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God, Marriage, and Family :: Galatians

I am working through some new books right now.  The spring semester is over and my summer classes won’t kick up until late June.  So, to take advantage of a couple of weeks break in my class reading I am taking in these books:

God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation
by Andreas Kostenberger and David W. Jones

Galatians – Reformed Expository Commentary
by Phillip Graham Ryken

God, Marriage, and Family is a must read.  Kostenberger and Jones handle the subjects with great scholarly care, yet they temper their writings with a gentle pastoral hand.  Very easy to read and a great encouragement for the Christian of what marriage and family ought to be based upon the Scriptures.

Phillip Ryken’s commentary is a great commentary for the book of Galatians.  It flows in the vein of expositional commentaries and makes a great compliment for the person working through this book in their devotional time.  Easy to read, yet in depth and very helpful.  Ligonier Ministries rated this commentary in the #1 spot in their best commentaries blog series.  I highly recommend.


Creation As An Argument For Headship

The creation account found in Genesis 1-3 gives us more than the simple account of how God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day.  These first chapters of Genesis are also the go to source for Paul in his arguments for male headship in the home and in the church.  Paul looks to the chronology of creation and he looks to the purpose in creation for the basis of his arguments.  All of these verses imply male headship from God’s deliberate ordering of creation.

  • Man was created first, Woman was created second.  Paul sees purpose in God’s chronological ordering of man first, woman second.

    And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed (Gen 2:8).

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:18, 22).

    I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.  For Adam was formed first, then Eve (1 Timothy 2:12-13).

  • The woman was made for man.  Paul see purpose in God specifically making woman to help man, not the other way around.

    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him (Gen 2:18, 20).

    Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man (1 Cor 11:9).

  • The woman was made from man.  Paul sees purpose in God specifically creating woman from the man’s side.

    And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22)

    For man was not made from woman, but woman from man (1 Cor 11:8).

  • Man received the divine command.

    And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:16-17).

  • Man was presented with the woman.

    The rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man (Gen 2:22).

  • Man named the woman with a name derived from his own.

    Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen 2:23).

    The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living (Gen 3:20).

Both the man and the woman are to rule as God’s representatives on earth (Gen 1:28), but they are to do so by acting out different roles.  The man works out this representative rule by being “in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).  The woman works out this representative rule by being “a helper fit for him” (Gen 2:18).  Both are equal in their God ordained task, yet distinct in their roles of how to fulfill this God ordained task.

* Kostenberger, Andreas J., David W. Jones, God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

Jonathan Edwards and A Family Hymnal

Here is something new that is doing to help promote your books you have made.  Check out the two I have put together.  One is on Jonathan Edwards (some sermons and an essay), another is a book of hymns that I made for our family worship time.  Coming soon I will have a catechism book that can be used during family worship time as well.  I will let you know in the future when that one is drawing to completion.

In the mean time click through and check out the two books below

Bible Intake

Bible intake is an absolute spiritual discipline that is crucial to the growth of the Christian.  You can split up bible intake into at least two categories:

1.  Slow and steady method.
2.  Fire hydrant method.

The common form of bible intake for me is the slow and steady method.  I choose a text (say the book of Hebrews) and slowly go over it verse by verse, picking through it, reading commentaries about it, cross referencing it, etc.  This is a great way to get deep and personal with the biblical text and must for all bible students.

But, I usually forsake the second for the first.  A healthy diet of bible intake will be sprinkled with both slow and steady, verse by verse picking, and being dowsed with mass quantities of verses in one sitting.

As I am prepping for my New Testament II class (I am reading through all of the NT minus the Gospels) I am using a little known tool that will help you to saturate yourself with mass quantities of scripture in a single setting.

The ESV website has a way for you to listen to the bible for free from their website.  If you go the the ESV website and look in the upper right hand corner you will see this link Options (beta).  Click the word ‘options’ and it will open up a new page that will allow you to pick what audio format you want to hear your scripture selection being read to you in (I prefer to hear Max McLean).  Click save, then go type in your bible reference.  Next to your bible reference there should be a link that says “listen”.  Click and enjoy.

