Sermon Notes: Yeah, That’s Gonna Leave A Mark!

Feb 19, 2012   //   by Webmaster   //   Bishop Alfred Blue  //  Comments Off

God Instituted Circumcision Starting with Abraham

“Then God said to Abraham, as for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendents after you for the generations to come. This is my covenant with you and your descendents after you, the covenant you are to keep: every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between you and Me.” Genesis 17:9-11

Obeying The Voice Of God?
Yeah – That’s Gonna Leave A Mark!!
Bishop Alfred Blue

My question as I thought of God’s relentless pursuit of Men Of Light (men of destiny & purpose) is…What does God see when he looks at the life of a man?
What would stir in a holy, perfect God – love & compassion; & the willingness to give all of Himself – even to commit Himself to man’s eternal good…
To a man with the tendency to demonstrate “shoestring” like commitment to anyone or anything other than himself.

One who is quick to blame others; One who is quick to withdraw – from His creator & the environment gifted to him by the God who made him; From the beginning of creation, it didn’t take man long to divert from the plan & purpose, that was meant to give him the best of life, and perpetuate the blessing that God had spoken to him at the beginning of his life;

“God blessed them, and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”  Genesis 1:28

It wasn’t long before man violated God’s trust, lost the place of priviledge, and was forced to work to attain as opposed to God’s purpose, which was live to maintain…

Genesis 17 tells the story of God’s divine intervention in human history – to re-establish his eternal purpose for all of humanity – through the “covenant of faith” in God.

The Hebrew word for covenant is pronounced “mul”; which means to cut off or destroy…It was the establishment of a deeply spiritual relationship between God & man; something that would distinguish a man’s relationship to his creator. For the Jewish culture – circumcision is a rite of passage associated with coming into the world. According to the law given by Moses it was to be performed eight days after a male child was born (Genesis 17:12; Leviticus 12:3; Luke 2:21).
In most western cultures, circumcision is seen from a medical point of view as a preventative measure to keep a man’s reproductive organ from becoming infected… But spiritually, circumcision was the “mark of a covenant with God…” It signified that a man heart (which represented his faith & his sense of purpose); and his ability (represented by his talent & resources); and his seed (which represented what he brought to life – or what he would leave as proof of his existence) –

ALL BELONGED TO GOD…THIS SPIRITUAL SENSE OF OUR GREATER PURPOSE – IS MISSING IN OUR CULTURE TODAY; REPLACED BY OUR PURSUIT OF WEALTH AT THE EXPENSE OF MARRIAGE, FAMILY, OUR PEACE OF MIND –AND A FUTURE OF PEACE…THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELEMING… WE DON’T FEEL CONNECTED TO ETERNITY – EVEN THOUGH WE GO TO CHURCH, WORK LONG HOURS, & PURSUE ECONOMIC SECURITY…

The absence of a healthy and stable father figure is destroying the American family. Men are not psychologically or emotionally at rest. They suffer convulsions of the mind and tempests of the spirit. They do not much like themselves and feel increasingly empty. Reduced in the eyes of his family and himself to nothing more than a provider and raised and in a world in which only money matters, the American male today feels broken and lost, stripped of his humanity and robbed of his dignity. Feeling like a checkbook and an ATM, he doesn’t feel necessary to his wife or a hero to his children. On the TV show I hosted for TLC, Shalom in the Home, I traveled across America helping families in crisis. In each episode we looked for a new theme. I kept finding, with virtually every family we visited, that their primary problem was a broken American male.

Whether it was the husband who constantly criticized his wife, or the man who couldn’t have sex with his wife, or the father who had no relationship with his teenage daughter, or the many dads who simply came home and slunk down comalike into the sofa in front of the TV, the common denominator was always the same.

Dad was a mess. Men who are miserable on the inside will openly treat their wives miserably. Men with no self-esteem have little to no libido. Men who don’t value themselves feel tiny in the eyes of their children and therefore make almost no effort to engage them. And men who live in constant pain will pursue any escape – most notably television – in order to break from reality.

When we LOOK AT THE ISSUES OF unfaithfulness and adultery, it turns out that husbands had had an affair because – no matter what the occupation, he feels like a failure and wanted to feel desirable again. When society looks at couples who had lost the romantic spark, it came down to a husband who was convinced that his wife would never be attracted to a loser like him — no matter how much $$ he made, or how much he gave to accommodate her lifestyle… What this man shared with so many other broken men whom I meet was a near total blindness to his own self-hatred and how it was rendering him incapable of giving affection. When a husband sees himself as a loser would look at his wife, who is his own flesh, as a loser as well. And a miserable husband usually takes out his misery on his wife.

Typically – the feelings of man’s inner self are usually projected to those closest to us (spouse, children – pay the heaviest price) Through the prism of our own brokenness, this man was seeing an inadequate wife. Through the looking glass of his own inadequacy, his own deficiency, his own self-loathing, he was learning to despise his life, and his wife.

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