General Survey On The Foundations
Contributed by Rudolf E. Y. Mensah on Dec 5, 2016 (message contributor)
Summary: The single most important part of any building is the foundation. If the foundation is inferior, then the entire building will not last. It will crumble!
INTRODUCTION: The single most important part of any building is the foundation. If the foundation is inferior, then the entire building will not last. It will crumble!
Psalms 11 was written by King David during the time when his estranged son, Absalom, led an armed revolt against him, in an attempt to seize the throne of Israel. You can find the story of Absalom in II Samuel chapters 13 thru 20. King David had 11 wives and 7 children …Absalom was his 3rd son. The Bible stories described him as a very handsome looking man. [2sa 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.]
He used his good looks and charm to politically campaign against his father David to dethrone him and take over his kingship in Israel. Absalom was able to mobilize a wider range of supporters in his political party throughout the land of Judah. They seek to revolt against the government of King David with the plot to kill him and take over power.
The counsel for David told him to flee to a mountainous region east of the Jordan River called Gilead so he can regroup his troop and strategies to outwit Absalom. That is the very reason David wrote in verse 1 “how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?”
David didn’t flee because he was afraid, he left Jerusalem to regroup and prepare for war. There was a great battle but, David won. There are two basic ways of living. Thus, (1) we have the option to choose to live by sight or (2) we may live by faith. In the eleventh psalm the singer poses the question, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" We are living in days when the foundations are being destroyed. The foundations of our civilization are being destroyed.
The Institution of Marriage and family is destroyed: The institution of marriage and the family…has been the bedrock of civilization since creation and everything of value sits on that, everything rests on it — our institutions, our government, our way of life — everything rests on that foundation. If you weaken it, or if you undermine it and you put cracks in that foundation, you necessarily threaten the entire superstructure of western civilization…
The Home is the oldest institution of marriage and family! It is true that the institution of marriage and the family is the foundation upon which human civilization stands. It was established by God in Genesis 2:24 and 3:16-20. He alone holds the royal patent on marriage and the family, and we as human beings do not have the authority to redefine it or discard it in the event that it fails to suit us. Marriage is not the invention of a sociologist or psychologist. . It is the invention of the Sovereign God for the purpose of filling the earth, and ultimately the universe, with His highest creation — man (male and female) made in His image.
But now that foundation is in jeopardy. Forces are at work to undermine it, causing it to crack and crumble under the load of a civilization weighed down with guilt. It is as the Apostle Paul prophesied,
In the last days perilous times will come:for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving,unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control,brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong,haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Divorce is at an all-time high.Many homes are not a place of refuge, but a battlefield. “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 127:1 makes it clear, "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it”.
If God is not in a home and family, then all the effort of building home is useless is what the Bible is saying.
THE RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS ARE BEING DESTROYED: When the religious leaders of our day deny the existence of God, and lead the people into vain philosophy, one must question the basis of their doctrine. A real God, a virgin birth, an atoning death, a justifying resurrection, a
second coming, a Spirit's life in the Church, are all denied.
There is just so much false teaching and corruption in churches and in the public eye today its really sicken, you don't have to look far. Turn on the TV.
THE MORAL FOUNDATIONS ARE BEING DESTROYED: What happens if a foundation isn’t built correctly? It begins to crumble, right? So, what would happen if the moral foundations of our rich culture and biblical standards were destroyed? Evil legislation is destroying morality. Sodomy is legalized in so many world countries and still pushing to be legalized in every culture and community of all nations. It is an abomination unto the Lord. Bill after Bill has gone through Parliament tearing away the foundations of our morality replacing it with immorality. There is a deep decline of moral standards in our communal living today.