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Verses 5-7: “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”

In the animated film Planet Hulk, the Incredible Hulk winds up exiled onto a planet ruled over by a tyrannical Red King. Using slave obedience discs, the Hulk is made one of the gladiators, who must fight for his freedom (one of the side-effects of the disc is not only teaching the Hulk the language of the planet, but helping raise his thinking to more than his usual childlike, brutish, “Hulk smash” mentality). Note: if you wish to know the full plot in detail, please check out the synopsis of it on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Hulk_(film) ).

In the climax (okay, this is what they call a “spoiler alert”!), the Hulk helps a band of gladiators and the Red King’s former bodyguard, Caiera, defeat the Red King once and for all with one of his own weapons: a genetically-engineered biological race of bugs called “Spikes” which are sentient pods infecting any humanoid form and turning them into raving, animalistic zombies that can infect others as well (Caiera’s family and village were wiped out by these; she survived because of being one of an ancient “oldstrong” offshoot of her race, which grants her invulnerability and immunity from the Spikes. The Red King’s Death’s Head robot assassins came and eradicated the Spike infestation, thus causing Caiera to serve the Red King out of gratitude). When the Hulk defeats the battle-armored Red King in a fight, he tosses him at the feet of Caiera, declaring that she deserves the opportunity to kill him in retribution for being the real reason Caiera’s family and village were wiped out by Spikes. Caiera in turn tells the king that she isn’t going to kill him…and then drops a surviving Spike she had captured right onto his hand, infecting him. The Red King rushes out of the chamber, calling on his Death’s Head robots to “kill the traitors”; however, the robots are programmed to destroy anyone infected…as the King realizes seconds before being disintegrated by his own security force. Those robots blast him without pause, and without even acknowledging him as the king. They see the infection, and put it to death.

When I read the phrase “put to death your members which are on the earth” (the NIV translation reads “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature”), I thought of that scene. How I wish that we, as Christians, could relentlessly and thoroughly “put to death” those temptations to sin as efficiently as those aforementioned robot guards. We once walked in sin, but thanks to Christ’s saving grace, we are saved from it. However, until we go home to the Lord, we’re still subject to temptation to sin…we don’t “put it to death”…we sometimes let it out on probation! We need to cling to Jesus’s example and not give in. Praise God that even when we do slip up and give in, we’re only a confessing of those sins and repenting of them away from being restored in God’s sight.

One other observation: “Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience”. You think the Hulk can get angry? Believe me, you don’t even want God’s wrath directed at you!

Something to think about.

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verses 30-35: “Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house. The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it. Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. For jealousy enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not accept any ransom, Nor will he be content though you give many gifts.”

Please hear me carefully here. I read in the Holman commentary that some “crimes” were understandable, such as the one quoted in the verses above: a thief who steals food to feed himself due to hunger. In Leviticus, the restitution by law was as little as 20 percent. Still he might have to pay sevenfold, which could easily bankrupt what resources he had.

But I think the best words I could ever find on the feeling regarding adultery are in verses 32-25: “lacking sense”. To quote an old adage heard often in situation comedies….ARE YOU CRAZY? There is no restitution or payment that can be salve to that wound. The anger of the Incredible Hulk is nothing compared to that of a wronged spouse who is the one who bears that pain! You might know friends or family who have been those types of victims, or even know someone who has been in an affair. In my lifetime thus far, I have heard many a reason justifying or apologizing for adultery. I do not mean to come across as “holier than thou”; I too am a sinner saved by grace. You’ve all heard the phrase, “there, but for the grace of God, go I”. But God’s Word is clear that it is wrong, just as God’s Word is clear that if we come to Him, confess our sins and repent, He will forgive.

Something to think about.

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