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UNDERSTANDING GREED


William Andrew Dillard
Parson to Person

Greed is the universal requisite of natural man. It is his sinful nature, manifesting itself repeatedly, and often.
Greed may be likened to the grease that keeps the wheels of insatiable desire turning. It is the sinful motivation of natural man to create an elusive, indefinable, apex of life that cannot satisfy or be perpetuated due to the deterioration of all things, and the brevity of earthly life. Greed is soundly condemned in the pages of Holy Writ. From its description of ultimate selfishness in Psalm 17:12, and Proverbs 1:19 to its marked prohibition in pastors and deacons in I Timothy 3 to the woes pronounced upon the perishing in Jude 1:11, the Holy Word underscores its wickedness.
Dreamers of an ultimate, human heaven on earth of their own making have led men far afield from the best government ever experienced on earth: Theocracy! The Hebrews knew this in their liberation from Egyptian slavery, the wilderness wanderings, and possession of the Promised Land. But greed led them to reject their government. They wantonly lusted after the monarchial form established by godless nations around them, with the human glory and personal gain it could bring.
So, over the millenniums of time men ever searched onward for their zenith of a utopia on earth. From monarchial, to oligarchical, to fascist dictatorship, to communism and socialism they dream and work on. It is somewhat interesting though that there is a form of government that stands out as superior to them all. It is capitalism! Communism and socialism purport to equalize the standards of men, stifling the baseness of greed. Only trouble is, it does not work because all men are greedy. So the populace is forced into poverty while the rulers bask in luxury; the ill-gotten product of their greed. Soon the system breaks down as history consistently shows.
On the other hand, Capitalism plays to the greed of men, allowing a free market place and a republic form of democracy restricted to protecting those tenants. It works well for all because it encourages entrepreneurship. Men may work and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Is it a perfect form of government? No, by far, it is not, but it is the best the world has to offer as its continued success testifies. Is greed good? Certainly not, but greedy is what sinful men are. 
One day, heaven will rule on earth. Then and only then will men realize their fullest potential, and appreciate what a perfect government can do and be for them. But sadly, even the millennial reign of Jesus will ultimately be rejected by sinful men to their own eternal punishment. What follows is a new heaven and a new earth; a new city of complete perfection for God’s people. Now that is what should be the desire and preparatory work in the heart and mind of everyone.

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MAN-UP


MAN-UP

1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

2Sa 10:12  Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.

I. TOUGHEN-UP – Life is not always fair nor is it always easy. At best all of us struggle from time to time with experiences that we have beset us. Anger is not a help in negotiating the pitfalls of this life. Time and thoughtfulness and the Word of God applied can get us through any situation. Your way is not necessarily the best way. Attitude and appreciation are two very important items in getting through difficult situation. Sometimes we need our attitude adjusted to appreciate what we have received or the situation we are in.

II. STAND-UP – It is a simple thing to stand up when a woman or the elderly enter a room. This is common courtesy and decency. This item in not about that. It is addressing standing up for what is right and decent and morally acceptable. It also address the idea of when we have done something wrong, stand up and admit it with humility instead of striking out at those that correct you. Babies strike out because they don’t know better because they are, well babies. They suck a bottle. Be a man. Stand up and say – I did it, I am sorry, I was wrong and I deserve the punishment that I will receive. I will strive to do better.

III. GET-UP – Get your day started off right, Get Up and Make Up your bed. That is your first accomplishment of the day. If you can not accomplish that small thing, there is not much else you can accomplish. Get Up and get yourself ready for the task that is at hand. If it is a job first thing in the morning, get up in time to get dressed and eat and get to work 15 minutes early, eager to earn your money. This will be a recommendation to a better job with better pay. Do not be a quitter. When a prospective employer sees a quitter, they know you won’t be long working for them before you quit.

IV. SHUT-UP – Shut up. Learn when to speak and when not to speak. It is never good to react immediately with the first thing that enters your mind. You need to take the time think seriously about your reply. Most immediate replies are defensive replies spit out in anger. They are hurtful and often make little sense. There is a saying – It is better to remain quiet and be thought stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Continual badgering will not influence parents that truly love you. It will turn bosses away from you and bring you closer to being fired. There is always a warm body just waiting for you to get fired so that they can get your cushy job and maybe even do better work than you do. Just SHUT-UP.

