Sermon 15-5-17

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

1. John 4: 11 to 16:

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

So let us love one another because we are the beloved of God. Loving another is doing the will of God following his example, following his spirit, following the Holy Ghost. This is what God intended us to do, when he created us in his image, after his imagination in

Gen. 1: 27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

This is the most important part of a human being, male and female, nothing else is mentioned in Genesis, not a big brain, not an opposable thumb, only being male and female. The Gesenius Dictionary actually says that the Hebrew words are reminiscent of the modern words for the private organs. That’s how God had made men.

If you are looking for the story of the woman being made from the man’s rib, this is in the second chapter of Genesis. The name Eve only occurs twice in Genesis: 3: 20 and 4: 1.

Gen. 1: 27 does not deal with reproduction. That is dealt with in the next verse

Gen. 1: 28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, ….

This is the same what he had said to the animals in Gen. 1: 22. King James translated in this verse, ‘fill the waters’ instead of ‘replenish’, however the Hebrew words are the same in both verses.

Yet nowhere does Genesis mention that the animals are male and female. Being male and female was not seen as necessary to reproduction in the beginning. Finding our that this most pleasant of all touches has to do with it is the Original Sin and I refer you regarding this to the chapter on this topic in Greetings from Paradise, Dear Reader.

Being male and female is the prerequisite for heavenly love! This explains why sex is so much fun. Why won’t a man go up to a pretty woman and poke his finger up her nose? That’s a pretty similar act isn’t it? Male and female, or better translated with a permeator and a tight small hollow., that is important.

The Original Sin was the recognition of what this pleasant touch does. It was to eat of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. When God punished the woman, he said,

Gen. 3: 16: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy man, and he [shall] rule over thee.

There is no word for husband in Hebrew. This means that the woman shall have sex in sorrow. She shall not be able to engage in this most pleasant of all activities ever again without thinking of pregnancy and child birth!

The ending of this verse keeps many from the faith. Shall a man rule over his woman? That’s not what the verse means. These are natural laws, not legal laws. The words in the first chapters of Genesis are God’s words when he made the world and arranged things. They are valid and cannot be circumvened.

A legal law can be breached. ‘Thou shalt not steal.’ Stealing is easy, but you shall not do so! Control yourself! ‘He shall rule over theee’ means that the woman, even though she might want to avoid pregnancy and child birth, just can’t help herself. Her desire is towards the man! She still wants to have sex!

The greatest sex you can only have when the woman does not think of pregnancy, childbirth or fears to be dumped pregnant or of modern relationship ideals, derived from these fears. Old women should be free of these fears, if they can ‘forget’ the knowledge, because it is irrelevant to them. But also other women should be able to freely engage in sex, if proper contraception and protection is used.

Jesus said

Matth: 18: 3: Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

So can we forget and love each other as little children, innocently, without knowledge, full of the Holy Spirit?

Can we respect a woman who freely engages in this most important activity, in the acrivity God had in mind, in his image, when he made mankind, male and female?