Romans 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
God made you! He either made you a male or a female (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4). As such, He expects each of us to act, look, and live like what He made us in every way. Ever more frequently, the world and the Devil have blurred the lines of distinction between male and female. One of the most grievous outcomes of the blurring of distinctions between male and female has resulted in the public’s acceptance of the sin which led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God condemned it then and condemns it no less today. The Lord wants men and women to be distinct and look differently in every possible way. As such, He created the genders with obvious physical differences. He even admonished each gender to bear clear and distinct differences in length of hair (1 Corinthians 11:14-15) and commanded them to maintain obvious distinctions in apparel (Deuteronomy 22:5). In other words, focus upon looking like what God created you to be.
- (For children):Doing the opposite of what God says is rebellion and pride. It will always harm us and cause us to miss out on God’s intended blessings. Absalom was proud of his long hair. It eventually cost him his life (2 Samuel 18:9, 14-15). Mary used her long hair to show honour to Jesus. Could she have done this if her hair was the length of a man’s (John 12:3)?
- (For everyone):Why would the Lord create male and female distinctly and then be satisfied for them losing their distinctions? What are some of these distinctions that have been lost that need to be restored to societies?
- What does the word abomination mean? What kind of clothes might pertain to a man? What kind of clothes might be considered a woman’s garment?
- Ask God to help you to distinguish yourself as a male or female.
- Ask God to help you refrain from questioning how He made you.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 30)
Subject: Chastening or Punishment
A Bible-believer trusts that God chose His words very carefully in order to accomplish His purpose in any given passage.
Though it may be seen as harsh by those who receive it, punishment is a calculated response to wrongdoing.
God chastens His people, not for the sake of justice, but for the sake of strengthening and correcting them.
Chastening is not merely a means of judgment implemented by the Lord for wrongdoing, but is a proof of sonship.