Summary: What does God have to say about marriage?
A Godly Marriage
Today starts the Marriage protection week. Sometimes we need to be reminded what God considers a marriage to be and how a husband and wife should act in that marriage. This sermon will consist of three topics. The first topic we will look at is what constitutes a marriage. The second topic we will look at is how God expects the husband and wife to act in that marriage and the third topic will be for our youth to remain pure until marriage.
Let’s look at the first marriage.
18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.
20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ’woman,’ for she was taken out of man."
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
The first marriage God ordained consisted of one man (Adam) and one woman (Eve). God created Adam and Eve and told them to be fruitful and to have children. To be able to be fruitful and to have Children, a marriage must consist of one man and one woman. I know some are you are thinking that in the Old Testament times that men had many wives. This was true back then, but we look at that later in the sermon. The point that I am making is that marriages are between men and women, not between two men or two women. Today we are seeing legislation being passed that makes same sex marriages not only legal, but having the same rights as the traditional Biblical marriage. Our schools across this nation are teaching in Sex Education classes that the homosexual lifestyle is normal and that they have the same rights of adoption and raising children as traditional marriages. Our children are being bombarded by this lie in our schools and on television. There are very few prime-time TV shows that do not portray homosexuals. If we allow this to continue, our children will grow up believing this lie. It has even gotten into our churches. I am sure that you have heard about the homosexual Bishop that the Episcopal Church has just appointed. Even many of our churches believe the lie now. This really doesn’t surprise me. Over the past fifty years or so, some of our Churches and Pastors are turning away from true doctrine and allowing sin to enter into their churches. We must return back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and follow all of His teaching, not just some of them.
You know the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Because of the sin of homosexuality, God destroyed all the people, cities and the entire area.
Let read a little about that story.
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-- both young and old-- surrounded the house.
5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7 and said, "No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.
The angels told Lot to take his wife and daughters and leave this wicked city because they were going to destroy the cities and all the wicked people.
23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land.
24 Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah-- from the LORD out of the heavens.
25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities-- and also the vegetation in the land.