What in the world makes us so embarrassed about the gospel? For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). We are going to address the subject of divorce because it is the theme of our Lords teaching in Mark chapter 10.Mark chapter 10. Were going to be looking at the twelve verses that launch this chapter and its going to be in two parts, one this morning and another one next Sunday. So Im going to let you know that so that youre not wondering why.
I havent gotten to all of the issues that relate to this theme. im unable to do that until next Sunday and well finish up this text next Sunday morning. And then next Sunday evening, Im going to add a special message on the issue of divorce from 1 Corinthians chapter 7. That will give you the full picture of what the Scripture teaches about divorce. Weve also put a little notice in Grace Today about the book, The Divorce Dilemma, which is a handy guide to take you through the Scripture to help you understand these.
Issues. Were in Mark chapter 10, The Truth About Divorce. Now if you ask the question, how does God view divorce? There is a short answer. The short answer is given by God Himself in Malachi, the last prophecy at the end of your Old Testament, chapter 2 verse 16 where God says, I hate divorce I hate divorce. That is Gods attitude toward a widely accepted, extremely popular and timehonored institution in human societyGod hates divorce.
What brought god to say that through the prophet malachi at the end of the old testament? well the answer to that is just a little bit of history. The Jews had come back from their captivity in Babylon. You remember because of their idolatry, they were taken captive to Babylon? There were three deportations, they were there in Babylon essentially for a period of 70 years, after which they were allowed to return to Israel, to rebuild. They came back from Babylon in about 536 B.C., within 20 years they had rebuilt the city.
Of jerusalem and the temple. this was a modest temple compared to the solomonic temple that had been destroyed by the Babylonians when they sacked the city. But the temple had been rebuilt, a temple, and sacrifices had been renewed. So they had a city. They had a wall. They were constituted as a nation and now they had their temple and they had their sacrifices. They had their worship. Within a hundred years, they had made their religion a ritual. They had defected from God. They were not idolatrous.
The babylonian captivity had cured them of that permanently, even down to this day. but they had made their religion nothing but an external ritual. Malachi points out that their attitudes toward God were demeaning, unrighteous and hardhearted. They were characterized by a form of religion which they maintained and hearts that were packed full of sin and disobedience. Malachi writes his prophecy to indict them and he speaks to them about their sins, he defines their sins in very specific terms and he calls.
For repentance. Now Malachi is what we call a postexillic prophet.He prophesied after the exile, upon the return. That puts him in the world of a man that you probably are familiar with, NehemiahNehemiah. Although the book of Nehemiah is much earlier in the Old Testament, it belongs in chronology at the same time as Malachi. Its placed earlier because its history. Malachis placed at the end with the rest of the prophets because.
Its prophecy The sins that Nehemiah identified were the very same sins that Malachi saw. Lets turn to Nehemiah and the last chapter of Nehemiah which chronologically would be the last chapter of Old Testament history. The thirteenth chapter of Nehemiah would be the final chapter in unfolding Old Testament history. Nehemiah identifies a particular sin that is characteristic of the people of Israel. Chapter 13, verse 23, In those days I also saw that the Jews.
Does The First Amendment Really Protect Speech Religion
The first amendment to the united states constitution might be the most frequently debated amendment in US history. Although it is regularly used as shorthand to talk about freedom of speech, it also includes a number of other important clauses, without which the US would be unrecognizable. So, what exactly is in the First Amendment? Well, most importantly, and perhaps the source of so much misunderstanding, is that the Amendment begins with Congress shall make no law. Many people gloss over this part. They believe.
That the first amendment personally guarantees them an inalienable right to speech, press, religion, and so on. But all it really covers is what Congress is not allowed to restrict through specific laws. Now, surprisingly, the First Amendment is only 45 words long. It opens with, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. This is called the Establishment Clause. It means that Congress cannot favor.
A particular religion through legislature, nor can it legislate against the practice of a particular religion. This clause has been used to stop statesanctioned prayer in public schools, as well as to remove several displays of the Ten Commandments in front of courthouses. It is also the basis of what is referred to as the separation between church and state. Next is the freedom of speech. Often it is used to justify a persons supposed right.
To publicly state anything they want, however, this is very far from the truth. there are a lot of situations where speech is extremely limited, and it is completely legal. For example, being blocked for spamming on the internet is not a violation of free speech, because private individuals can dictate whatever rules theyd like in regards to speech limitations. Additionally, the Supreme Court has ruled that there are a number of exceptions to free speech. When it comes to provocation, lying, obscenity, child pornography, threats, and.
Copyrighted material, there are strict rules. Freedom of press is similar, but better understood. It prohibits Congress from interfering with the publication of information. It applies not only to professional journalists, but regular citizens too. This is especially relevant now that anybody can blog or tweet to a wide audience. However, if the press is defamatory and damaging, there are still certain limitations. The scope of what is defamatory has long been debated.
Then there is the right of the people to peaceably assemble. but again, this prevents congress from passing a specific law prohibiting peaceful demonstrations. If a demonstration is in violation of another law, for example if it endangers public safety, then there is nothing illegal about it being dispersed, or people being arrested. Finally, the First Amendment allows for people to petition the government for a redress of grievances. This clause is almost totally unknown, but it allows citizens to do things.
Like file lawsuits against the government, or lobby public officials. it protects citizens from prosecution if they complain or try to address their problems through government channels. And, thats it. The First Amendment isnt very long, but it covers a huge number of rights. If youve ever had questions about legal rights in the U.S. like can you legally.