THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date – 2-17-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PLAN FOR THE HOME.”

WELCOME

We are excited to have you with us today for the Living Word Program. What a glorious Lord’s Day morning it is.

As always it is an honor and privilege to have you with us. We are thankful you have chosen to join us as we commit this time to the things of God.

It is our hope and prayer this morning that we may each participate and do our part to make this time acceptable before Him and according to His Word. Now let’s begin by talking to God through prayer!

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Well, it’s time to join in our first song of the morning, as we sing together a hymn which reminds us of just what our Lord was willing to do for us all. So won’t you do your part as we together sing, “There Is Power In The Blood.”

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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

What brings you joy in this life? What really makes you happy? Obviously, we all find joy in the things of this life that we can acquire or buy. However, after we have bought most of the things we want, they only leave us wanting more or wanting something better. This is really not true happiness.

I’m asking you about those things which bring you real happiness and joy. Those things which make you feel as if you have really accomplished something and made a difference. The things you do that make your life worthwhile, leaving you with a sense of fulfillment.

What brings you this kind of joy? How about that newborn baby or watching your child as they grow up and mature into an adult. Being a part of making that child, who they are and what they will be.

Maybe it is being a better person and acting more like Christ, even in a world that really practices just the opposite. Some of us find joy in studying and growing in God’s Word, so that we can be more pleasing to our creator. What about this type of joy, do you have it?

It’s not always easy to find joy in this world in which we live. It seems that there are problems and pressures on every side. When we look around we see unemployment, sickness, suicides and death. Throughout the world we hear of suffering due to people fighting and wars among those who can’t seem to get along. All of it is sometimes enough to really get us down.

So, let me ask you again, what really brings you joy in this life? Have you thought of some things yet? Now let me ask you, why does it matter? It matters because God wants us to be a joyous and happy people. In 1 John 1:4, we read, “and these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” John had been writing words of encouragement so that the followers of God could be happy!

God truly wants us to be happy. So, what does joy mean? It is the emotion excited by the expectations of good. One writer said it is the serenity of the soul that comes from having made peace with God. In the Bible we often read of the joy, gladness and delight of those, in the service of their lord. As God’s children today we must know and have the true Joy that is only found in Jesus Christ! Won’t you let the world see in you the joy that comes from being a child of God.

Today I will be leading our main study from God’s Word, as we begin a new series of study entitled, “What Have They Seen In Your House.” Our first lesson in this series is, “God’s Plan For The Home.” So, please continue with us and after our next song we will consider this important lesson from God Word. Now let’s join in our second song of the day. The name of the hymn is, “This Is My Father’s World.”

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LESSON

By Ray Sullins

We will begin another series of study that hopefully will be beneficial to all of us as those who are striving to not only know the will of God but to obey the will of God. Our discussion this morning will begin in 2Kings 18. We are introduced here to a new king which is appointed over Judah. In fact there you might notice with me in verse 1 that we see the mans name was Hezekiah the son of Ahaz. What we find out about Hezekiah down in verse 3 is that he was a righteous man in fact the Bible says he did right in the sight of the Lord. Not only do we know that he did right in accordance to what God had said just as David had done but then as we go to look at for instance in verse 5, it says, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel…” Verse 6 says, “He held fast to the Lord…” And even as we read there in verse 7, “The Lord was with him; he prospered…” Some other things that stand out about the beautiful life of this King Hezekiah are found throughout the text here but also in chapter 20. Specifically it mentions the idea that God actually extends his life because of his faithfulness. So certainly again we see a man who God not only knew, but who God heard, who God responded too, and who God blessed even with an extended life.

