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Friday, July 22 2016
1 Corinthians 7: The First Marriage
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh"
The first marriage took place in the Garden of Eden. The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) officiated the union. Notice carefully however that it was Adam who made the two famous vows: "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man" and "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
"2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Faithfulness in marriage is covered by two of the Ten Commandments:
"20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14 KJV)
While murder is widely-regarded as a death-penalty offense, all of the Ten Commandments were stated as equal. Examples:
"24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death." (Leviticus 24:16 KJV)
So too, the treachery of adultery.
"20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." (Leviticus 20:10 KJV)
Mere mockeries of marriage were no different than any other abomination.
"20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)
Paul's discourse about marriage in his letter to the Christians at Corinth (see also 1 Corinthians: That Rock Was Christ and 2 Corinthians: The Devil's Fight Along The Way) was not a matter of his own opinion. He "stuck to the script," the Holy Scriptures, that the LORD Himself had declared long before.
Paul included his own single marital status. Some believe that Paul was a widower, not lifelong single, because of his former status as a Pharisee, or that his wife had left him after his conversion. Once again, the Messiah Himself already explained about literal, or figurative "eunuchs" and about being forasken by a spouse - for physical or spiritual adultery i.e. "19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. 19:10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 19:11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 19:12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." (Matthew 19:9-12 KJV).
So it was that Paul spoke, not merely with his own authority, but with the authority of the Word of God.
"7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 7:6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
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This Day In History, July 22
838: The Battle of Anzen. Byzantine emperor Theophilos was defeated by the Abbasids (an Islamic caliphate who built their capital in Baghdad, Iraq).
1099: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Godfrey of Bouillon was proclaimed the first "Defender of the Holy Sepulchre of The Kingdom of Jerusalem" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1298: During the Wars of Scottish Independence, King Edward I used bowmen and cavalry to defeat William Wallace's Scots at Falkirk.
1456: The Siege of Belgrade during the Ottoman Wars in Europe. John Hunyadi, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary, defeated Mehmet II of the Ottoman Empire.
1499: The Battle of Dornach. Swiss forces defeated the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I.
1515: The Congress of Vienna settled disputes between Poland and the Holy Roman Empire (which was actually German; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the succession to the Hungarian throne.
1587: A second group of English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island off North Carolina to re-establish the deserted colony.
1620: A small congregation of English "Separatists," led by John Robinson, began their journey to the New World. Today, this historic group of religious refugees has come to be known as the "Pilgrims" (see The Pilgrims; also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1691: The Anglo-Dutch army defeated the French at Aghrim, India.
1706: The Acts of Union were agreed upon by commissioners from the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The agreement led to the creation of the United Kingdom.
1739: Ottoman Turks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) defeated troops of the Holy Roman Empire at Crocyka, Yugoslavia and threatened Belgrade.
1812: During the Napoleonic Wars (during the War of 1812-14 with the U.S., Britain was at the same time fighting a much larger war with Napoleon's French Empire in Europe), the Battle of Salamanca: British forces under the command of Arthur Wellesley defeated French the army near Salamanca, Spain.
1847: To escape religious persecution in the U.S., the first large group of Mormons entered the Salt Lake Valley, in what was still Mexican territory. Mormon leader Brigham Young founded Salt Lake City, Utah, soon after.
1934: "Public Enemy No. 1" criminal John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago.
1938: The Third Reich issued special identity cards for Jewish Germans (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1946: A "Zionist" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism) terrorist organization, known as the Irgun, blew up the King David Hotel in Jerusalem that housed the British Army Headquarters (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace to understand how the present-day state of "Israel" became an independent nation because Britain freed them from centuries of occupation by the Ottoman Empire). About 700 pounds of high explosives demolished one wing of the hotel, killing 91 people were - 41 Arabs, 28 British, 17 Jews and 5 other nationalities. Irgun leader Menachem Begin (a future Prime Minister of Israel who signed the Camp David Accord) later claimed that the homicides were not intended and that sufficient advance warning by telephone had been given.
1948: The people of Newfoundland (at the time, a British colony) voted in a referendum to join Canada.
1950: King Leopold III returned to Belgium after six years in exile.
1981: Mehmet Ali Agca, 23, was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May of that year.
1999: The cremated ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were scattered in the waters off Martha's Vineyard where their bodies had been recovered from the crash site the day before, 3 days after their plane, piloted by inexperienced Kennedy, crashed into the ocean on July 16.