Posted by: StrongStakes | September 13, 2011

Marriage: Honored, not Defiled


Last night’s Bible study on Hebrews 13 was too important to gloss over … so we invested the entire time studying one verse …

“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (v. 4)

Since “the best commentary on Scripture is Scripture,” we also looked carefully at numerous other passages to amplify the meaning of this single verse.  My teaching notes are listed here, instead of in a handout.  The key idea is in bold font.

“fornicators” (πόρνος) = a person who prostitutes his/her body to another’s lust for hire; a person who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse; plus, a wide range of sexual sins.

“adulterers” (μοιχός) = unfaithfulness by either party to the marriage vow.

Sexual impurity desecrates the sacred; it profanes what God has made holy:  Genesis 2:18, 21-25;  Proverbs 5;  1 Corinthians 5:1-11; 6:15-20; 10:13 (Roc);  Galatians 5:19-21;  Colossians 3:5;  1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

• Examples of God’s judgment under the Law:  Leviticus 20:10;  Deuteronomy 22:20-26

To help prepare you for next Monday’s study on the remainder of chapter 13, here are additional questions, three of which already appeared in an earlier blog post:

  1. What does this chapter teach about God’s presence? (vv. 5-6)  What difference will His presence make in our everyday lives?
  2. What does this chapter teach about submitting to spiritual leadership in the church? (vv. 7-9, 17)
  3. What are the traits of a “good leader”?
  4. What are the traits of a “poor leader”?
  5. Unpack v. 13 in your own words.
  6. Define the “sacrifice of praise” in v. 15.
  7. What other “sacrifices” please God? (v. 16)

Dessert will be served at 7 pm … the study starts right after that.

Remember to pray for each other!

~ tr

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