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Romans 1:24 - Abandonment Bookmark

Romans 1:24

"Therefore God gave them overG3860 in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them." (NASB)

"Wherefore God also gave them upG3860 to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:" (KJV)

"So God abandoned themG3960 to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired.  As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies." (NLT)

παραδι?δωμι
paradido?mi

Thayer Definition:
1) to give into the hands (of another)
2) to give over into (one’s) power or use
2a) to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage
2b) to deliver up one to custody, to be judged, condemned, punished, scourged, tormented, put to death
2c) to deliver up treacherously
2c1) by betrayal to cause one to be taken
2c2) to deliver one to be taught, moulded
3) to commit, to commend
4) to deliver verbally
4a) commands, rites
4b) to deliver by narrating, to report
5) to permit allow
5a) when the fruit will allow that is when its ripeness permits
5b) gives itself up, presents itself

Gave them up — This divine abandonment of men is here strikingly traced in three successive stages, at each of which the same word is used (Rom 1:24, Rom 1:26; and Rom 1:28, where the word is rendered “gave over”).  “As they deserted God, God in turn deserted them; not giving them divine (that is, supernatural) laws, and suffering them to corrupt those which were human; not sending them prophets, and allowing the philosophers to run into absurdities.  He let them do what they pleased, even what was in the last degree vile, that those who had not honored God, might dishonor themselves” [Grotius] as cited in A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown.

We are all familiar with the law of gravity and who created it.  He begins the revelation of another law herein called "divine abandonment."  We often forget that our sin brings with it a certain reward.  This becomes then the gravity of our own sin.  We are abandoned by God to swim in a pool full of our own sin that permeates every fiber of our being and leads us ever onward toward total perversity.  The key repeated phrase then becomes, "God gave them up."  First here abandoned to our own hearts.  He begins the battle between the "law of my mind," "the law of God," "the law of sin and death," and the "law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus."  In the former there is no hope. In the last there is every hope!  This multiple chapter indictment used to be taught in law school.  In fact in times past a Biblical education was required to enter law school.  It was thought that if you could not rightfully divide God's law, you had no business writing law.

Thanks you dear heavenly Father for your presence in the daily battles of life.  Thank you that because of your love that stooped for me that I am held safe in your hands.  Thank you for your word that reveals who I really am and also reveals the hope of salvation in Christ Jesus.  May your word touch the hearts of a lost and dying world today.

Romans 1:24

"Therefore God gave them overG3860 in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them." (NASB)

"Wherefore God also gave them upG3860 to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:" (KJV)

"So God abandoned themG3960 to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired.  As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies." (NLT)

παραδι?δωμι
paradido?mi

Thayer Definition:
1) to give into the hands (of another)
2) to give over into (one’s) power or use
2a) to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage
2b) to deliver up one to custody, to be judged, condemned, punished, scourged, tormented, put to death
2c) to deliver up treacherously
2c1) by betrayal to cause one to be taken
2c2) to deliver one to be taught, moulded
3) to commit, to commend
4) to deliver verbally
4a) commands, rites
4b) to deliver by narrating, to report
5) to permit allow
5a) when the fruit will allow that is when its ripeness permits
5b) gives itself up, presents itself

Gave them up — This divine abandonment of men is here strikingly traced in three successive stages, at each of which the same word is used (Rom 1:24, Rom 1:26; and Rom 1:28, where the word is rendered “gave over”).  “As they deserted God, God in turn deserted them; not giving them divine (that is, supernatural) laws, and suffering them to corrupt those which were human; not sending them prophets, and allowing the philosophers to run into absurdities.  He let them do what they pleased, even what was in the last degree vile, that those who had not honored God, might dishonor themselves” [Grotius] as cited in A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown.

We are all familiar with the law of gravity and who created it.  He begins the revelation of another law herein called "divine abandonment."  We often forget that our sin brings with it a certain reward.  This becomes then the gravity of our own sin.  We are abandoned by God to swim in a pool full of our own sin that permeates every fiber of our being and leads us ever onward toward total perversity.  The key repeated phrase then becomes, "God gave them up."  First here abandoned to our own hearts.  He begins the battle between the "law of my mind," "the law of God," "the law of sin and death," and the "law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus."  In the former there is no hope. In the last there is every hope!  This multiple chapter indictment used to be taught in law school.  In fact in times past a Biblical education was required to enter law school.  It was thought that if you could not rightfully divide God's law, you had no business writing law.

Thanks you dear heavenly Father for your presence in the daily battles of life.  Thank you that because of your love that stooped for me that I am held safe in your hands.  Thank you for your word that reveals who I really am and also reveals the hope of salvation in Christ Jesus.  May your word touch the hearts of a lost and dying world today.



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