Today at sundown marks the ending of the Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Under the Law of Moses in Leviticus 23:27 all those of the House of Isreal were to make an annual observance, a day of atonement, to atone for the sins of the people through fasting, prayer and burnt offering. This is observed every year on the 10th day in the 7th month Tishrei of the Jewish calendar.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. – John 15:13 NKJV
For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the world, we see the day of Christ’s crucifixion as the everlasting day of atonement. He was afflicted, not us, and then he willingly became the offering to atone for the sins of the world.
Have you ever heard a parent say “do as I say and not as I do”? The truth is that our children learn little from what we say but learn volumes from what we do. Human development is imitative by nature, i.e., our children “do as we do and not as we say”. If you are a mother or father, your children will likely become like you whether you like it or not. So then, let’s make sure we are proud of who we are so we can then be proud of who they become.
As we teach our children by our examples I have often wondered what example could make the best, or most impressionable, impact. The American cleric Theodore Hesberg was convinced that the way a father treats a mother was huge, and I have to agree. Here are a few of the obvious benefits to a child…
For love is as strong as death. – Song of Solomon 8:6 NKJV
When you read of love in the Bible where do you typically go? The classic love (charity) chapter is quite often read at weddings, 1 Corinthians 13, which describes love as being patient and kind etc. The power of love as described here is in its endurance: “Love…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”. And the chapter closes concluding that love is the most powerful attribute a Christian can have – “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”.
In the Song of Solomon, a.k.a. Song of Songs, king Solomon states that true love is as strong as death. Quite odd to equate love with death, but here is the point. Consider the power and finality of death, what mortal man can overcome it? Outside of God, there is no one on this earth that can stop or reverse death. Therefore, if we carry perfect and true love, there is no one on this earth who can overcome us. Just the opposite is true: by our love we can overcome any obstacle life can bring our way. The troubled marriage, the broken family, the dysfunctional church, the Godless life, the persecuted saint, or whatever…