V. LISTEN-UP – Listen to others. If you want others to listen to you, then learn that you have 2 ears and 1 mouth. That means listen more and talk less. If someone said, you put your arm between those two wheels and it will break your arm, that is the voice of experience. Experience is the best friend you can have next to your parents. Your parents are the best you can have. What does experience do for you? It keeps you from having broken arms, broken legs and broken heads. Your peers, your friends your age can never give you the guidance and direction that a parent or older person can give. They have traveled this road you are about to travel. They have a wealth of knowledge. They have had the broken arms, broken legs, and broken heads. There is more though. A broken soul. Do you know what a soul is? It is emotions and mental abilities. These can be broken. They can also be fixed if one is willing to listen. They can be fixed if one is willing to be loved deeply and return love. This comes with experience. Parents and old people have that experience of broken hearts and deep felt emotions that bring tears and weeping. They have experienced broken hearts because of children going astray and possibly being hurt and ruin their lives. They struggle each day because of their desire for their children to not suffer what they have suffered and not to hurt the way they have hurt. This is a reason to LISTEN-UP.

VI. WISE-UP – To what is going on around you. There are many pitfalls in life. We must be aware of them. There are characters that say they are our friend but would lead us to destruction. Destruction of our character, destruction of our reputation, and destruction of our very lives. Let me tell you what a true friend is. A true friend cares for you so much that he will not lead you to do immoral or illegal things but will instead warn you to not do those things. A true friend will help you to do the RIGHT thing. A true friend will not be rebellious against the authority of parents, school officials, police officers or those older than you. Surround yourself with good friends and learn from them and make them the best friends you have.

VII. GROW-UP – There is nothing worse than being around a teenager or adult that is a whiny, crying, sullen brat. My dad used to say to me – act your age not your IQ. The assumption that is made is that teenagers are maturing and becoming responsible men and women. Sometimes that is not true. They are remained bottle babies and pout and sulk when they don’t get their way. Your age might indicate that your body is maturing but the mind is still in that stage where you are sucking milk from the bottle. You are a bottle baby. A big body with a baby mind and attitude. It is time grow up and move toward man-hood or woman-hood knowing that when we reach that magic age of 18 that we are ready go out in the world and make it on our own. I find it interesting that so many that are called men and women today that are 18-30 years old are living in mom and dads basement because they could not cope with the real world. A man 30 years old was taken to court by his mother and father to get an order for him to move out of their home.

IX. PAY-UP – Pay what you owe. Pay the Lord first. He is worthy of a minimum of 10% of your income or allowance. One you learn this then pay for the bills you make. I received a ticket one time and told my dad. He said, you got it, you pay it. If you don’t have the money, you spend that time in jail. I knew my dad was serious. If I went to jail, I knew there would be no visits. I knew I would be blessed if dad would come pick me up after they let me out of jail. Dad would not be proud to have a jailbird as a son. As long as you have a job pay up. Save enough to treat the family to ice cream cones once in a while. You driving? Pay for your own gas and pay the extra insurance on the car and be a man about it and quit your belly-aching.

X. DRESS-UP – There is not need to look homeless or like a slob or a jock all the time. Dress-up. A man in a suit is very impressive and shows maturity in choice of dress. A man in a Polo type shirt or a button up shirt with a nice pair of slacks is acceptable anywhere. Dress-up to go to church, that is what a mature man does. It honors God. Dress-up when you go to events and to town. It shows a measure of maturity and an amount of responsibility when in the presence of others.

May we show others our maturity by the way we live our lives. It is a day when slovenliness is practiced and accepted. Let us be a man and model our lives in such a way that other say, – NOW THERE GOES A MAN.

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APRIL 11 – Man’s Inventions


APRIL 11 – Man’s Inventions

Ecclesiastes 7:29  Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. 

Man was created. He was not birthed in the beginning and he did not evolve. Man was created in innocence. He had not committed sin and did not know sin. He was upright in stature and practice of living. It is mans own invention that brought sin into this world. Man is responsible for his own failings because he trusted himself when confronted with the sin of disobeying God. We are the same today. We are a rebellious and disobedient people ready to turn away from the path God has given us and chose a path of sure destruction.

