Bible Society of South Africa

I am he – Day 2

He Lives in Relationship With Others

He does not live in isolation. He lives in community with others. Each of the relationships which he has is unique and makes specific demands on him.

And you discover: I am he!

Bible text(s)

18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.” 19So he took some soil from the ground and formed all the animals and all the birds. Then he brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and that is how they all got their names. 20So the man named all the birds and all the animals; but not one of them was a suitable companion to help him.

21Then the LORD God made the man fall into a deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the flesh. 22He formed a woman out of the rib and brought her to him. 23Then the man said,

“At last, here is one of my own kind —

Bone taken from my bone, and flesh from my flesh.

‘Woman’ is her name because she was taken out of man.”

24That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one.

Genesis 2:18-24GNBOpen in Bible reader

67Then Isaac brought Rebecca into the tent that his mother Sarah had lived in, and she became his wife. Isaac loved Rebecca, and so he was comforted for the loss of his mother.

Genesis 24:67GNBOpen in Bible reader

20Jacob worked seven years so that he could have Rachel, and the time seemed like only a few days to him, because he loved her.

Genesis 29:20GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Man

2Like a lily among thorns

is my darling among women.

Song of Songs 2:2GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Man

15How beautiful you are, my love;

how your eyes shine with love!

Song of Songs 1:15GNBOpen in Bible reader
The Man

1What a wonderful woman you are!

How beautiful are your feet in sandals.

The curve of your thighs

is like the work of an artist.

2A bowl is there,

that never runs out of spiced wine.

A sheaf of wheat is there,

surrounded by lilies.

3Your breasts are like twin deer,

like two gazelles.

4Your neck is like a tower of ivory.

Your eyes are like the pools in the city of Heshbon,

near the gate of that great city.

Your nose is as lovely as the tower of Lebanon

that stands guard at Damascus.

5Your head is held high like Mount Carmel.

Your braided hair shines like the finest satin;

its beauty could hold a king captive.

Song of Songs 7:1-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

6How pretty you are, how beautiful;

how complete the delights of your love.

7You are as graceful as a palm tree,

and your breasts are clusters of dates.

8I will climb the palm tree

and pick its fruit.

To me your breasts are like bunches of grapes,

your breath like the fragrance of apples,

Song of Songs 7:6-8GNBOpen in Bible reader

2But because there is so much immorality, every man should have his own wife, and every woman should have her own husband. 3A man should fulfil his duty as a husband, and a woman should fulfil her duty as a wife, and each should satisfy the other's needs. 4A wife is not the master of her own body, but her husband is; in the same way a husband is not the master of his own body, but his wife is. 5Do not deny yourselves to each other, unless you first agree to do so for a while in order to spend your time in prayer; but then resume normal marital relations. In this way you will be kept from giving in to Satan's temptation because of your lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 7:2-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

25Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.

Ephesians 5:25GNBOpen in Bible reader

28Men ought to love their wives just as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself. 29(People never hate their own bodies. Instead, they feed them and take care of them, just as Christ does the church; 30for we are members of his body.) 31As the scripture says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.” 32There is a deep secret truth revealed in this scripture, which I understand as applying to Christ and the church. 33But it also applies to you: every husband must love his wife as himself, and every wife must respect her husband.

Ephesians 5:28-33GNBOpen in Bible reader

21The time came again for Elkanah and his family to go to Shiloh and offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and the special sacrifice he had promised. 22But this time Hannah did not go. She told her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will take him to the house of the LORD, where he will stay all his life.”

1 Samuel 1:21-22GNBOpen in Bible reader

4“Israel, remember this! The LORD — and the LORD alone — is our God. 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. 7Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. 8Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. 9Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

4Job's sons used to take it in turns to give a feast, to which all the others would come, and they always invited their three sisters to join them. 5The morning after each feast, Job would get up early and offer sacrifices for each of his children in order to purify them. He always did this because he thought that one of them might have sinned by insulting God unintentionally.

19It is the living who praise you,

As I praise you now.

Parents tell their children how faithful you are.

Isaiah 38:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

4Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, bring them up with Christian discipline and instruction.

Ephesians 6:4GNBOpen in Bible reader

8Pay attention to what your father and mother tell you, my child. 9Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance.

Proverbs 1:8-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

21Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Colossians 3:21GNBOpen in Bible reader

30While they were on their way home, David was told: “Absalom has killed all your sons — not one of them is left!” 31The king stood up, tore his clothes in sorrow, and threw himself to the ground. The servants who were there with him tore their clothes also. 32But Jonadab, the son of David's brother Shammah, said, “Your Majesty, they haven't killed all your sons. Only Amnon is dead. You could tell by looking at Absalom that he had made up his mind to do this from the time that Amnon raped his sister Tamar. 33So don't believe the news that all your sons are dead; only Amnon was killed.”

