My 2 Cents

Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ! This is a new addition to our GMF website. We have titled it “My 2 Cents” because that is what it is. You have heard the sayings, “A penny for your thoughts” or “I put my two cents in.” Well, we will be offering our 2 cents worth on current events, Biblical insights, our thoughts and feelings about different events or circumstances. Of course, there will be the occasional silly story. We ask that you send back your feedback on our articles. We would appreciate suggestions, comments and ideas for future articles. Please e-mail them to us. We will be posting a new article each week on Monday or Tuesday. Therefore, here goes with the first thought for the day!
Have you ever thought how the Bible is like big romance novel. God/Jesus is the hero, the bridegroom. The believer is Bride, forever getting into trouble in need of rescue. Satan is the evil monster bent on separating the two forever. Our hero is wonderful, strong and mighty. He is the King of the entire world. He rules his kingdom with love, but a firm hand. His servants have great love and respect for him. There is no sin or evil in his kingdom because punishment for sin is death. Time comes for the King to take a wife. He searches his kingdom for someone who will love him and share his life. He finds a young woman and woos her with love and kindness. The young woman is very independent. She is willful, selfish and self-centered, but she recognizes that this King is very special. She knows that she is unworthy. The King is everything she would like to be and is not. Therefore, she accepts the marriage offer to the king in hopes that marriage to him will change her life. Enter the Evil Satan. He will do anything to keep the marriage from happening. He is jealous and wants the woman for himself. He tempts the woman with riches, woos her with false Kings (idols) and binds her with bonds of pain and fear. In her foolishness, the woman is deceived by Satan and fall into sin. Now Satan lies to the woman telling her the King will never accept her in her condition. He will do anything to keep the woman from the king. The Kings sees all that happens to his future bride: her pain, her fear of rejection, her sin. He knows she is caught in the bonds of sin and death. There is only one way to save her. He will take the punishment in her place.

On the eve of the marriage, Satan arranges for the King to die. He believes that with the death of the King, the young woman will turn to him and he will become the King. The King allows Satan to prevail and he dies a horrible death. Satan rejoices and celebrates. Three days later the King rises from the dead. While in the grave, the King defeats the bonds of death created by sin. He returns to his bride and explains he must go to heaven to prepare their new home, but his spirit would come to be with his bride until he returns for her. The Bride rejoices, as she is reborn into a new life with her groom. She knows Satan will still pursue her and make life difficult, but she will not be alone; she will have the power of the Spirit to give her strength. She will use the time her groom is gone to prepare herself to be his wife. Of course, this is a very simplistic view of the Bible but sometimes we complicate things too much. We must remember, God loved us first and he will never leave or forsake us no matter what difficulties come our way.

Bob & Donna Benson

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