Today is October 4, 2018

Verse of the Day — Malachi 1:6

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?” says the Lord of hosts . . .


God wants us to honor Him.


Through the prophet Malachi, God used the analogy of father to son and master to servant to rhetorically ask, “Since you honor your parents, shouldn’t you also honor me?” The Israelites well understood his meaning. The fifth of the Ten Commandments states that children are to honor their parents.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you. —Exodus 20:12 (See also Deuteronomy 5:16.)

It was even known that disobedient children were to be stoned to death.

If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them, then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown. They shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear. —Deuteronomy 21:18-21

The problem at that time was that the Jewish priests were allowing lame and sick animals to be sacrificed. This was against God’s written command to sacrifice only animals that were “without blemish.”

Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish —Exodus 29:1 (See also Ezekiel 43:22.)

Israel had failed to honor God as the priests had been allowing this lack of respect.

Applying this to today, God might say, “You fear/respect man-made authorities, why not Me?”


I usually agree with you guys, so help me understand what you are saying about no retirement . . . are you saying that I can’t retire from physical labor? That I must keep an actual job the rest of my life!!!!!!!??????


Working in order to provide food and shelter is what every man must do; it’s part of the penalty of sin. Prior to sin, man had responsibility, but he didn’t have to work to ensure he could eat.

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, TILL YOU RETURN TO THE GROUND, because from it you were taken; . . . —Genesis 3:19 (CAPS added for emphasis)

Our purpose here on earth is to serve God until we die. Scripture doesn’t teach that men are to save up so they can stop working at some point. Obviously, as men get older, they might have to change from physical to some other type of work or ministry or project. But they are to stay active, use what gifts they have for as long as God wants to use them. And saving/planning for the future might give you more flexibility.

We are not saying men, as head of the home, shouldn’t save money as God allows. Just that the purpose is not to stop working.



Dear Compass,

How old was Isaac when Abraham took him to Mount Moriah to offer to God as the burnt offering?


The Bible doesn’t say. All we know for sure is that he was old enough to talk and make rational judgments based on the sacrificial system Abraham practiced.

Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” —Genesis 22:7

Josephus, a Jewish historian who was general of the Galilean Jewish army in the war against Rome (66-70 AD), guessed he was 25 (Ant. 1.13.2). The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary suggests 16 (page 627). The Nelson Open Bible (copyright 1975) says 20 (page 19).


Editor’s note: A GML subscriber sent in the following response to the recent question regarding the girl in love with a non-Christian:

“To answer the question that the 20-year-old college girl asked:

“I’m 27, and ten years ago I fell in love with a guy that claimed to be ‘a Christian,’ but there was no fruit in his life. I knew it and I ignored it. To make matters worse, we came from different denominations. I prayed for him and continued to think I could help him change. The problem was, he was trying to change me, too, and he did not want to change. There was a constant unsaid battle between the two of us, always. I tried to change him, he tried to change me.

“It went way too far, and the relationship finally ended after the threads of our relationship unraveled because we were on opposite teams. Think about it. In any situation like this, you are on opposite teams. The man you are sharing your heart and dreams with is not a Christian; he doesn’t serve the same God that you do. And whether you know it or not, he doesn’t want to change.

“You HAVE to have the true God in your life as the center between you and your boyfriend/husband. After all, what fellowship does light have with darkness? None. That is why if you are in a relationship with a non-Christian, there will always be a constant battle between the two of you because you come from different sides of the ‘war.’ You serve God, He serves Satan. Otherwise, somebody is going to have to give in and I’d hate for it to be you.

“If you don’t, you are in for a rocky roller coaster ride. Take it from someone who knows.”

Compass note to above response: We would like to add one more thing. We know of a woman who married a non-believer and prayed for him for 30 years. She never gave up. And by the grace of God, he trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in the 30th year of their marriage! She should have never married a non-Believer in the first place, but God was gracious to her mistake. It doesn’t usually work out this way, but we wanted those who are married to unbelievers not to give up praying for their spouse’s salvation!


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