...is what we are supposed to do. Many things are examples of what can go wrong when a person is not following God's will.
The Bible is an ongoing history of God’s relationship to man. We believe it was inspired by God and written by men who spent time in prayer and learning about God. Their writing is referred to as scriptures. Paul – who studied them all of his life – tells Timothy who inspired them and how to use them:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
He also tells why:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:17 KJV)
The examples of biblical patriarchs who had multiple wives in the Old Testament were used last year to laugh at “traditional marriage.” If we follow their examples, men who took as many wives as King David is recording as doing could be considered men after God’s own heart:
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. (1 Samuel 13:14 KJV)
And they would be wrong. David sought God’s counsel and lived with consequences when he failed to follow God’s will. Please do not skip over the consequences when pointing to how people fail to comply with what they’ve been taught. David lost a baby over his adultery and murder; he lost overs over simmering rivalry’s between differing sons/mothers.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:16-17 KJV)
This is what the Lord told Adam – we are not told what Adam told Eve, but we are told what she told the serpent:
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Genesis 3:2-3 KJV)
She added “neither shall ye touch it” and subtracted “thou shalt surely die.” A good example why the scripture should be read with attention, prayer and a heart open to hearing God’s message. But, He knows some will never see nor hear:
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. (Isaiah 6:9 KJV)
Jesus often quoted scripture, showing the continuity of God’s will:
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:14-15 KJV)
I have been remiss in spreading this wonderful story God has shared with us. Come, read the Bible with me. Take time to see if what I’ve written here is true. If not, let me know.