Most people have read the creation story in the early chapters of Genesis, of how God, in six days created all that is and rested on the seventh. 

But do they really understand what God did?

      In my minds eye I can see God moving about through each day of creation. He has in mind His ultimate creation of man, and I can imagine that each day God says, "He will like this"; "Ah, this will excite him", and through each day God proceeds preparing for His crowning achievement. 

      But, wait! Of all of Gods creatures, man is the only one that scripture says, "And the LORD God FORMED man . . . and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life . . ." (Genesis 2:7 NKJV) 

      This means man is unlike all other creatures. Such love - such adoration - how special it is to imagine - God looks upon His crowning achievement, and actually formed, and then BREATHES INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATHE OF LIFE. All the other ground creatures He simply called from the ground. (Genesis 2:19) How differently God dealt with His crowning achievement!

      Now, an amazing thing happens - God is not through. Adam was in need of a helper. The LORD God brought all the animals of the earth before Adam. Adam gave each animal its name, but none was suitable as a mate for him.. Adam is put into a deep sleep while God removed a rib from his side, with which He made a woman, whom He then presented to Adam. (Genesis 2:19-22)  God Himself performed the first wedding and stated: "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh". (Genesis 2:24 NKJV).                                        

      Jesus quotes this verse almost verbatim in Matthew 19:4-5 - ".  . . Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave His father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"? (NKJV)

      The apostle Paul also quotes this verse from Genesis in Ephesians 5:30-31 - "For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

      Paul then adds one more verse, Ephesians 5:32: "THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY, BUT I SPEAK CONCERNING CHRIST AND THE CHURCH." Please note these facts:

1. When God created Adam - He created an INDIVIDUAL.

2. When God created Eve - He created SOCIETY.

3. When God performed the first wedding - He created the FAMILY.

These additional facts stand out piercingly keen:

1. Marriage, though it is supported by Christians, was not founded by Christians.

2. Marriage is not an ordinance of the church, though it is supported by the church.

3. Marriage existed before there was any human government, therefore it is not a government function.

4. God instituted marriage, with the intent of it being a picture of the relationship between Christ and His church, of which Christ is the head. Ephesian 5:23 and Colossians 1:18.

      When God presented Eve to Adam and ordained marriage, He still had more to do. Yes, the 6 days of creation were now over and God had rested on the seventh day, but there was yet more.

      Satan, in the form of a serpent enticed Eve to disobey God by eating of  the Tree of Good and Evil. As soon as both Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree they then knew they were naked and hid themselves. When God came looking for them and found them hiding trying to clothe themselves, and they confessed their evil action, God started first with the serpent, pronouncing a curse upon him, in Genesis 3:14-15. Though God is speaking to the serpent, He is yet at the same time speaking to Satan, and in verse 15 of this scripture, is God's declaration of war to Satan: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed. He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel". (NKJV)

      There are no BIG sins, nor LITTLE sins. There are no BLACK or WHITE sins. All sins are the same and carry the same penalty. 

      However, in the Bible it appears that God manifests more more anger with sexual sins than any other, because as mentioned above, marriage is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the church. God has expressed His intense hate for all sins, including homosexuality, as vividly expressed in Romans 1:22-32. 

      Satan knows his ultimate fate and that there is nothing he can do about it. Yet he is determined to take as much of mankind down to the pit with him as he possibly can. Unfortunately, in many areas and ways, Satan is making better use of modern technology than the church is. It has often been said that you cannot legislate morality. While it is true that no one can be forced to be good, doing evil can be made to be costly, such as being severely fined when speeding and other offenses.

      The depth of immorality in our society has become so deep that it is accepted as normal and not sinful. How many folks do you know who have lived together before they were married? How many do you know who have not only lived together, but had children out of wedlock? Now they are guilty of fornication or adultery as well. This is far beyond moral standards of less than just 50 years ago. This is only one example. A harsher one is the number of babies in the womb who have been murdered since 1973, and in more recent years while exiting the womb. Society has become so calloused to abortion, that it is now almost unnoticed, and is an accepted practice. 

      On a less mind bending sin, how many violate less obvious laws or the ones that are easier to ease by or sneak around? 

      Scripture says "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities." Romans 13:1 (NKJV) When you are on the highway, do you like to brag about how quickly you can get to a shopping maul that is an hour away while ignoring the speed signs? Do you think nothing of taking a postage stamp or pencil from the desk provided for you at work, saying they won't miss it? When shopping at the grocery, do you eat a few of the grapes in your basket, before going through the check out? Do you order a glass of water when eating out, and then refill with soda without paying for it? Are you living by the Golden Rule, "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU"?

      Immorality has become so ingrained into our daily lives that many participate in it or sanction it without realizing what they are doing. It has been more than 60 years since I have heard a sermon on I Timothy 2:9, regarding modest apparel. 

      Modesty doesn't seem to be in most peoples vocabulary any more, unless they are Amish or a Mennonite. We learn from I Thessalonians 4:7, that God calls us to holiness. How does make oneself appear holy? Also in I Thessalonians 5:22, Paul also advises us, "Abstain from every form of evil." What does such action consist of? Also, James 1:27 tells us ". . . keep oneself unspotted for the world".  (NKJV). What does "unspotted" mean in this context?

      Standards, styles, tastes, likes and dislikes change over time. 

      But one can still stay within God's guide lines. Something that is pretty to one, is not necessarily pretty to another. So what is modesty? Adam and Eve were alone in the Garden of Eden, in that there were no other human around. Yet, when God came to them after they had sinned, He clothed them. Obviously, if God wanted them to be clothed when they were alone, he would certainly want them to be properly clothed in a social setting. 

      Christ, when teaching concerning adultery, stated that ". . .  whoever looks upon a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart". (Matthew 5:28 NKJV).

      A man cannot go shopping or even to church without lusting.  There are areas where parking or smoking is not allowed. But there are no areas where immodesty is not allowed. Today pornography is a multi-billion dollar business. But one does not need to visit an xxx-rated store for a man to see more of women's body than should be exposed. 

      Ultimately, the most important reason for righteous living, i.e. not lying, not stealing, not cheating on taxes, no murder, obeying the laws of the land, sexual purity, embracing modesty, etc. - is that God's Word tells us. Times and styles change, but God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, hence our bodies to be kept holy for Him.

     Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.  



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