What are our inventions? A way of salvation that is not God’s way. It is the way of mans own thoughts and imaginations. Never forget that salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing that man can do. Baptism is a pictorial ordinance that shows the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and identifies us with Christ. It has no part of salvation but does show obedience. Man has devised a preferred baptism that is convenient and does not show anything related to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Man has invented a Lord’s Supper that knows not the design nor the purpose of this ordinance. There are some “so-called churches” today that have so marred the Bible doctrines that they can no longer be recognized as Bible doctrine.

Man’s inventions have led us so far away from the Word of God that only lip-service is rendered. Man has even invented new ways of “persuading converts” through entertainment and persuasion. They now are making converts that are condemned to the abyss of hell because it is lip service to salvation because of persuasion. The Holy Spirit is not involved but the salesmanship and entertainment that is bringing into contact with religion, yet they have never been convicted and repented.

God’s way has always been better.

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MARCH 21 – Which Way


MARCH 21 – Which Way

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. 

We are all traveling a journey of a lifetime. Where we end up depends on the choices we make. The journey between the beginning and the ending is determined by what guides us. There are only two paths to living and two endings that will take place. There is the path of the world which many take because it fits the desire of the natural carnal nature. We also have available the path that God has laid down for us, a spiritual relationship with the Son and a spirit led path. It is important to choose a path wisely.

It is the way in which man is born. Job knowing God made this statement, “Job_5:7  Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” This is a description of the natural man without God. Isaiah had some astute words to impart about the life of man in his natural or carnal condition. “Isa_50:11  Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” What we have at birth is a sin nature that needs to be cleansed.

They see many walking in this way. Man’s propensity is to follow the crowd and be accepted as one of the crowd. Even in rebellion against the crowd, the rebel joins another crowd, not for the better and sometimes for the worse. They will put their interests in what the others find interesting. They will join the fads that others begin. If they find a need for spirituality, they will join with whoever meets their desires that allow them to be what they want to be.

It is an easy way to walk in. They will be encouraged and congratulated when they look like everyone else. They will find that the world’s philosophy will reward them even when they are in the midst of struggles and disappointment. When families are falling apart, people are struggling with addictions, they are told it is not their fault. They swing around the truth that every person is responsible for their own actions.

It is a way which is profitable to self. There are times when some find this wicked type of life to be profitable. This profitability could be financial or a position of power. It can be profitable until death rings life’s doorbell. This time of facing death is a very disconcerting time for the carnal natural man. There is fear and uncertainty involved in dying with no hope.

How shall we know this way of death? It is the way of sin. It is the course of this world. It is the way of indifference to the things of eternity. It is the easy path of the world in ignoring God and His Son Jesus Christ. The offer for forgiveness stands and is ignored. It is a free gift and is spurned. Those that have received Jesus as Savior have a brighter future at death than the natural carnal man.

What is your relationship with the Lord? Are you still a natural man or have you been cleansed by the blood?

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FEBRUARY 5 – Show thyself a Man


FEBRUARY 5 – Show thyself a Man

1Ki 2:2  I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 

3  And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 

David is about to die. He has his son Solomon before him and is giving him instructions. His first statement was, “shew thyself a man.” There are certain distinctions that reveal that a male is a true man. He guides the home based on Gods Word. He is a comfort for the family during times of sadness, loss, or trial. He follows God and the Word of God.

The Old Testament often relates that God tells a man to be strong. The names that come to mind immediately are Joshua who was told to be strong and of a good courage. Three times he was admonished to be strong and of good courage in Joshua 1:6,7,9; and Solomon is here charged by David to be strong; Asa was charged to be strong in II Chronicles 15:7. time after time the admonition is to be strong.

Long ago when I was a teenager, my father had a record he played for all the teenagers of the Church he pastored. It was by Don Lonie. He gave three things that if one would incorporate these into their life, they would live a wonderful life. Those three things are respect, responsibility, and religion. I have used these three things in messages a few times.