34In the meantime Absalom had fled.

Just then the soldier on sentry duty saw a large crowd coming down the hill on the road from Horonaim. He went to the king and reported what he had seen.

2 Samuel 13:30-34GNBOpen in Bible reader

Joab Arranges for Absalom's Return

1Joab knew that King David missed Absalom very much,

2 Samuel 14:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

5He gave orders to Joab, Abishai, and Ittai: “For my sake don't harm the young man Absalom.” And all the troops heard David give this command to his officers.

2 Samuel 18:5GNBOpen in Bible reader

Eli and his Sons

22Eli was now very old. He kept hearing about everything his sons were doing to the Israelites and that they were even sleeping with the women who worked at the entrance to the Tent of the LORD's presence. 23So he said to them, “Why are you doing these things? Everybody tells me about the evil you are doing. 24Stop it, my sons! This is an awful thing the people of the LORD are talking about! 25If anyone sins against someone else, God can defend him; but who can defend someone who sins against the LORD?”

But they would not listen to their father, for the LORD had decided to kill them.

1 Samuel 2:22-25GNBOpen in Bible reader

8Moses told Jethro everything that the LORD had done to the king and the people of Egypt in order to rescue the Israelites. He also told him about the hardships the people had faced on the way and how the LORD had saved them. 9When Jethro heard all this, he was happy 10and said, “Praise the LORD, who saved you from the king and the people of Egypt! Praise the LORD, who saved his people from slavery!

Exodus 18:8-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

19Now let me give you some good advice, and God will be with you. It is right for you to represent the people before God and bring their disputes to him.

Exodus 18:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

Moses Returns to Egypt

18Then Moses went back to Jethro, his father-in-law, and said to him, “Please let me go back to my relatives in Egypt to see if they are still alive.” Jethro agreed and said goodbye to him.

Exodus 4:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

5Jethro came with Moses' wife and her two sons into the desert where Moses was camped at the holy mountain. 6He had sent word to Moses that they were coming, 7so Moses went out to meet him, bowed before him, and kissed him. They asked about each other's health and then went into Moses' tent. 8Moses told Jethro everything that the LORD had done to the king and the people of Egypt in order to rescue the Israelites. He also told him about the hardships the people had faced on the way and how the LORD had saved them. 9When Jethro heard all this, he was happy 10and said, “Praise the LORD, who saved you from the king and the people of Egypt! Praise the LORD, who saved his people from slavery! 11Now I know that the LORD is greater than all the gods, because he did this when the Egyptians treated the Israelites with such contempt.”

Exodus 18:5-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

17Friends always show their love. What are relatives for if not to share trouble?

Proverbs 17:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

Conclusion

7After the LORD had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you did not speak the truth about me, as my servant Job did. 8Now take seven bulls and seven rams to Job and offer them as a sacrifice for yourselves. Job will pray for you, and I will answer his prayer and not disgrace you as you deserve. You did not speak the truth about me as he did.”

9Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar did what the LORD had told them to do, and the LORD answered Job's prayer.

10Then, after Job had prayed for his three friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had had before.

Job 42:7-10GNBOpen in Bible reader

17People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.

Proverbs 27:17GNBOpen in Bible reader

33Who will accuse God's chosen people? God himself declares them not guilty! 34Who, then, will condemn them? Not Christ Jesus, who died, or rather, who was raised to life and is at the right-hand side of God, pleading with him for us! 35Who, then, can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble do it, or hardship or persecution or hunger or poverty or danger or death?

Romans 8:33-35GNBOpen in Bible reader

38For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, 39neither the world above nor the world below — there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39GNBOpen in Bible reader

He is a husband

  • He and his wife are companions
  • He loves her dearly
  • She is the most beautiful woman to him
  • He admires and compliments her
  • He enjoys intimacy with his wife
  • Together, they fulfill each other’s sexual needs.
  • He is faithful to her

He is a father to his children

  • He and his family serve the Lord
  • He speaks to his children every day about the Lord
  • He desires that his children should remain faithful to God
  • He teaches his children to trust God
  • He treats his children wisely
  • He accepts his children for who they are
  • He keeps on loving his children although they may do wrong and hurt him deeply
  • Sometimes he fails in the upbringing of his children

He is a father-in-law

He is a son-in-law

He is a loyal friend

He prays for his friends

He has a positive influence on his friends

He is divorced

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