The DEFINITION of the HOME

Last time, I wrote brief summaries of the 3 Divinely ordained institutions of Authority over human relationships: The Home, Civil Government, and the Local Church. I will continue this series today, beginning with the Home.

The Home has faced as many attacks against its survival as there have been homes in human history.  Yours is no exception to the rule!  The devil hates God’s Design and will do everything he can to confuse, control, and corrupt our minds in order that he may re-define and re-design what has been called for generations, “the Home”.

Since it was God Himself who designed the Home, I will use His Word, the Holy Bible, to help us to have a better understanding of His expectations and His Divine Definition of the Home.

Genesis 2:21-24

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam 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 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

The Definition of the Home

In the Book of Genesis, we read of God’s Creative acts.  On Day 6, God Created man-kind in His Own Image.  God said that everything He made on that day was “very good”!  That includes the designations of His Creation and the purposes for which He created them.  God made “man” out of the dust of the ground and formed “woman” from a rib taken from the side of the man.  God presented the man with the woman to be his wife.  Evidently, it was God’s idea for a man to marry a woman, and that righteous standard is clearly seen as the ONLY acceptable definition of marriage throughout the Word of God!  Although there have been cultures and societies (some noted in the Bible) that have maligned God’s Holy standard, and have made up their own standard, Jesus Himself said in Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

There is NOTHING difficult to understand about that statement!

God, Who Designed the Home, has now Defined the Home.  Anything other than this Divinely described statement of what marriage is, clearly removes the absolute authority of the Designer to be the Definer! God recognizes His definition to be THE definition for marriage, family, children, and homes.  When we, as a society, begin to shift away from the Almighty’s original design, we set ourselves up for failure and moral divide!  There have always been various segments of the culture who have insisted upon retaining the “right” to live and act and promote agendas other than what God has already determined to be RIGHT.  However, no matter how many home-made rules, rights, or allowances we may enact, it is STILL God ALONE Who sets the standards for right and wrong, gender distinctions, marriage, and the home in general.  He Who DESIGNED His Creation, DEFINES His Creation, and ALL of Creation will answer to Him in Judgment one day! Praise the LORD!