Defiled Minds and Consciences

Daily Scripture readings for January, set #19:

Nehemiah 13
Proverbs 14:19-35
Luke 19:1-10
Titus 1:10-16

One of my long-standing Old Testament questions revolves around the harems of the kings, such as Solomon (300 wives and 700 concubines). Nehemiah 13:26 weighs in: “Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin.” Obviously this doesn’t directly answer the polygamy aspect of that question, but it still ties Solomon’s sin to his appetite for women.

“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty” (Prov 14:23). Less talk, mor do. Greg Braly, the children’s pastor at New Hope Church, said something similar in his sermon this morning: “God gives grace to those in the battle, not those on the sidelines.”

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Not just save… SEEK and save.

When one is an unbeliever, one’s mind and conscience are not merely without Christ/salvation/light/whatever, but are DEFILED. “To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled” (Titus 1:15).

Daily Scripture readings for Jauary, set #20:

Esther 1
Proverbs 15:1-17
Luke 19:11-27
Titus 2:1-10

“But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command delivered by the eunuchs. At this the king became enraged, and his anger burned within him” (Est 1:12). An interesting and even ironic circumstance to pave the way for Esther.

More financial wisdom from Proverbs: “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it” (vs 16).

Scripture tells us that love is an attribute of God. Is Luke 19:27 compatible with this? “But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”

CONTROVERSIAL PASSAGE ALERT. “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:3-5). Apparently the absence of the behavior listed in verses 3-4 results in the word of God being “reviled.” Is that a fair implication from this text?

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