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Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
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Rev. Bob Celeste
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While it is only days before we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus the Messiah. And while I do want to get on a CHRISTmas theme, today, once again, we are going to study more about the "Natural use of the woman". Why? Because it is days before CHRISTmas and in the event Christ decides to rapture His church on the very day we celebrate His birth, I don't want any more than needs be, to be left behind.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, if we confess our sins, He(Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him(Jesus) a liar, and His(God the Father) Word(God the Son, Jesus thru the Holy Ghost) is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 ACP/KJV) A woman can not repent if she does not know what's wrong and needs be repented of. Nor can a husband or father tell her what to repent of if we don't not know what is wrong.
So, this is the last thought on this line, I pray, till after CHRISTmas. But today, we must needs revisit this most important subject. For disobedience means death.
Lord, normally this, my prayer, is normally between You and me, but since this series is such that it is, let me make it public: Lord God of Creation, Thou who created the universe, please do not let me lead any astray. If this or any thought that I do is such that it is wrong and will lead any from You and not to You, please prevent it from happening. Do what ever You have to do to prevent me from ever becoming one who is a false preacher. Thank You Lord Jesus for it is in Your name I pray to God the Father through God the Holy Ghost. Amen.
OK, let's go. Let's start back in Luke 17 with the question, "when will the kingdom come?".
20 And when Jesus was demanded (questioned forcefully, rudely, and/or arrogantly) of (by) the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, 'Lo here! or, lo there!' for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. What Jesus is telling them is that they will not know when the kingdom will not come by looking at a calendar, nor will they know by some other coming and saying "follow me" or "come look the Christ has come He is over in such and such a town.". This He said to the unsaved, those who were not His followers.
22 And He said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23 And they shall say to you, 'See here; or, see there:' go not after them, nor follow them. 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day(returns to rapture the true Church, the time that begins the seven years of tribulation.). In verses 22-24 Jesus is answering the same question, but this time His answer is addressed to His followers, then and today and His answer is just a plain today as it was then when read by a Believer.
25,26,&27 But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28&29 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. (Luke 17:20-32 ACP/KJV)
OK. Here we get back into the "Natural use of the woman. In verses 25 thru 32 we see examples of what it will be like when the Lord returns and raptures His church. Two things I want you to focus on. First in verses 28-32 we not only see what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, but also to Lot's wife. For what happened to Lot's wife and why we go back to Genesis 19.
1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 2 And he said, "Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways." And they said, "Nay; but we will abide in the street all night." 3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, "Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them." 6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, 7 and said, "I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof."
9 And they said, "Stand back". And they said again, "This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them." And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10 But the men (angels) put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men (angels) said unto Lot, "Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it." 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, "Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city". But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, "Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city."
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed."
18 And Lot said unto them, "Oh, not so, my Lord: 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."
21 And he (one of the angels) said unto him, "See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken. 22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:1-23 ACP/KJV)
Now before I continue, it is time for you to make a choice. Men are you going to allow your unmarried daughters, to follow the likes of Dr. Phil, Ophra, Dr. Laura, and other Christ deniers or are you going to teach them to respect, honor and follow the teachings of God? They can not do both. Husbands you to need to decide whose rules you are going to lead your wife to follow as well.
For here we see the penalty for disobedience by a wife. God's direct representatives told Lot and his family "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee," yet Lot's wife disobeyed and looked behind her and look at what happened: " But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt." Fathers you need to instill in your daughters as do husbands need to instill in their wife an understanding that the penalty for disobedience of God's word, it is death.
Now, let us look at God has told us about how and what a God fearing wife is to do, let us start with the punishment God has placed upon all women of all ages in penalty for the rebellious behaviour of Eve.
Unto the woman God said,
first: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; God has here commanded that women are to have children and that they will from henceforth remember the price of disobedience by having tremendous pain in the delivery fo those children.
second: and thy desire shall be to thy husband, Regardless of the pain involved in bringing forth children a wives inner sense is to serve her husband and to give him children.
third: and he shall rule over thee. Marriage is not a 50/50 deal, God has put husbands in control, He has made the husband the head of the household and has commanded that a women be under his control.
While the so called experts of the day tell women that they need to get out of the house and have a career and that marriage is a fifty/fifty deal, God tells them to stay home and have children. Now, as we will see in proverbs 31, there is more to being a wife than having children, but that we will cover another day. Let it suffice at this time to say that once a women's children are grown, she has other things to do and they may very well involve work outside the home. But never is she to be rebellious of her or to her husband.
God expounds on this, through the pens of Paul and Peter, today we will only have time to look at a small sampeling of what God said thorough Paul's pen.
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 For I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. (1 Timothy 2:9-15 ACP/KJV)
A women, in fulfilling the natural role of the women, should be modest in dress, speech and behaviour. She should be submissive and attentive to her husbands teachings, she should never forget that it was Eve whom satan corrupted, not Adam. And she should remember that by being a godly wife, having children, being sober, being obedient to God and her husband, she will be saved. Not by following the garbage spewed out of the mouths of those who would lead her to be rebellious against her husband and Gods ordained role for her.
Let us continue.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Ephesians 5:22-24 ACP/KJV) Notice that word "everything" in the command for a wife to submit to and obey her husband? There are preachers out there that read a lot of if, ands, and buts into that, but in Scripture the command is clear, Wives submit to and obey your husbands.
Let's go to Titus for a minute:
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5 ACP/KJV)
Are you starting to get the picture of what God expects from a women? Are you starting to see how God wants a women to behave? How He want parents to raise their daughters? Before I continue, I am going to add something, a thought of my own, not Scripture, but from me. Men, are you the type of man a father who has raised a God fearing God obeying daughter, would want to entrust his daughter to?
I got a note from a person on AsMaineGoes.com this morning concerning the study of the "Natural use of the women":
"I think the following verse gives us a great deal of understanding on this subject:
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? 4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
It was God's plan for a man and a woman to become one flesh. The natural use of the woman is to complete the man, and vise versa."
A bit of an over simplification I think, but surely accurate. God made women from mans rib, upon seeing Eve, Adam declared: "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
God then declared and made an everlasting ordinance: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:23&24 ACP/KJV)
God made women out of the rib of a man, men are to love their wives as much, if not more, than any other part of their body. And a wife is to obey her husband just as any other part of his body obeys him. When a man turns his head to look, his eyes focus on that in which he is looking. When a man raise his hand to pick something up his fingers curl around the object to be picked up. And so should a women obey her husband.
What must a women do who has violated God's rules? The very same thing man must do, " if we confess our sins, He(Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Confess and repent. Confession is the admission to the Lord that you have not been a godly women and have not been doing as you should, according to His rules. Repentance is turning away from that sin and trying to do better, it means biting your tongue and obeying your husband if you are married and your father if you are single for starters.
The Lord bless you all and may He make women better wives and daughters and men better fathers and husbands, for the bottom line is this: Men God has put her under your control, He will hold you responsible. Just as God had to come to earth and shed His blood to atone for the sin of man, so must man take responsibility for the women. That is another study for another day, and God willing, I will one day do it.
Lord Jesus, please help women to become as obedient to you as was Mary and us men to be as strong and godly as Joseph. Amen.
Two pieces of additional reading to do with this thought and before we continue after the first of the year. Always be on your guard, never let your guard down. and How do I/we know I/we are in love?
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Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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