Series: This Is Us
May 24, 2020 | Dr. Wes George
Passage: Genesis 1:26-31
I believe that you and I must understand God’s vision for the family before we can have a vision for our family.
God clearly communicates His Master plan for the family.
Genesis 1 and 2 give us the Master’s plan for the family.
God’s vision for the family is in the Bible.
God’s vision for the family launches with biblical marriage.
- Biblical marriage is between a man and a woman.
Genesis 1: 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
- Biblical marriage is a spiritual union.
Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
- Biblical marriage is intended for life.
Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
- Biblical marriage reveals a mystery greater than marriage itself.
31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
God’s vision for the family includes raising children.
- Raising children begins with birthing children.
Genesis 1: 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth,. . .
- Raising children involves discipling children.
Deuteronomy 6:4“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
God’s vision for the family is assaulted by Satan.
- The assault began at the Fall.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
- The assault continues today.
Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against bflesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
God’s vision for the family is restored in Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
- Jesus redeems broken sinners as His bride, the church.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.