parasites

Below is a quote concerning how a gospel preacher should spend his time.  He is to devote himself to the full labor of study, prayer, and preaching.  I find myself agreeing with the quote, but stopping to give pause to this one sentence:

If we devote ourselves to this labor, there will be little time or energy for other things.

Now, it is true, lazy preachers that milk the pulpit for monetary gain, and neglect their duty of being a workman for God are in err.  But my question is how far is this to go?  The quote seems to imply that a gospel preacher is to have no to very, very little recreation time.  A work ethic of this nature would seem to inevitably lead a gospel preacher down the road to a ruined family, and a burned out ministry.

What do you think (especially my minister friends)?  Is an 8 to 5 mindset right, studying with a purpose during these hours so you can have family time, recreation time, etc. the right path?  Or should you be devoting yourselves to this labor so that “there will be little time or energy for other things?

I would also like to hear how you have struck the balance and weighed the issue as well (I have an idea in my head on what the right path should be, but I would like to hear your input nonetheless).

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

It is easy for preachers to become paid loafers and social parasites, wasting their days in pleasure, recreation, and bumming around with open palms and an expectant look. Sadly, the religious hucksters and hirelings of the world have earned their reputation. Let no gospel preacher do so!

The pastor has no boss within sight. He is not required to keep regular office hours. And no one checks up on him to be sure he is working. That is as it should be. Yet, the very fact that a church treats her pastor as she should, makes it possible for the pastor to abuse his office, neglect his work, give himself to idleness, or to providing luxuries for himself and his family; when he should give himself relentlessly to study, and prayer, and preaching. If we devote ourselves to this labor, there will be little time or energy for other things.