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Summary: The first social institution / union God established was the home / family unit with Adam & Eve reigning as king & queen of the earth: stewards of God’s creation. Satan’s first plan of attack was to come between husband & wife.

Rebuilding Broken Families 1 The Foundation Remains Feb. 3, 2013

A 18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky , and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky , and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and 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 , Because she was taken out of Man ."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.25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Gen 2:18-25 (NASB)

1 The first social institution / union God established was the home / family unit with Adam & Eve reigning as king & queen of the earth: stewards of God’s creation.

a Satan’s first plan of attack was to come between husband & wife.

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'?"2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.' "4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. Gen 3:1-7 (NASB)

aa Adam was off doing something else when he should have been with his wife.

bb Eve let some smooth talking snake in the grass talk her into eating forbidden fruit.

b To this day, the devil has persistently continued his attack on the first & primary social institution on the earth, the home.

2 We are witnessing the deterioration, dissolution, and destruction of the family.

a In some major cities there are more divorces granted than there are marriage licenses.

b Adolescent suicide rising; children / teenagers are insecure, run wild, godless, because there is no authority at home.

aa Family doesn’t communicate, talk...

bb Unsubmissive wives clamor for freedom / rights & give children over to the government to train.

cc If fathers are at home many have simply become boarders - give responsibilities to their wife.

c The average house in America doesn’t contain a home / family.

aa Homes are filled with heated arguments, icy silence, rebellion, nobody is happy, happy, happy.

bb Bibles been replaced by magazines, face time with God replaced by facebook, faith by credit cards, Christ is unwelcome or unknown.

d The situation is desperate, but not hopeless.

aa House can become a home, family can be rebuilt because the foundation still stands.

bb Family’s need to blow dust off the bible & recover the building plans.

B God has a fourfold purpose for family.

1 Spiritual Purpose.

27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27 (NASB)

a It takes a man & a woman to complete the image of God, “in the image of God created He them...”

aa From Him came the authority, strength & sacrifice of a husband / father.

bb From Him came the tenderness, resourcefulness, and the love of a mother.

b In Christian marriage we see the complete image of God.

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