El Origen y Propósito del Matrimonio / The Origin & Purpose of Marriage
Is there a Doctor in the house?
Sickness and death are on all minds. COVID-19 now ravages the U.S., straining if not mocking our knowledge, skill, and preparedness. And on top of the threat to life is tremendous toll this could take on our economy. Lives and livelihoods falter.
But there is a far more fearsome disease. The human heart has been infected by sin, the God-challenging, self-destructive virus we all inherited from our first parents. “And as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” This virus is infinitely more lethal than the Coronavirus. And no hospital, no doctor can treat it.
But God, looking down with pity on our sin-sick race, sent His Son. Jesus came as the Doctor, the Master Physician. And He has come to heal you, friend.
Tomorrow morning we will be considering the following passage at our 10:30 livestreamed service. Join us then on our Facebook page. We also have a service in the evening at 7:00.
“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Mat But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matt. 9:9-13).
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Religion by whip and lash
Exo 32:1, “And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we [know] not what is become of him.”
“Hence we may understand that hypocrites so fear God as that religion vanishes from their hearts, unless there be some task-master (exactor) standing by them to keep them in the path of duty.”
Baby at 13 weeks
Well, apparently evolution has failed to make us invincible behind the wheel. So humans have retooled themsellves to give Darwinism a little boost. This better (?) human being is able to roll with rolls, to bob and weave with head-ons. Only, I think there’s one design flaw. This better human cannot procreate because he is so repulsive.
I’ll stick with Intelligent Design. God makes perfect humans – able to build vehicles, make them safer, find romance, and perpetuate the race. No accident!
El cuerpo humano como imagen de Dios
“Con nuestro cuerpo vemos, hablamos, andamos, descendemos, escalamos, y mucho mas. Y en la Sagrada Escritura, todas estas funciones, y muchas mas, son atribuidas no solo a nuestro Dios, pero son atribuidas en terminos de los mismos sentidos y miembros del cuerpo que nosotros usamos por ellas. Dios tambien oye con su oido, ve con su ojo, anda con sus pies, golpea con su mano, salva con su brazo, seala con su dedo, siente con su corazon, muestra ira en su cara, y tanto mas. De todas estas expresiones y manifestaciones de vida en Dios, una estampa ha sido puesta en el hombre, y esta estampa se expresa por medio de los miembros y sentidos del cuerpo. Y por lo tanto so se vale decir que nuestro cuerpo no tiene nada que ver con la imagen de Dios.”
-Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)
The human body as image of God
“With our body we see, we speak, we walk, we descend, we climb, and so much more. And in the Holy Scripture, all these functions, and so many more, are ascribed not only to our God, but they are ascribed in terms of the same senses and members of the body that we use for them. God also hears with his ear, sees with his eye, walks with his feet, strikes with his hand, saves with his arm, points with his finger, feels with his heart, moans in his inner parts, shows wrath in his face, and so much more. Of all these expressions and manifestations of life in God, an imprint has been put in man, and this imprint expresses itself through the members and senses of the body. And for this reason it won’t do to say that our body as such has nothing to do with the image of God.”
-Abraham Kuyper, Common Grace, 1:187