Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Very First Ingredient


Good morning ladies. This week we are talking about building a family God’s way. Truly there is only one source that gives us detailed descriptions of what God had planned. Let’s take a peek at the first family He created.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 2:18-24 (ESV)

One flesh. Let’s just rest on that thought for a minute. Two people that come together will indeed become one both physically and probably more important, emotionally and spiritually. There is nothing more profound then the plan God had for his crowning creation. This couple is to be tightly knitted together. If we are going to be knitted together then it is vital that we chose wisely who we join with!

After reading through the Old Testament I was struck by the Israelites stubbornness to follow God’s instructions. Over and over again he tells his people to not associate with the pagan nations. Never, ever marry outside the nation was a constant instruction from God. Solomon was even warned that if he ignored God’s teaching the wives he chose would turn his heart away from the LORD. Over and over again Solomon and all those like him disobeyed. We see the natural consequences of their actions all through the pages of the Old Testament.

We become critical of the Israelites yet we in the church do the very same thing! We think we are smarter than God somehow and don’t need to follow his basic plan for the family. I see the pain and the misery when a couple come together that should have never been. It seem so harsh to say but the truth is there. When a young woman who loves the LORD chooses a mate that doesn’t love the Father then the marriage will be out of balance.

If you have gotten this far in the reading I know there will be some of you who will argue with what I am saying. Some of you can tell me great stories of when a believer marries an unbeliever and eventually the unbeliever comes to the LORD and everything is great. I know sweet sister that God can and does work miracles and heals marriages. I get that but I know through His word that the Creator did not want his people to unite with unbelievers, it is not God’s best.

If we want to follow the plans God has for the family then we start with the WORD. Both the husband and the wife united in following God’s plan for their family. Something to think about. More tomorrow.

In Christ Alone,

Jill

"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up"

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