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Jeremiah 30-31:26

There is a difference between being “happy” and having “joy.” Happiness is based on circumstances, but Joy is knowing the final outcome. God didn’t promise us “happy;” however, He did promise us Joy. I believe for one to trust in the Lord the vision of the immediate must be exchanged for sight that sees the future. In chapters 30 and 31, we see Israel’s “current” state against her future, her final outcome. Knowing our glorious outcome as Believers in the midst of trials and pain, should cause us, like Jeremiah to wake up from a “Sweet” sleep.

I Timothy 2:1-15

I’m going to throw a little fire into an already controversial passage. When Paul wrote this in his letter,

13 For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. 14 And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived by Satan, and sin was the result.

What really happened to Adam back there in the garden? If Eve was deceived and Adam was not, then did Adam deliberately violate a command of God? To me it seems that it wasn’t until “both” ate, Eve by deception and Adam by deliberate choice, possibly, that they were put out of the garden. What would have happened if Eve had ate and when she offered it to Adam, who was probably right there observing the entire conversation with the snake (Anybody ever wonder why Eve wasn’t shocked that the snake was talking to her? Could they have been “talk’en to the animals” long before Dr. Doolittle.

Paul describes how to worship to God, and how everyone should worship him because it pleases him and he wants everyone to know him. Both men and women are to be humble before God since they are all sinners.

1 Timothy 2

In this passage, Paul tells us the instructions for worship. No one should be in anger or in a dispute. We should be modest during prayer and worship. We should want to live in holiness and godliness when we worship.

1 Timothy 2:11-15 was really interesting because it says that women should submit fully to men, and that they should not assume they have authority over them. A lot of people these days think women should be equal to men in terms of authority and power, but here it clearly states that females are supposed to "learn in quietness and full submission". God has appointed men to be in charge, so we should not oppose God's Word.

Jeremiah passage ends with the Lord turning mourning to joy for His people. In the world today where we are constantly reminded that the end times is here and now; the hope that we have in the Lord is all the more precious. In Timothy 2 it's made clear that we are to pray for the kings and those in high positions. Despite our own opinion of who is in charge, we are called to still pray for them. That includes our church leaders, state government and all the way to the president.

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, ....

13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

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