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Monday, October 23, 2017

Help Meet, Not Help Mate


by Diane M. Hoffmann, Ph.D.

A lot of preachers out there, everywhere, are referring to the scripture in Genesis 2:18, as the woman being a "helpmate" to the man in marriage.

I hear this all the time, yet that is not what the Word of God says at all.

Now that is not to say that a man and woman in marriage are not to help one another.

The term "help meet" in Genesis has been misrepresented by most preachers and teachers of the Word of God. They usually refer to the term as either a "helpmate" or a "helper". By saying that, those people only show their lack of research in the interpretation or their study of the Bible.

In this scripture of Genesis 2:18, the word "help meet" (two words) refers to the delivering of man from his "being alone".

First, it is used in God bringing the animals to the man (same word). Animals are not helpmates or helpers. then God says: "... but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him" (v.20)

The words "help meet" are translated from the Greek as "ezer". It is used also in several other scriptures.

For example,

in Exodus 18:4, "And the name of the other was Eliezer; for the God of my father, said he, was my help (ezer) and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh".


In Deuteronomy 33:7, 26, 29, the same word appears: 

"And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, Hear, Lord, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people: let his hands be sufficient for him; and you be a help (ezer) to him from his enemies . . . "

"There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rides upon the heaven in your help" (ezer) . . . 

"Happy are you, O Israel: who is like unto you, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help" (ezer).

Again:

In Psalm 115:9, 10, 11, “O Israel, you trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.” “O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield,” “You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.”

In Psalm 121:1, 2, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from where comes my help.” “My help comes from the Lord . . .”; in Psalm 124:8, “Our help is in the name of the Lord . . .”; in Psalm 146:5, “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help . . .

In Isaiah 30:5, “They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be a help nor profit . . .,” in Ezekiel 12:14, “And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands . . .”; 

Daniel 11:34, “Now when they shall fall, they shall be helped with a little help . . .”;

 in Hosea 13:9, “O Israel, you have destroyed yourself; but in me is you help.

and there are many other examples throughout the Bible.

God is not a helpmate or a helper as it is being wrongly preached and taught.  He is a deliverer of certain situations.

It means the woman was brought to man by God as a deliverer of the situation of the man being alone.

Read more about this, in the book "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today" under the "About the Book" tab above or the download of this one topic under the tab "PDF Downloads" above.

./dmh
 




Saturday, June 17, 2017

An Unexpected Meeting




Rev. Dr. Diane M. Hoffmann
Message -- June 11, 2017

An Unexpected Meeting
(Adapted from “Songs in a Strange Land, by Charles R. Hembre)

Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:10-13
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
Key verse: Genesis 28:13 

May the Lord bless His words to your hearts this morning. . . 

In 1844, a man by the name of Charles Goodyear -- after whose name the Goodyear Tire company was named – was seeking to learn how to keep rubber from becoming soft when warm and brittle when cold.

He was an American self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer who developed vulcanized rubber (for which he received patent number 3633 from the United States Patent Office on June 15, 1844. 

One night by accident, he left a piece of rubber smeared with sulphur near a hot stove. The next morning he found a remarkable change had taken place -- this was the solution he had been seeking…

This unexpected discovery ushered in a new industry called “vulcanizing”, which all happened unexpectedly by accident.  Many inventions have come along this way unexpectedly by accident.


One of the greatest experience of Jacob’s life was an unexpected meeting with God.

While fleeing from his brother Esau, he suddenly found himself in the very sanctuary of God.

There, God gave him a promise that he would never forget. This unexpected meeting would bless him for the rest of his days.

Today, Jesus Christ is our promise-giver, and promise-keeper, who came – not unexpectedly – but was prophesied all along throughout the Old Testament…

But, the thrilling thing about knowing Christ is that, often, He reveals Himself to us when we least expect it.  He gives us blessings greater than we anticipate.

These exciting meetings can happen during prayer, while walking down the street, while meditating, working, or any other time…

“And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed.” (Key v.13)

As our minds are stayed on Him, suddenly He is there, with us, and we feel a richness not known by those in the world who don’t know Him.

In closing, I would like to read from the book of Numbers, chapter 6:24-26. . .

24 The Lord bless you, and keep you:
25 The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you:
26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Let us sing our last song this morning, “I’ll Fly Away”
/dmh

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Low-Cut Tops, Sexual Harassment and Bill O'Reilly


An interesting article came out in CharismaNews last month which corroborates with what I'm saying in my book "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today"...

  Click here to read it


 Diane

 Check out my book on Amazon.com

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Is There Life On Other Planets?

by Diane M. Hoffmann



I often come across people with whom thoughts about the awesome Creation of the universe are exchanged.

One of the questions that come up is “Is there life on other planets?”

My response to that is always “I personally don’t think so”.

Then people will say “Why not, the universe is so large and unending with millions of planets, stars and galaxies throughout -- there must be other intelligent beings somewhere out there.”

My response again is that I personally do not think so, which usually brings on the next comment “How do you know?”

I reply that I know because of what the Bible says. However, there is usually no time to continue a discussion on such a lengthy topic in brief meetings or encounters.

Even if there is some time to talk, I have the big picture in my head but not the details readily accessible for a discussion.

So, I decided to sit down and take some time to put it together for future reference and to make it available on my blog for those interested.

The more I read the Word of God, the more I am convinced that there is no other life on other planets or galaxies besides our own “life-giving blue planet”.

To read the article, click here

Please note: You will be asked to click again on the link provided there.

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