Now if you will go with me though however to chapter 20:15 we find something as well very significant taking place. In fact Hezekiah was well known in the region and in fact even the King as it says of Babylon desired to greet or to say things to him, to send envoys, and even to see what it was that was so glorious about this kingdom. And as we read there in verse 15, there is a discussion that is taking place between Hezekiah and Isaiah about what it is that Isaiah has shown the visitors from Babylon. I want you to notice with me the statement that is there made in verse 15, “And he said, ‘What have they seen in your house?’ So Hezekiah answered, ‘They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.’” Well you see perhaps possibly a problem with the judgment of Hezekiah in showing all the vast treasures and wealth of this man of God and the people of God for what do we know later takes place? Well, as we even read in this text Isaiah tells him that some day the same peoples will come back to get those treasures, to cease them, and to take them as spoils.

So as we think about that certainly a very interesting story but a story that I would also like to focus on again in particular with one statement that is made there in verse 15 as we read. The question again that is asked is, “What have they seen in your house?” I believe that is a beautiful springboard not only in knowing what Hezekiah did in showing those of Babylon all that was in His house, and all the treasures of His house, and all that he had. But it might be a good question even for you and I today as followers of God. When we live in this world before God and as we live in this world before the rest of God’s creation our fellow man, the same question might be asked of us. What is it that they have seen in our house? What do people see when they look at your life? What do people see when they consider whether you are a Christian or not, whether you do those things that God commands of you? What do people really know about your faithfulness to God? What do they see about the literal structure you live in or even more specifically the home that dwells there? What do they see in your wife and your children? Do they see those who are of God, those who love God, those who are committed to God, those who are busy in the work of God’s business? Or do they see something else? Are they impressed in the name of God, and before God in what they hear in your lips and what they see in your actions, and what they know about how you have prospered as one who is faithful? Or do they consider you just like everyone else, or just like all the other neighbors, or just like any other home with all of its trials, and troubles, and problems, and really the lack of interest and focus on what truly matters in this life? And that is once again God almighty.

What I would like to begin to do today is begin this new series asking this question time and time again. What have they seen in your house? What types of fathers and husbands have they seen? What types of mothers and wives have they seen? What types of Parents have they seen? What types of children have they seen? You see on and on and on we can go in relationship to understanding that God has a specific plan for the home as is designed in His word the Bible. Our responsibility as children of God, those again who love God, those who have submitted to His Will, and those who are going to be committed to obeying His commandments is to make sure that I am fulfilling the role that God intends. Why? Because my desire is not only that God may see me as righteous and holy but that when they, those of the world, look at my house they truly see not just me, and my family, and the home but they see a home that is justified and withstands before God almighty. So what have they seen in your house?

With that in mind then I want you to begin with me thinking about God’s plan for the home. When we back up into Genesis 1 certainly God creates all the wondrous and glorious things of this creation that we now are benefitting from. We even find there in verses 26-27 that God’s ultimate creation was man and that man was made in the image of God and in the likeness of God. We also are well aware of the fact that God is not made of flesh and blood. John 4:24, says that God is the Spirit. So we are made in the Spiritual likeness, the Spiritual image of God almighty. The physical man, the fleshly man is made after the dust of this earth and someday as even the wise man Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 12, it will return to the dust. But when we think about the fact of God making man what was God’s desire for man? Well, we very quickly learn in chapter 2 that God having made man and giving man dominion over all of creation soon sees that man needs a companion, a helper, or “help me” as the Old King James says. One who is able to be comparable or even compatible we might say with him who is able to think, and feel, and to serve God, and to know, to have wisdom, and understanding, and to obey, and disobey. A woman who is not only able to become one with a man but also who will then be able with the man to procreate and to bring about that which God’s intent was from the very beginning of His creation. So there in chapter 2 we see Adam is put to sleep and a rib is taken from His side and from the rib there of man God makes the woman. The woman is brought to man and named by man as well as the rest of God’s creation. What is beautiful however is what is indicated there by Adam when he sees Eve. In verse 23 of chapter 2 it says, “This in now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Now what was God’s plan then for this man and this woman whom He created? Well the next verse, 24, tells us that plan, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” Now if we understand that it is not a difficult thing to comprehend because what we see is that God made man, man comes forth from parents, although when this was written there or concerning the time it was written in verse 24, Adam and Eve had been created by God and they did not have parents. But the principle being laid down was clear that when a man grows up although having parents, he must leave his parents and be joined to a wife. And when a man and a woman are joined it says they become what? One flesh, one flesh. So therefore we begin to see the very first glimpse of the home as God designed it. One man, one woman for life; a commitment. That is certainly seen within the idea that the union of man and woman is described as a singular union not a divided union or two things that are separate, but one union.