I find that listening to someone else read the scriptures while I read my own copy of scripture helps me stay focused in my reading and consume great amounts of scripture.

If your diet of bible intake tends to be imbalanced, as mine can be, then try this out.  It will help greatly.

A Book
Also, if the concept of bible intake as a spiritual discipline is a foreign concept to you, or you have never really had it explained to you this book is a must:
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
Buy it, read it.

A Family Hymnal

About a month or so ago I asked some friends to submit their favorite hymns to me.  I asked them to do this so I could compile a list of hymns to chose from for the hymnal I was making.  I wanted to make a “greatest hits” hymnal where all of the goodies where compiled into one book.  Below you will see the hymns that made the list.  This hymnal is by no means closed to more suggestions, so if you don’t see one of your favorites listed send me an email and it just might make the cut.

  1. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
  2. Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
  3. All Creature Of Our God And King
  4. All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name
  5. Amazing Grace
  6. And Can It Be
  7. Before The Throne Of God Above
  8. Blessed Assurance
  9. Be Thou My Vision
  10. Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
  11. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
  12. Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
  13. Come Ye Sinners Poor And Needy
  14. Doxology
  15. God Moves In Mysterious Ways
  16. He Leadeth Me
  17. Help My Unbelief
  18. Holy, Holy, Holy
  19. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us
  20. How Great Thou Art
  21. In Christ Alone
  22. I Need Thee Every Hour
  23. I Stand Amazed In The Presence
  24. It Is Well With My Soul
  25. Jesus Paid It All
  26. Man of Sorrows
  27. My Hope Is Built
  28. My Jesus I Love Thee
  29. My Lord, I Did Not Choose You
  30. Not All The Blood of Beasts
  31. Nothing But the Blood
  32. Not What My Hands Have Done
  33. O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
  34. O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  35. O Worship The King
  36. Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
  37. Power In The Blood
  38. Rock Of Ages
  39. The Church’s One Foundation
  40. The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus
  41. The Power Of The Cross
  42. There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
  43. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
  44. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Duties Of Parents #4 and #5

by Richard Baxter

4. Let it be the principal part of your care and labor in all their education, to make HOLINESS appear to them the most necessary, honorable, gainful, pleasant, delightful, amiable state of life; and to keep them from apprehending it either as needless, dishonorable, hurtful, or uncomfortable. Especially draw them to the love of it—by representing it as lovely. The whole skill of parents for the pious education of their children, consists in this—to make them conceive of holiness as the most amiable and desirable life—by representing it to them in words and practice—not only as most necessary, but also as most profitable, honorable, and delightful. “Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17. 

5. Speak often to them of the brutish baseness and sinfulness of FLESH-PLEASING SENSUALITY; and of the greater excellency of the pleasures of the mind, which consist in wisdom, and in doing good. Your chief care must be to save them from flesh-pleasing; which is not only in general the sum of all iniquity—but that which in particular, children are most prone to. For their flesh and sense are very lively—and they lack not only faith, but clear reason to resist it. And so (besides their natural depravity) the custom of obeying sense (which is in strength) without reason (which is in childhood is almost useless) does much increase this pernicious sin. And therefore continually labor to imprint in their minds an odious dislike of a flesh pleasing life. Speak bitterly to them against gluttony, and drunkenness, and excess of amusements.

Duties Of Parents #3

by Richard Baxter

3.  In all your speeches of God, and of the holy Scripture, or the life to come, or of any holy duty—speak always with gravity, seriousness, and REVERENCE—as of the most great and solemn and most sacred things. 

For before children come to have any distinct understanding of particulars, it is a hopeful beginning to have their hearts possessed with a general reverence and high esteem of holy matters. For this will continually awe their consciences, and help their judgments, and settle them against prejudice and profane contempt, and be as a seed of holiness in them. For the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10; 1:7. The very manner of the parents’ speech and demeanor, expressing great reverence to the things of God, has a very great power to leave the similar impression on a child. Most children of godly parents, who later became pious, can tell you this by experience—that from early childhood they learned to reverence holy things—which the speech and demeanor of their parents taught them.