Family – Lesson for Group Study
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The basic unit of civilization. The one safe corner in a hostile world. An incubator of values and character. The cornerstone of child development. A government sanctioned living arrangement. A pact for morally condoned sex. A covenant of dependency. A bridge between generations. An economic partnership. An efficient means of holding and transferring property.
The family has been called all these things, and more. Where once it was respected and revered as a sacred institution, it is now often rejected, ridiculed and redefined as an archaic form of domestic bondage. Political activists and pop psychologists consider it the breeding ground for all neurosis. Yet most of us still hold fond memories of childhood, and continue to hunger for the warmth and support only family can provide.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24 ESV
Family groups are as old as recorded history. In these days of independence and endless convenience, it’s difficult for us to imagine a time when every person in a family was dependent on one another. Where husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children served clearly defined roles.
God designed man and woman to need each other, not just for procreation or pleasure, but for companionship, and the emotional and physical support they could share. Men were created with strength and aggressiveness to hunt, protect and build. Women were given nurturing attitudes, as well as the communication and organizational skills needed to raise offspring to maturity. Children meant extra hands after a few years, to hunt, harvest and help the family survive.
This elegant balance of cooperation and complementary skills was clearly teamwork fashioned in heaven.
Malachi 2:16 states that God hates divorce. Jesus reinforced and solidified the idea that marriage is sacred, ordained in heaven and should be sheathed in love between a man and a woman.
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