Now as we move over to chapter 4 guess what happens soon after they have become what we would call husband and wife. Well, there in chapter 4 we see that God blesses Eve and she conceives and bears a son and the first son that is born there is called verse 1 Cain. Verse 2 says that she conceives again and bears a son and then Abel is bore to Adam and Eve. So now we not only see the husband and wife but now we see the very first parents on the earth. We see Adam having to learn to be the very first father on the earth. We see Eve having to learn to be the very first mother on the earth. So in such we find the home, and not just the home, but the home of God for it was God’s plan that said one man, one woman, one flesh, and from the one flesh there would come offspring such as Cain and Abel being the first children that were brought into this family. So as we look at the family certainly then the home is very significant because from this time on what was the objective that man should have according to plans, God. The objective was that they not only have a child but children. Even after Cain and Abel and eventually Seth it tells us that Adam and Eve had even more sons and daughters. Then we go on and we see time after time within the genealogies that so and so begot so and so and another individual begot another individual. What we learn is again God’s plan for the home being accomplished.

But perhaps again we don’t see it better anywhere else than in the book of Genesis again in the chapters 6-8 in the story of Noah. For after they finally come off of the ark and they are blessed by God what are they told to do, that is the sons of Noah and their wives? They are told to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. One man, one woman becoming one flesh joining themselves to one another that they might before God make up the home of God which the home of God has one man, one woman, and then children.

We also would learn in relationship to the home of God that not only is there a need to be those who follow God’s plan in relationship to reproducing and having offspring but also there is a need to be those who served God. Again we can go back and we can look at men like Adam, and we can see the descendants of Seth. We can even see men such as Enoch that we are well aware of, or Noah that we have mentioned, or Moses. What is beautiful about those who are really faithful and walking with God as we considered in our last series is that they were individuals who did what God commanded and not just some of it but as we even see with Noah He did all that God commanded. So what we again learn concerning the home is that the home has an important focus and the most important focus of a home of God is God Himself. If a man is focused on God therefore desirous of being the best husband and father he can be before God. If a wife is focused on God therefore being desirous and being the best wife and mother she can be. If two parents are there before God striving again to accomplish the same or children desirous of serving God in order that they might be the best children that they can be therefore honoring and obeying their parents. If everyone one in a home is functioning as God designs it guess what the home is going to be? A great home, a Godly home, a fruitful home, a profitable home and in that the home will be blessed.

Now another thing that we find so wondrous about the Bible is the beautiful relationship that we see between husbands and wives. We see the beautiful relationship that we see between parents and their children. We see the beautiful relationship that we see that children have with even their mothers and their fathers. In fact Jesus stands out to me as even there on the cross His greatest interest as he writhed in anguish and pain was still knowing that His mother would be cared for, and making sure that the disciple whom He loved really was willing to take care of her. You see what beauty there is in a home because just as God loves us and has created us and given us the very breath of life and blessed us with all that we have. If we learn to love as God has love we not only will love God enough to do what He has asked of us but we will love one another in the Godly home and ultimately today in the Christian home. That we might all function exactly as God has designed in His word and when I function right and you thus are exhorted to function right as a wife, or when you as a wife function properly. When we all do our part to make sure that we are trying to get it right God will bless us and we will be a home before Him that is justified not only today but eternally. Do you have that type of home before God?

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CLOSING COMMENTS

Again, let me thank you for choosing to be with us this morning. I hope we all have been encouraged through our time spent together. Please remember, you are invited to join us every Sunday morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this service of God.

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Let’s all strive to have homes as God designs in His Word. And may we always fulfill our proper function in the home before God, that we might be found pleasing in His sight and thus rewarded in the end.

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