Respect – A lack of respect brings snarky, spiteful, and hateful responses to others. Here is where we have failed. It is with our children. A strong father will demand a respectful yes sir/ma’am or no sir/ma’am from their children. I have heard, don’t call me sir, that is my father. We have just harmed the children with such a response. We are teaching, not only God’s Word but also respect in our Sunday school. I love the term brother or sister as we address each other. It tells of a relationship. My closest preacher friends I will call Bro. Last Name when Church members are present. When others are not around I refer to them as Bro. First name. I have given them respect as a person, respect as a relationship, and respect as to holding a God called position as preacher or pastor. Be Strong in showing respect. Be strong for the family.

Responsibility – We live in a day and age where if someone does something wrong, it is never their fault but someone else is at fault. This is truly a pathetic situation. We must take responsibility for what we have done that is wrong. It is natural for a child to shun responsibility but we are to train children to take responsibility for what they do wrong. We must learn to step up to the plate, so to speak, and say I did it, it is my fault and I accept responsibility. We have become blame shifters. As a pastor, there are times I take responsibility for a mistake that someone else has made. I may have been negligent in instructing someone. I am responsible for what I teach the Church I pastor. I have been known to teach something I believed and after further study come back and apologize to the Church for teaching them something wrong. We must be strong in taking responsibility.

Religion – There are those that give religion a bad name. They say; I do not do religion, I do relationship. Everyone does religion. Some religiously lie. Some religiously steal. That is a use of the word religion. Religion and Spiritual have definitions that are very close, Yet there are those that claim they are spiritual and not religious. That raises a question in my mind, are you spiritually a Buddhist, a Hindu, maybe New Age? We sure fumble through words to establish our superiority. Here is what I am. I am religious because I have established a relationship with Jesus Christ by trusting in His death, burial, and resurrection. I religiously go to Church when there is a service. I religiously read and study Gods Word. I am a religious person spiritually identified with Jesus Christ and a fellow heir of my Savior. If we are not religiously taking our family to each and every worship service we can, we are failing our family responsibility to raise our family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

It is time we showed ourselves a man before God, our community and our family by being Strong in respect, responsibility, and religion.

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Greater Love Hath No Man Than This


Greater Love Hath No Man Than This

By Marcus Brotherton on Mar 25, 2016 10:16 am

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared at www.marcusbrotherton.com

As a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese Army in the jungles of Thailand during WWII, Ernest Gordon, a commander in a Scottish infantry battalion, saw firsthand the depths of depravity that can happen when man sinks to his lowest.

At age 24, Gordon was captured while escaping from Sumatra after the fall of Singapore. With other prisoners he was marched into the jungle to build the notorious bridge on the River Kwai.

Starvation, beatings, disease, and dawn-to-dusk slave labor were hallmarks of the death camp. The Scottish and British soldiers, normally bastions of composure, good cheer, and self-discipline, were slowly influenced by death’s destructive grip. Morale broke down, along with concern for one’s fellow man.

Over time, “nothing mattered except to survive,” wrote Gordon. “We lived by the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest. It was a case of ‘I look out for myself and to hell with everyone else.’ The weak were trampled underfoot, the sick ignored or resented, the dead forgotten. All restraints of morality [were] gone.”

Then, slowly, something remarkable began to emerge in the camp.

  • Selflessness. A few officers began to pool their meager resources. They sent food to the sick prisoners holed up in the makeshift dispensary.
  • Compassion. Gordon himself became gravely ill, and two fellow soldiers, Dusty and Dinty, volunteered to come by every day and wash his wounds.

“Several men,” Gordon wrote, “in the midst of widespread degradation and despair, kept their integrity inviolate and their faith whole.”

The supreme example of a different way of living came to a climax one horrific evening after a long day of hard labor.

That night, when the tools were counted, a Japanese guard announced that one shovel was missing. One of the prisoners had stolen the shovel to sell on the black market, it was assumed. The crime was heinous, the guard railed. The perpetrator had maligned the Emperor himself, an act punishable by death.

The guard lined up the men in the work party and demanded that whoever took the shovel confess. No one did. The guard ranted and screamed, denouncing the men for their wickedness. His rage reached a new level.

“All die! All die!” the guard shrieked. He pointed his rifle at the crowd and set his finger on the trigger. The prisoners knew he was serious.

Calmly, quietly, from the back of the work party, one solitary man stepped forward.

“I did it,” the man said.

The guard unleashed his fury on the man. In front of the rest of the prisoners, a contingent of armed guards standing by, he beat the man bloody with the butt of his rifle, crushing the man’s skull.

