*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*STRANGE BUT FAMILIAR.(2)*
Jude 1:7 *Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
God is holy. Any other thing that is different from what He expects from us is strange to Him.
Aaron' sons sacrificed what God did not expect from them. Therefore, their sacrifice was considered a strange fire, Lev 10:1.
Jude reminds us of Sodom and Gomorrha referring to their sodomy as strange flesh. The flesh is made to respond to its opposite sex so it is strange flesh for flesh to respond to its same sex. Jude was saying it is an unnatural desire, and this refers to homosexual desire or homosexual lust similar to what was exhibited in Sodom in Genesis 19.
Today, attempts have been made to make this familiar in our society or even make it compatible with Church doctrines and biblical teachings.
The attempts have shifted to some laws enacted to make it familiar, and this has made it to gain momentum today.
Jude tells us that whatever is strange to God, but we choose as familiar traits among us, will attract God’s willingness and ability to judge such actions in the future as He judged Sodom and Gomorrha.
In some other parts of the bible, God warns us about other vices that are not meant to be found in us.
The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20, serve as a standard rule and law to guide our personal and core values in order to please God.
They are to guide our behavior with others.
In the Ten Commandments, God was saying that His prohibitions should not be heard among us.
According to the Ten Commandments, we are made to know these vices as wrongs we are not to be familiar with.
Why are things God did not want from us familiar with us?
John 3:19 says *And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.*
Further illustrations of our depraved minds to choose to be familiar with strange things God prohibits are also seen in Paul's warnings
Paul warns us not to keep company with fornicators but we are familiar with them, 1 Cor 5.
It is no longer strange today but familiar that a man would sleep with his father's wife.
The world is no longer a stranger to this, but it is a common place, in fact, a norm!
They should be alienated from us.
They are not only familiar with us but are well embraced in our society.
Human sacrifices, Deut 18:10 ought not be found among us, but it is familiar.
Paul says in Eph 5:3 *But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Committing immoral and sinful acts inside a Church such as robbery, murder or sexual acts.
Defiance and insolence to the Holy Spirit are rampant. People do not repent their sins, and they are not seeking a righteous life.
If you love God, you will not offer your body to sin. Be an enemy to this stranger and let God be your familiar friend.
We ought to love what God loves.
*Call to Word action.*
Your sin is not your friend but an enemy. If you choose sin as a friend, it does not see you as one but as a servant.
Rom 6:16 *Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Resolve never to live in the sins that define you as a friend.
Lord, help me not to make sin, my friend, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day.
God bless you.