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Is Bible Boring? Lesson 7
Love Potion!
Have you ever read the book of Numbers? If you have not, please, read this passage. Numbers 5: 11-31. I want to hear what your thoughts are. I want to name this passage the “Love Potion.” Why? Because here is the secret formula to catch adulterers, according to the book, the women who are unfaithful.
If a woman commits adultery then the man will take her to the priest. The priest will give her some sort of a concoction to drink and if she has committed adultery, then it will make her sterile and give her a stomachache.
In a way, it was a kinder way of dealing with men’s jealousy. It was the way how women were protected from jealous husbands. Instead of the men taking the law into their hands, ending up in the death of the woman many times, they brought the woman to the presence of the priest who confirmed if she committed adultery or not by giving her a special drink and watching for the reaction.
At the time, for a tribal society, all of these kinds of tricks and techniques were required to protect whoever was considered weak. But what they failed, even today for that matter is to look deeper into the situation to find the real perpetrator.
I am pretty certain a woman couldn’t have committed adultery on her own. Could she? I am sure there was a guy involved somewhere but it was the woman who got punished for her “transgression,” and the man went scot-free. This is the sad state of the story. We often fail to see there is always more than one person involved in sin and there is always somebody who gets away with it. Divine justice is far beyond these kinds of failed human understanding of sin. God knows justice will be served eventually. However, in the short term, you and I have the responsibility to treat people justly. If there is a stomachache, it won’t be for women alone! Don’t you agree?
Fr. Jos+
Youth and Children Sunday School
EKC and EYC this week: We are taking a break due to the increased Covid cases. Please download the lesson below and share it with your child. Hope to see you all back very soon!
Celebrations & Prayers This Month
Happy Birthdays
Roger Palmer, Feb. 4th.
Matt Hopper , Feb. 5th
Bill Pruitt, Feb. 11th
Donald Francis, Feb. 11th
Tessa Eggers Feb. 12th
Peter Ibrahim, Feb. 12th
Eric Atkinson, Feb. 24th
Rachel Redden, Feb. 24th.
Erica Terry, Feb. 25th.
Happy Anniversary
N/A
Prayers for Families This Week
Gernhart, Gillogly, Haberman
Flower Dedications
To the Glory of God.
Altar Schedule- No In-person Service at this time. But thank you, Volunteers!! Grateful
Altar Guild
Celebrant & Preacher
Fr. Jos Tharakan
Deacon & Gospel Proclamation
The Rev. Suzy Lynch
Eucharistic Minister 1
Eucharistic Minister 2
Thank you, Brett Durbin
Thank you, Robert Lanning
1st Reading
Psalm
2nd Reading
Thank you, Robert Lanning
Thank you, Lisa Pruitt
Thank you, Chris Dodson
Prayers of the people
Acolyte (s)
Thank you, Lisa Pruitt
Usher
No in-person ministry due to covid
Greeter
Hospitality

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