When the tools were counted again, it was found that all the shovels were there.

The guard had miscounted.

One man died in the dust and dirt of the death camp by the River Kwai.

One man died so that others might live.

“It was dawning on us all,” Gordon wrote, “that the law of the jungle is not the law for man:”

“We were seeing for ourselves the sharp contrast between the forces that made for life, and those that made for death.

Selfishness, hatred, envy, jealousy, greed, self-indulgence, laziness, and pride were all anti-life.

Love, heroism, self-sacrifice, sympathy, mercy, integrity, and creative faith, on the other hand, were the essence of life, turning mere existence into living in its truest sense.

These were the gifts of God to men.”

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Woman [and] Eve


 

Iššāh [and] Chawwāh

 

Today’s words will not please the militant feminists of our day, but God has done more for women than the so-called “feminist movement” could even dream of. Adam actually gave two names to the woman that God provided for him. The first, of course, was Woman (Gen_2:23), the Hebrew ’Iššāh (H802), which Adam himself defined as “taken out of Man.” She is, quite literally, a part of man. (See February 8 for another use of ’iššāh.)

 

While Greek, Roman, and Jewish culture all held women in low regard, God and His Word hold them in the highest. The OT specifically teaches that women are spiritually equal to men. The Mosaic Law was given to all Israel, women as well as men (Deu_1:1). Both were to teach it to their children (Deu_6:4-7; Pro_6:20). The protection of the law applied equally to women (cf. Exo_21:28-32). Women had inheritance rights (Num_36:1-12). Men and women alike participated in the Jewish religious feasts (Exo_12:3; Deu_16:9-15). The single greatest spiritual vow, the Nazirite vow, was open to both men and women (Num_6:2). Women were involved in spiritual service (Exo_38:8; Neh_7:67). Nor did God hesitate to deal directly with women (Gen_3:13; Gen_16:7-13; Jdg_13:3).

 

The second name Adam gave this Woman was Eve, a name that should truly bless the heart of every woman. It is the Hebrew Chawwāh (H2332), which is related to chāyāh (H2421, “to be alive”) and Adam expounds as “the mother of all living” (Gen_3:20), as she gave birth (life) to the entire human race (Gen_4:1-2). What a truth! Every wife is both an ’iššāh, who is dependent on a man for her living, and a Chawwāh, on whom every man is dependent for his life. The warm-hearted Walt Disney movie The Lion King contained a song titled “The Circle of Life,” but what we see here is the real circle of life. And God did (and continues to do) all this through one institution, marriage.

 

To each dear, godly lady who might be reading this, may God richly bless you as you bring life into this world for His glory.

 

Scriptures for Study: Read the verses mentioned in today’s study, meditating on the place God has given women and the implications of that truth.

 

 

 

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Man (4)


 

geḇer

 

One final Hebrew word for man in the OT is geḇer (H1397). At first glance this word seems to be a staggering contradiction to ’enôš, which we examined yesterday. While ’enôš pictures man’s weakness, mortality, and vulnerability, geḇer, which appears sixty-six times, declares that man is a mighty being, a virile warrior, in fact.

 

So which one is it? Is man weak or mighty? The answer is both. As one authority so well puts it: “Man is a marvelous compound of strength and weakness . . . while he is rightly called ’enôš by the corruption of his nature, he may also lay claim to the title of geḇer by virtue of the mighty energies that are capable of being exhibited in his life and character.” Though frail and feeble, it can still be said, “What a piece of work is a man!” Even in his weakness, he is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psa_139:14).

 

Geḇer, then, is often used in the context of valor in war, as there was much of that in Israel’s history. 2 Samuel 23, for example, is a virtual catalog of David’s mighty men, starting with David himself (“man”) in 2Sa_23:1. Another form of the word (gibbôr, H1368) appears some thirty-nine times in just 1 and 2 Chronicles, and is translated as “mighty men (1Ch_7:7),” “mighty men of [valour] (1Ch_12:30),” and even “mighties” (1Ch_11:12).

