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Radio transcript for the week of August 05, 2012

Todd Clippard preaches on "Blood is Thicker than Water" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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In the United States, one often hears the phrase, â??blood is thicker than water.â? By this, it is meant that family ties (blood) are stronger any others on earth (water). Iâ??ve never been certain how water fits or found its way into this saying. In fact, I had always doubted the previous application of this saying.

Recently, I ran across an article on a Jewish blog or message board that confirmed my suspicion â?? namely that the current application of the phrase was completely wrong. In fact, it has been nearly twisted around completely from its original meaning and intent.

According to Richard Pustelniak, congregational leader for the Jewish community called House of Living Stones writes about this phrase. "This phrase has completely lost its original, covenant-related, meaning. The original meaning is, "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.â? The explanation of the phrase is this â?? "My relationship with those to whom I am joined in covenant is to be considered of more value than the relationship with a brother with whom I may have shared the womb."

Further study into this matter revealed that the Arab people have a similar saying. Theirs is, â??blood is thicker than milk.â? While the latter picture of milk differs from water, the application is still essentially the same. Namely, the bond of a blood covenant is thicker than the motherâ??s milk I shared with my siblings.

This brings into great perspective the saying of the Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ, who said in Matthew 10:34-37: â??Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.â? KJV. In this text, Jesus is explicit, He must have the preeminence in everything (Col 1:16-18). His will must take precedence over our own, for He is the only Sovereign, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim 6:15).

Moreover, this bond extends even over that marriage covenant. In 1 Corinthians 7:15, if a believing (that is Christian) wife has an unbelieving husband, and the husband departs or deserts her on account of her faith, the inspired apostles makes this statement, the wife is not under bondage in this case. This is not a second reason for divorce and remarriage, but rather additional teaching on the value and bond of the covenant between Christ and His followers. It supersedes even the bond of marriage.

If Jesus demands our love and allegiance above all earthly family ties, what else is there that could possibly be excluded? Obviously, the answer is nothing.

What are the practical applications of properly applying such a saying? First and foremost, it means the Christian will always â??seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousnessâ? (Matt 6:33).

It means one will never allow himself to be the stony ground of the parable of the sower (Mark 4) â?? the ground that quickly brings forth a plant, but under duress and other pressures just as quickly allows the plant to wither and blow away.

It means I will be willing to shed my own blood for my faith â?? Hebrews 12:4; Revelation 6:10-11; Revelation 12:11.

Jesus asked in Luke 6:46, â??Why do you call me â??Lord, Lordâ? and do not do the things I say?â? Hebrews 5:9 says Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

We are born again though belief in and obedience to the gospel. He who believes the gospel and is baptized shall be saved â?? Mark 16:15-16. We obey the gospel by:

  1. Believing in Jesusâ?? Deity, his death for our sins and his resurrection (John 8:24; 1 Cor 15:1-4)
  2. Repenting of our sins (Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 17:30)
  3. Confessing Christ as the Lord (Romans 10:9-10)
  4. Being baptized, that is immersed, in water to receive remission of sins (Acts 2:38)
  5. Living faithful to the Lord until the end (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10)

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