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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
- TITLE: CATASTROPHIC CRACK
By esther robinson
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The day broke out beautifully like a bough of orchids in full blossom. The eyes of the Lord ranged throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. God saw all that He had created, made a remarkable remark patting His back for His good work saying, “It is very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Early in the morning, He delighted in granting His grace that is new everyday for His children to be equipped for that day. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22, 23)
God established the institution called ‘marriage’ and loves to be the third cord strengthening the bond between a husband and wife. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is no quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Now the third cord is the powerful union of the triune God, ‘Father, Son and the Holy Spirit’ who wait knocking at the door desiring to enter a family and dine with them. Our God is One who is very fond of a family unit. At the same time, says the Lord, ‘I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people’ (Jeremiah 31:1).
John kept whistling all along as he went about getting ready for that day. Bertha woke up and fixed the best breakfast for John.
Do you know what my friend Harry had to say of us?
What did he say?
We are just made for each other.
This is a customary comment which I have heard quite often.
John picked up the briefcase. He kissed Bertha and left through the front door waving to her.
Hardly a few minutes had lapsed. Bertha heard someone knocking the door.
Her heart thumped. A parcel of evil thoughts peeped out with fear.
In haste, she shouted, “Thank God! You have come at the right moment Steve. My husband just left for office!” So saying Bertha who opened the door froze like a snow man. There stood her husband John who had forgotten to take his credit card. He had halted the car near the pathway and hurried through the back door to save time.
Without room for any words, a thin red line ‘divorce’ was writ large on their faces.
The eyes of the Lord ranged throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. He saw how great woman’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of her heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made woman on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain (Genesis 6:5, 6 NIV).
Bertha has done a foolish thing. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful woman, the lust of her eyes and the boasting of what she has and does – come not from the Father but from the world (1 John 2:16). Bertha, a wise and winsome woman looked like a pig with a golden ring in her snout.
The lovely nest that John had built so happily was unfortunately plucked by Bertha and thrown into the river and the turbulent current carried it away very swiftly that in less than a fraction of a second there was no trace of any nest hanging there on that lovely tree. It was indeed a catastrophic crack down of a wonderful family unit.
‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death (Leviticus 20:10). Who will stone them to death?
The Ten Commandments given by God to Moses perhaps is easier to abide, but with the preaching of Jesus Christ, the life of any true follower of Christ is indeed very difficult. Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. But I say to you that whoever looks at a man to lust for him had already committed adultery with him in her heart (Matthew 5:27, 28).
Christ cried, “Why have My children forgotten the blood that I shed for them? Why have they been carried away by the tricks of the tempter?”
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