Mark 2:23-27 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. 24 The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? 26 In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”
27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
The point is the law was made for man, not the other way around. The bible would be the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica if God took the time to write down each and every exception for each rule and law. I refuse to believe that God would want a wife to stay with a violent abuser or in some other extreme scenario. I don't know why you got divorced so only you can know if your reasons were the correct ones.
Praise God for those few who are taking their walk with the Lord seriously. But there is a reason why the world holds that the church by and large is full of compromise, lack of true passion for souls, secret sins and hypocrisy. Although the way is narrow, His house will be full.
Do you honestly think that after the start we had in the book of Acts, that the best He can do is what we generously refer to as “church”? When was the last time you heard men in the world look at us an exclaim “Behold how they love one another!” Yeah, me neither.
God is returning for a respondent bride prepare to meet her husband. We are healed, but only slightly. And sadly, despite the many promises of God, we are content to have one foot in the world and the other clutching our bus pass to Heaven. No one is taught how to possess their vessels in sanctification and honor. No one is exhorted to run their race as if there is but one prize. Is this not adequate reason to lament and warn?
David was asked once, when Jerusalem was in captivity, to play a nice uplifting song on his harp. He responded “Ho can I sing songs of joy, when God’s people lie in captivity?” It is a good question, one you may want to ponder.
God has more for us, far more than we now can even comprehend. But until we acknowledge our low state, and cry out for Him to deliver us from the power of the world, our flesh and the devil that rule over us with an inescapable grip, nothing will change. And brother, it must.
Funny thing. I seem to remember something called the Reformation . . . that started with some folks who thought the Roman Catholic church had gotten too far from Scripture and wanted to call it back - but God had other plans. People died so you could read the Bible in your native language - some still die today among groups that don't have the Bible in their own language yet. This is not an attack, but all I seem to be seeing here is what appears to be a real problem with authority in the church. Paul had some things to write to Timothy about that and its mentioned in his other letters too.
I get it that someone would have an issue with the modern churches. I've traveled extensively over the years and I've been badly mistreated in some places, but certainly not all. I've been able to be a part of some wonderful gatherings - and some that were so far out of the park they didn't realize the game was over in Revelation. I've also had very sincere people tell me I wasn't saved because I hadn't done or didn't have something they thought was necessary, but guess what: God ordained the NT church and its part of His plan - and I'm supposed to be part of that as a believer. He's got me in a good place now, but that can change as He allows it.
The best churches I've ever been to were the ones that weren't on main street with fancy buildings and pricey cars in the parking lot. Most have been "hole in the wall" place where God still works among His people. Perhaps you're looking at the wrong churches. Just sayin'.
Sorry But "we" do not!
I state that I have enjoyed the high privilege of God leading me to association with so many saints in Christ Jesus over many decades now that are living the command of Jesus, that I cannot abide such a lament as we have a diet of milk.
Each and every one of the many God has placed me near have had great impact upon my own journey. I learn to this day by their example and by the word of God taught by so many and by their encouragement for me to read the Bible, to think on the word, to pray and make application of it, in all that I do. I am ever humbled in how much more there is for me to learn.
Further; I suggest lamenting becomes a very bad habit in some saints, and then even a limiting disease of the heart, and that any and all lamenters defeat them self by their own tongue with it's lamenting. All the while many thousands and perhaps many tens of thousands of born again saints are about the word and work of God reacting praying thinking and making pesonal application of it every day.
I choose to identify with those that are out and about as happy witnesses giving testimony of the saving grace and mercy of God.
I feed on their testimonial message, their work, their example, to my own benefit, as I am awed by God's patience with us all.
May God bless all that are going about even this moment doing all that they do to His Glory.
A point you and I will probably never agree on is just who all does God's Word point to as the children of Israel.
I am one who does not disregard the continued existence of the ten lost tribes. They are not lost to God, and if one actually pays attention in their OT Bible study, and then takes a real look at history, they will discover quite a lot of Bible prophecy pointing to the ten tribes of the "house of Israel" in the last days. And that is actually about the majority of Israelites, and they are not even in the state of Israel today.
God made Ezekiel a watchman to the "house of Israel". In Ezekiel's day, the ten tribe "house of Israel" had already been scattered out of the holy land, the "house of Judah" only remaining in the lands of old Israel.
21 And I will set My glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see My judgment that I have executed, and My hand that I have laid upon them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against Me, therefore hid I My face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid My face from them.
25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for My holy name;
It was the ten tribes of the northern kingdom of the "house of Israel" which God scattered first and made them lose knowledge of their heritage as part of Israel. That is why God shows at that point 'they' will know who they really are, and even the nations will then understand why they went into captivity. That passage is a repeat big time of Scripture like Hosea, which is prophecy meant for the ten scattered tribes of Israel.
But did God hide His face from the "house of Judah" (i.e., the Jews)? No, He did not. He punished these also for their iniquity, but He caused a remnant of them to return from their Babylon captivity to build the city again and the 2nd temple. And in 1948 He moved their creation as a nation state again in the middle east, which was actually just continued fulfillment of His promise to David and to Jerusalem that He would always leave one tribe in Jerusalem (1 Kings 11).
That Ezekiel 39:21-24 Scripture is pointing especially to the ten tribes of the "house of Israel", except the 25th verse where it says, "the whole house of Israel". Before God split old Israel into two nations, giving ten tribes to Jeroboam of Ephraim, all of Israel was known as the "house of Israel". But not after the split of Israel which God did in Solomon's day (1 Kings 11 forward). Now why would God even bother to mark His meaning of all the tribes of Israel with that "whole house of Israel" distinction? It's because the "house of Israel" phrase BEFORE THE FINAL GATHERING is only about the scattered ten tribes of Israel. The following is still yet to happen:
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be My people, and I will be their God.
That of course has yet to happen today. The two sticks are still apart. Lot of Jews try to say that has come to pass with the nation state of Israel in 1948. But they have to throw away that Ezek.37:22 verse about, "and one king shall be king to them all". The nation state of Israel still doesn't have a king sitting upon a throne yet. Moreover, the coming pseudo-Christ is to come first to try and sit upon a throne in today's Jerusalem and proclaim himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).