Summary: Everything you need to know about God’s view of family you learned in a poem... Jack and Jill.

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Jack and Jill Poem

The job of any public speaker is four-fold…

1. Have something worth saying

2. Say it in a way that gets their attention

3. Say it in a way that helps them remember it

4. Keep it simple

I believe this sermon meets all of those requisites

Instead of using scripture as my skeleton.... what I will follow and hang my points on is a children’s poem.

One with which you are very familiar… JACKAND JILL

Disclaimer: I know some people get upset if the pastor does not begin with scripture. If anyone of you doubts, for one minute, that what I say today is not scriptural, I’ll be glad to furnish you with a printed list of scriptures to go with each point.

((Pastors using this message may choose to include a scriptural reference with each point))

Just to be sure we are all together, let’s say the poem together…

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water

Jack fell down and broke his crown

and Jill came tumbling after

Now, don’t get all upset thinking this is going to be silly or irreverent... it is neither.

The truth is, for some strange reason, I find a great message in this poem.

Let’s look at it, tear it apart, and see what nuggets of gold we can mine.

1. "Jack and Jill went up the hill"

Jack represents the Husband/Father

Jill represents the Wife/Mother

Together they represent the FAMILY

The poem does not say Jack went up the hill alone or Jill went up the hill alone.

Jack AND Jill that is the Plan, God’s plan.

In Genesis 2:18 God says, IT IS NOT GOOD FOR MAN TO BE ALONE…”

This does not mean that there is some deficiency in the male of the species that causes him to require help.... as opposed to the female who could have existed alone.

Many feminists seem to feel that if God had been smarter (or if God was a woman) He/she would have made Eve first and then there would have been no need for the male.

Of course for the feminists... the problem is that God is a male.

Generally, God was saying "It is not good for humans to be alone."

Specifically, God was saying, "IT IS NOT GOOD FOR PARENTS TO BE DOING THE JOB ALONE!!!!


1. It is not good for the kids I know there are many single moms here who would get offended and say, “I raised my kids as a single mom and they turned out pretty good.”

Then I commend you for the good job you do but I will still say these things…

A. It was not God’s will (divorce or pregnancy)

I’m not saying God is angry and going to punish you.

I’m saying God had a beautiful plan for you (family) and you missed out on that beautiful plan.

B. It would have been better for the kids and you if they had a godly father to be there for you and them.

C. If they turned out well, they are the exception and not the rule

Statistics are overwhelming, it is not good for the kids.

2. It is not good for the schools

more truancy

lower grades

more trouble in class

3. It is not good for the communities

more crime

more tax money to support them

weaker workplace

weaker communities

It is not good for workplace




((Play video clip “Single Mother” from

I don’t care what the Wynona Judds and the Murphy Browns or Hillary Clintons of this world tell you.... Raising children into healthy, stable, well-rounded adults TAKES A FAMILY !!!

God said, "It is not good for man to be alone, I will give him a helper"

God said it was needed.... necessary.

God does not say Jack or Jill (single parent) can go up the hill.

God says Jack AND Jill.

Not only does the poem not say Jack or Jill went up the hill…

It also does not say Jack and Jack or Jill and Jill went up the hill.

God defines the family as a man and a woman.

God’s plan is Jack and Jill… one man and one woman… period.


Now if I had written this poem I would have said they, “went DOWN the hill”

Why? Because I always think of water flowing downhill, and I imagine rivers and lakes being down in the valley.

I’m glad the poet did not say, “went down the hill.”


Because UP THE HILL is so much truer of being a family.

Marriage, child-rearing, and family… they are HILLS MOUNTAINS is more like it!!!!!

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