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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.


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Shame is associated with sin all through the Bible, from Genesis 3 on to Revelation.

Also, Samson/male Nazarites did not let all their hair grow long, but only seven locks of it.

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Look up the word, trace it through the Bible. Is there a verse that says Christ bore our shame? (I can't remember one right now.) Even if there is, He bore our sin - therefore, there would be shame attached - not His, but the shame of the sin He bore.

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Let's see how far we can twist Scripture...
Just because you want shame to mean sin doesn't mean it's gonna fly, not with me anyway. The fact of the matter is, no matter how much you screw around with word meanings, Samson had long hair, whether it was in "locks" or not. I still don't see an answer to my question. Did God change, did sin change, or did Jerry change God?

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Jos 22:22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Rebellion ='s sin.
stubbornness ='s sin

The Bible is clear, God wants men to have short hair.

1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

So that man who ignores God's Word and wears his hair long is rebellion against God.

So why would you want to do something and or defend something that the Bible, God's Word, says is a shame?

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I suppose, at the risk of sounding arrogant (which I will try not to, because I am young and new to the faith) it balances on whether we accept Paul's words as the Word of God, or as his own words. The danger to me is that if we say short hair is a mere cultural preference of the time, we could so easily slip into a pick and choose theology. Anything else that doesn't suit us could be passed off as cultural?

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I have one question I would like answered? How is our answers in this thread going to both uplift the Lord and encourage a new believer in Christ? I'm convinced that sometimes we would rather find something to argue over, rather than encourage a new believer in his own thread. :puzzled3:

JasonA, sorry about this thread turning into this. I'm glad that you felt the Lord leading you to do something that was right and you followed the Lords leading. Their is great joy in OBeying the Lord.

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Perhaps we could start a separate discussion on Paul's views - whether they are his own, or part of God's word.

I think a little bit of length is good for some people. Not everyone looks good with very short cuts. I know I wouldn't because of my glasses. It doesn't have to be down to your shoulders but there's nothing wrong with a little bit hanging down over your ears or having bangs just above your eyes, etc. A lot of it depends on the person's facial features.

My forehead and ears are very visible now! And the unhappy rebel is gone for good.
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Nice post Madeline. Very well written, whether we totally agree or not.

Though it may look like I'm playing the devil's advocate here, I'm trying to just provoke some thoughtful discussion on something we've(including myself) always just accepted as being straight-forward. NOBody seems interested, though. :frog:

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This isn't a question of whether or not Paul's writings were inspired or not. The question is, why does shame have to mean sin? If I cut off my nose, that would certainly be a shame, but not a sin.

Just for the record, mutilating your God-given body would be a sin...
God bless,
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The outward sign of a Nazarite was in three parts. First, they were to have nothing of the vine - fruit, wine, vinegar, husks, etc. Then, they were to allow the locks of the hair of their head grow (Numbers 6 desn't specify a number - it just says locks...Samson had 7). And, finally, they were to touch no dead body - if someone died near them, even, they were unclean.

Interesting thing about this is that both men and women could take the vow. It was a vow of separation to the Lord, and everyone knew by the outward signs just what the vowers were doing. Interesting thing to note, though, is that there is no mention of shame in the passage giving the instructions for the Nazarite vow.

Upon completion of the vow, the head was to be shaved at the door of the tabernacle...before even entering it! - both male and female - and the hair burned.

There were a few who were Nazarites for life - Samson was one, many believe John the Baptist was also, since he was to avoid the fruit of the vine.

All of that said to say that God set standards of outward appearance for the Nazarites - to separate them from those who did not take the vow. God does have standards for us, even if we don't like to admit it. And one of those deals with hair.

Men are to have short hair. Women are to have long hair. The raging debate is "What is short?" and "What is long?" Well, personally, I think if a person has to defend their cut, they know there's a prOBlem....

Kevin, as to shame = sin...If my son were to do something that brought shame on his father, it would be a bad thing. It would create a wall between him and his father. Their relationship would suffer. In the same manner, if we as Christians do something that brings shame on the name of our Heavenly Father, it's a bad thing. It creates a wall between us our Father. Our relationship would suffer. And that's sin.

The shame that Christ faced on the cross was the fact that He was being crucified = the most heinous form of punishment in Rome. A shame to the family and friends of the one being crucified. But Jesus Christ despised that shame - not the despise that means hate, but the despise meaning disregard. It is not the same shame that we should feel when we disOBey God.

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