The very first institution that was ever created in the universe was marriage.
Last week I asked you to read Ephesians 3 as a prelude to the Lord’s teaching over the next few weeks. In that section of Scripture, Paul was busy encouraging the Ephesian church and in particular the gentiles (non-Jews):
Ephesians 3:6 (ESV)
6 This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
Jericho was an incredible physical stronghold that stood in the way of the Israelites as they journeyed into the Promised Land. Yet after so many years of travel, through incredible displays of power and God’s unerring guidance of His people, it seems silly that He would lead them straight into that fortified city…surely there was another way around! For a long time this confused me.
There is no question that if our bodies don’t have any energy, then we become lethargic and unable to complete even the simplest tasks. This energy comes from consuming food, which nourishes our bodies for good work. If you don’t eat for long enough then your body will eventually die.
The last time I wrote for the newsletter I pondered the need for our souls to consume the promises of God. In fact, promises don’t just buoy our confidence, they can give us direction and meaning. Our souls were designed by God to live on the very Word of God alone (Matt 4:4).