Strong Families Weather Tough Times Better

Credit: http://outagamie.uwex.edu/family-living/building-strong-resilient-families/

The above title would seem to be one of those axiomatic statements that are self-explanatory. However, I just read in National Review a plea not to penalize marriage in bills working their way through Congress as I write this.

Families headed by married parents — because they have access to more potential income streams, not to mention more heads, hands, and hearts — will weather the crisis more successfully and be better able to help others outside their circle than will other families.

W. Bradford Wilcox, National Review.com, “The Federal CARES Act Shouldn’t Penalize Marriage”, 3/23/2020

Mr. Wilcox is thinking here of “traditional marriage” as in a single pair of husband and wife, or two income streams. What I don’t think he realizes is that if the family in question is a polygynous family, led by one husband and assisted by one or more wives, there are “more heads, hands, and hearts” and such a family would “weather the crisis more successfully”.

The entire article is here.

Daniel – Politics and Lions

A pride of lions

The young Hebrew prophet Daniel has risen to the top of the Medo-Persian government. By now, Daniel is not so young anymore but an older man recognized for his honesty and sagacity. He served Darius, the King of the Medes who had taken the city of Babylon as one of his top three officials who oversaw the satraps of the Medo-Persian Empire. In that capacity, he excelled to such an extent that King Darius was considering elevating him over the entire empire. Daniel’s political rivals, the other two chief officials and the satraps didn’t want this to happen. Because Daniel was incorruptible and performed his job with excellence, his rivals’ only option, as they saw it was to set a trap.

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The Smashing Rock and COVID-19

Can a pestilence like COVID-19 help destroy kingdoms like the Rock in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream?

I teach a weekly Shabbat service online in addition to posts I write for different outlets, including this one. From my Shabbat group as well as news broadcasts and online articles, the Wuhan virus, aka COVID-19, as a pestilence is troubling a great many people, and some, to our sorrow, have died. Some are looking to the heavens and expecting a rapture because of this pestilence. I do not believe, nor teach, that the rapture will happen anytime before Yeshua physically returns. We have to go through the refining process here on earth with all our peoples, all Israel and the many Gentile nations. As part of the refining process, Yeshua is going to destroy human governments that are opposed to Him and His rule. He with, and through, the Holy Spirit, is preparing a people ready for him. That includes being ready to be ruled by the terms of the Mosaic Covenant made at Mount Sinai, and reaffirmed several times since, and made into a New Covenant in our hearts. Let’s consider part of the dream given to Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and interpreted by Daniel, servant of YHVH.

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Noah – A Patriarch’s Curse

by Brian S. Somers

Some years have gone by after the flood waters receded and Noah’s family exited the ark. They had adapted to the post-flood climate, and it was harsher than in the antediluvian period. With eight people to provide for, and more on the way, food was a necessity, and Noah became a farmer. We are not told what occupations Shem, Ham and Japheth took, but, undoubtedly, the younger men helped their father. By the time of our story, Ham and his wife had at least one child, Canaan, who was apparently the youngest male (Genesis 9:24). In addition to food crops, Noah also planted a vineyard.

An American Foster Father and a blind Moroccan Orphan

This article appeared in the Daily SouthTown yesterday. I found it fascinating because it perfectly captured the points of what we teach here at 113 Restoration, namely, the power and responsibility of the father to care for his family, and those he is directly responsible for, as well as how YHVH is the judge of widows and orphans. Beyond this, He commands us not to put a stumbling block in front of the blind.

He executes justice for the orphan and the widow

Deuteronomy 10:18a

Because I delivered the poor who cried for help, And the orphan who had no helper.

Job 29:12

You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:14

The original article can be found at: https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-opinion-morocco-blind-student-fulbright-20200228-czfvsjwzh5ghtdruigggso4mkq-story.html

A Moroccan orphan finds the American Dream is also accessible

By ITTO OUTINI | CHICAGO TRIBUNE | FEB 28, 2020 | 2:32 PM

Itto Outini stands in the Bell Engineering Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Itto Outini stands in the Bell Engineering Center at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. (Wendy Echeverria)

Noah: Obedient Ark Builder

by Brian S. Somers

This is the third entry in the “Vignettes of Patriarchy” series.

Centuries have passed since Adam’s Fall. Mankind has been fruitful and multiplied, though not without some tragic episodes such as the fratricide by Cain against his brother Abel, or Lamech’s killing of a teenager or young man. Then, in the fifth chapter of Genesis, Moses wrote the second “this is the book of generations of” זה ספר תולדת (zeh sepher toldot); the first time was the record of the creation during Creation Week. This genealogical record illuminates something that I think bears emphasis before we continue onto Noah himself.

Patriarchy is about a man being responsible for his family in his generation. But every man has a heritage of fathers backwards into time to Noah, and beyond him to Adam, and may be blessed with a similar heritage in descendants in sons and daughters forward into time. The past is fixed, but the present choices determines much about what the future will be, while the ultimate end thereof is known only to YHVH. Therefore, a genealogical record connects us with the past, with the decisions made by previous patriarchs that informing present-day men and fathers in their decision-making with an eye to the future. Not every man will be great in his generation, but he may have a great ancestor and/or a great descendant. Every human since the Flood is descended from Noah, and to him we now turn.

Adam – The Second Patriarch Part 2 – A Patriarch’s Fall

This is the second entry in the series of patriarchal vignettes drawn from the stories about different men throughout biblical history. Please see Adam – The Second Patriarch: Part 1 – Creation of Patriarchy for the first part of this vignette about Adam.

By naming the beasts and birds, the man demonstrated he had authority over them and used it for good. But, for whatever reason, he did not exercise that authority over the serpent when it talked to the woman. He allowed the serpent to beguile his woman.

Adam – The Second Patriarch Part 1 – Creation of Patriarchy

This is the first entry in the series of patriarchal vignettes drawn from the stories about different men throughout biblical history. The second part is Adam – The Second Patriarch: Part 2 – A Patriarch’s Fall.

It was a beautiful day in the morning of the world. Just a few days earlier on Days Two and Three, the world had been spoken into existence by the Word of YHVH, given light on Day Four, populated with plants and all manner of beasts on Days Five and Six. Finally, in great and deep joy, YHVH made man in His image and put him in the Garden of Eden, then He rested on Day Seven. All was perfect. YHVH smiled and the Heavenly Host sang for joy (Job 38:4-11, esp. v.7).