The family is a divine gift of God . The complete fulfillment of life is possible only through a happy family. It is the will of God that man and woman be united in marriage and build their home. It is a plan of God . It is also a design of God –a design which reflects the beauty and glory of God.
Prov.31:10 says, ”Who can find a virtuous woman ? for her price is far above rubies.”
In another place it says, “….a prudent wife is from the Lord.” Prov. 19:14
About the children, the word of God says,
“Lo, children are the heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Ps.127:3
Ps.127:1 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that built it.”
These words of God reveal a divine truth that God has a special part in building of a family. It is very important that the children of God should know the principles and laws of marriage found in the word of God. Today we see many broken homes and marriages end up in divorce due to the lack of the knowledge of God. In this article I have tried to deal with this subject intensively with a view to reveal this spiritual truth behind a family.
THE MYSTERY OF A CHRISTIAN FAMILY:
A Christian Home or marriage is ordained by God Himself. It is therefore, divinely instituted with a perfect design and purpose. The first marriage was instituted by God in the garden of Eden when He first created man and woman for each other.
In Genesis 2:18, God says,
“It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
But the way God made a help meet for Adam was really a big mystery. The Book of Genesis provides us a wonderful record of it.
“Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air . He brought them to the man to see what he would name them , and whatever the man called each living creature , that was its name . So the man gave names to all the lives stock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into deep sleep, and while he was sleeping, he took one of the mans ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 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.”
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united(cleave) to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Gen. 2:19-24(NIV)
It is God’s will that man and woman be united in marriage. Through this passage the Bible declares a marvelous theme of “ONENESS” in marriage.