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EVEN CHRIST PLEASED NOT HIMSELF

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  In Romans 15:3  we read: “For even Christ pleased not Himself”.  This is the theme that runs throughout the Bible. As we see also in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”.  The theme is simply this that God loves to give.  The closer one is to God the more he will live for others. On the other hand, the one who is far from God will live for himself.  In Hebrews 12:2 we read that one of the reasons for Jesus   enduring the cross was the great glory which would follow.  But as we notice in John 14:1-3 Jesus wished to share this with His disciples.  In the Old Testament, a good example is in the life of Joseph: sold by his brothers into slavery, he emerges the most powerful man in the empire.  In Genesis 45:7we see his godlike attitude:” And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance”.  Of course, the one `who is the farthest from God is Satan. Where God delights to give and help, Satan’s entire goal is to take, all centered on self.  

     An example for today would be that of a strong young man meeting a girl either in a busy city or in the woods.   If he is a truly godly young man living close to God the first thought in his mind would be: how can I help her?; If she is lost, I’ll take her hand and lead her home; if she is frightened I’ll calm her fears.  If he is not like God he would use the occasion for his pleasure.  Now I hear people say that they want a God Who makes no demands.  But think about it.  Would the girl wish to meet a young man who lived like this?  Would she not rather meet a strong man who believed in a God Who expected him to love and help the weak?  She  would rather meet someone who really believed that=It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a Living God  Hebrews 10:31. 

 

A biblical example is that of David and Bathsheba.  You can read the entire story in IISamuel 11-18 where you will see not only the sin but also the  consequences.  I’ll  outline it here:

            II Samuel 11:1=It really begins here. Instead of going into the field with his men David sends Joab.  David stays comfortably at  home.  At this point in his life David is far from God,  He is not where he should be.

II SamuelI:2= David sees Bathsheba and is tempted

IISamuel11:3 and 4=David tries to keep his unlawful act a secret.  Satan puts the thought in David’s mind. “ Sin without consequences”  is always Satan’s temptation.

IISamuel 11:5=The truth begins to come out.

II SAMUEL 11:5-8=The second cover up.

II Samuel II:9-13=The cat comes out of the bag.  Uriah does not go home to his wife.

II Samuel 11:14-17=The third coverup

            II Samuel II:27=God sees all and never forgets

                                                Four of David’s sons die

                                                Absalom rebels against David

                                                Ammon follows  David‘s example in sinfulness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, Steve

            I was going to send this out as a form letter, but am sending it to you first to see what you think.  Anything I should add?

 

 

EVEN CHRIST PLEASED NOT HIMSELF                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In Romans 15:3 we read: “For even Christ pleased not Himself”.  This is the theme that runs throughout the Bible. As we see also in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”.  The theme is simply this that God loves to give.  The closer one is to God the more he will live for others. On the other hand, the one who is far from God will live for himself.  In Hebrews 12:2 we read that one of the reasons for Jesus   enduring the cross was the great glory which would follow.  But as we notice in John 14:1-3 Jesus wished to share this with His disciples.  In the Old Testament, a good example is in the life of Joseph: sold by his brothers into slavery, he emerges the most powerful man in the empire.  In Genesis 45:7we see his godlike attitude:” And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance”.  Of course, the one `who is the farthest from God is Satan. Where God delights to give and help, Satan’s entire goal is to take, all centered on self.  

     An example for today would be that of a strong young man meeting a girl either in a busy city or in the woods.   If he is a truly godly young man living close to God the first thought in his mind would be: how can I help her?; If she is lost, I’ll take her hand and lead her home; if she is frightened I’ll calm her fears.  If he is not like God he would use the occasion for his pleasure.  Now I hear people say that they want a God Who makes no demands.  But think about it.  Would the girl wish to meet a young man who lived like this?  Would she not rather meet a strong man who believed in a God Who expected him to love and help the weak?  She  would rather meet someone who really believed that=It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a Living God  Hebrews 10:31. 

 

A biblical example is that of David and Bathsheba.  You can read the entire story in IISamuel 11-18 where you will see not only the sin but also the  consequences.  I’ll  outline it here:

            II Samuel 11:1=It really begins here. Instead of going into the field with his men David sends Joab.  David stays comfortably at  home.  At this point in his life David is far from God,  He is not where he should be.

II SamuelI:2= David sees Bathsheba and is tempted

IISamuel11:3 and 4=David tries to keep his unlawful act a secret.  Satan puts the thought in David’s mind. “ Sin without consequences”  is always Satan’s temptation.

IISamuel 11:5=The truth begins to come out.

II SAMUEL 11:5-8=The second cover up.

II Samuel II:9-13=The cat comes out of the bag.  Uriah does not go home to his wife.

II Samuel 11:14-17=The third coverup

            II Samuel II:27=God sees all and never forgets

                                                Four of David’s sons die

                                                Absalom rebels against David

                                                Ammon follows  David‘s example in sinfulness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, Steve

            I was going to send this out as a form letter, but am sending it to you first to see what you think.  Anything I should add?

 

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September 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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