 

The problem comes, however, when man arrogantly thinks his power is adequate and divorces his valor and prowess from God’s enabling. “A mighty man [gibbôr] is not delivered by much strength” (Psa_33:16), and “the [mighty] man [geḇer] that [makes] not God his strength” is headed for destruction (Psa_52:1-7; “mighty man” in Psa_52:1 is gibbôr). In contrast, “Blessed is the [mighty] man [geḇer] that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is” (Jer_17:7). Further, the word for “desperately wicked” in Jer_17:9 (’ānaš, H605, “to be sick, incurable”) is related to yesterday’s word ’enôš.

 

How sad are the “macho” attitudes and descriptions of manhood today! One Christian book, for example, even says that men should get their patterns for living from the heroes in movies such as Braveheart, The Magnificent Seven, Die Hard, and Gladiator. In dramatic contrast, the biblical picture is that manliness is standing for Christ and warring against the world in His strength. My fellow Christian brethren, I would therefore humbly encourage: Let us strive to be “real men.”

 

Scriptures for Study: What prevails over the mighty man, according to Pro_21:22 (“mighty” is gibbôr)? What does that very quality then produce (Pro_24:5)?

 

 

 

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Hebrew – Man [and] Adam (1)


 

āḏām

 

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!” So wrote William Shakespeare. That is true, however, only because God alone did it all. We had nothing to do with it, regardless of the ramblings of the humanist.

 

A Greek word that perfectly illustrates this is poiēma (G4161, English “poem”), which Paul uses to refer to us as God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Eph_2:10). Another form of the word, poiētēs, refers to one who makes something or to a work of art. In ancient Greek this referred to an author or poet. So we are God’s work of art, masterpiece, or poem.

 

The Hebrew ’āḏām (H120) appears more than 550 times in the OT, 408 of which are translated man (“men” H121) and thirteen as Adam (AV). While its origin is unsure, it seems to be linked to ’āḏōm or ’āḏēm (H119), “to be red, ruddy, or dyed red.” A related word is used, for example, of David’s ruddy appearance (1Sa_16:12; 1Sa_17:42). Another clue is the Akkadian adamātu, “dark red soil,” which takes us immediately to Gen_2:7 : “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” picturing that man was created out of the very elements of the earth and is connected to it.

 

The word “formed” (yāsar, H3335) refers to fashioning or shaping something, as a potter fashions a vessel from the clay. The power of God then gave man a life that is unique over all Creation, making man in His image and likeness (Gen_1:26); while man is finite, he is still the reflection of such qualities as God’s personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, and justice. Once dead “Adamites,” we are now alive in Christ (1Co_15:22).

 

Another Creation occurs when Christ enters our life. We become the “new man” (Eph_2:15; Eph_4:24). The Greek kainos (G2537) anthropos (G444) speaks of man (as a species) becoming new in the sense of quality and having never existed before. We have truly been created new in Christ (2Co_5:17), with transformed character and habits. Indeed, “What a piece of work is a [spiritual] man!”

 

Scriptures for Study: Read Genesis 2. What observations can you note about man (Adam)? (Note: Man in Gen_2:23 is a different word, which we will examine tomorrow.)

 

 

 

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Make Your Days Count!


 

Psalm 90:10-12

 

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom,” Psalm 90:12. 

 

 

 

In the middle of his anguish and loss, Job recorded these words about the brevity of life: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not” (Job 14:1, 2).

 

I am sure there are days when you feel the same way about life. When things go wrong, it’s easy to remember how good life used to be and allow a feeling of despair and dread to come over you. But, if you are reading this, you are not done yet. God is not finished with you. As long as there is air in our lungs and blood coursing through our veins, there is work to be done. Surely, when our race is finished, God will bring us home to Him, but until then, we have a job to do. We do not accomplish that job by glorying in the past, but by hopefully marching toward the future on a wild ride of faith. Job did not give up, but pressed on in faith. God honored his faithfulness and blessed him with the resources he needed to glorify God on earth, restoring to him all that he had lost. A life of faith trusts God even in the dark days and vows to pursue God every day to make each day count. Your life may be short compared to eternity, but it is what you do with your life on earth that counts in eternity. Like the old hymn says, “Only what you do for Him will be counted in the end; only what you do for Christ will last!” (Raymond Rasberry, “Only What You Do for Christ Will Last”)

 

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

 

Will you make today count for eternity?

 

 

 

Mark Clements

 

 

 

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