Gen. 2:23-24, Eccl. 12:13-14, Psalm 127:1
The dull, gray concrete floor
of a new house may not look like much in the beginning,
but it represents the most critical part of the structure
- the foundation. Today we're going to begin by taking a
look at what the Bible says the foundation of our homes
should be. Unless we build our homes on God's sure foundation,
they will not last, but will crumble before our very eyes.
The foundation is the first thing we lay down and it represents
that on which everything else will depend and that upon
which everything else will be built.
During WWII, housing was in
short supply. A lady with good intentions expressed sympathy
to a little girl whose family did not live in a house. She
said, "It's too bad your family doesn't have a home."
The five-year-old replied, "We have a home. We just
don't have a house to put it in." In WWII, there was
a housing shortage; today we have a home shortage."1
God's word is rich in its teachings,
seldom covert, and, more often than not, very open in revealing
that which went on inside the homes listed in Scripture.
We'll look at some of those, from time to time. But today
we're going to begin where God began…in the beginning.
Though Adam and Eve didn't
at first have a house in which to put their home, they did,
nevertheless, have a home…as God intended. Theirs was in
a beautiful Garden where they enjoyed a time of blissful
communion with God. They walked in the Garden…with God.
They didn't have selfish thoughts, impure motives, or even
any hang-ups. They were wonderfully happy walking with God
in the Garden where they became husband and wife. Not many
can boast that God married them, but Adam and Eve could.
The Bible says in Genesis 2:23-24: The man said, "This
is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall
be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." 24
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and
be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh."
This fact alone is huge when
we understand that it represents the tremendous importance
God places on the home. In this blissful existence, God
married them; thus He established the first home. If only
they had lived happily ever after.
In the weeks that followed,
their honeymoon was interrupted by an unexpected, and uninvited,
guest. The serpent deceived them and then, suddenly, they
found themselves hiding from God rather than walking with
Him in the cool of the day. Sound familiar?
How often do we feel the gentle
tugs from God to walk and talk with Him? But, instead, like
Adam and Eve, we hide, hoping He'll go away…or, at least,
stop pursuing us? The fact that Moses was called the friend
of God gives us some insight into that which God wants in
His relationships with us. He longs for us to walk with
Him. He was deeply grieved the day that Adam and Eve could
no longer do that.
He evicted them from the Garden
of Eden so that they would not make permanent their sinful
state by also eating from the Tree of Life. In being expelled
from the Garden, suddenly they needed food and shelter and
that food and shelter became the basics of survival for
That was then, this is now.
That was many centuries ago. Since then we've been through
the Stone Age, the ice age, the dark ages, the industrial
age, the space age, and the information age, just to name
of few. All this aging should have made us wiser, but has
it? Unfortunately, the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden
led to the beginning of family problems, problems that continue
So, why do we still live as
small groups in homes today? Hasn't anyone ever tried to
do life without a family? Aren't there other ways of doing
life, other than doing life together as families? We could
do case studies on the Charles Manson's, Ted Bundy's, and
Lee Harvey Oswald's of this world and would have all the
reasons we'd need to understand why home matters. The product
that is produced as a result of doing life apart from families
is not a product that sells. We look at men like these and
cringe and we say we wouldn't wish that on our worst enemies.
Home is, indeed, the fabric which holds society together.
Without God-honoring homes, nations fall.
So, why do most people live
together in families? Because, in the beginning, God placed
people together in families. No matter how far from that
we stray, no matter which way we go, no matter what worldly
models we try to implement, we always come back to doing
life together as families…because it's God's way and God's
will for the home. If we do not understand this basic tenet
of our faith, we will not be able to comprehend God's purpose
for the home.
Next time we'll further define
the purpose of the foundation on which our homes are built.
Until then, meditate on the fact that Home was God's Big
Idea! Are there any changes you need to make in your home
to honor God's idea and plan for your home? Ask Him to help
you. He'd like nothing more.
1 McHenry. Something to Think About,