BEGINNINGS

I’m reminded again of how contemporary the Bible is. It’s applicable to whatever the culture is doing or talking about.

The Banner of Truth Trust (.org) publishes “M’Cheyne’s Calendar for Daily Readings” which gets me into Genesis in January. Beginnings. It has been good to be reminded of a few foundational truths of Christianity:

Male and female, He created them.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. and God blessed them” (Genesis 1:27-28).
“When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created” (Genesis 5:1-2).

God created people to be like him. He created gender. Male and female. This is a very useful principle, to say the least. Effective and happy family life depends on an inner acknowledgement of this. My experience shows the truth of it. Grandsons are very different from raising my family of girls. I really know little about the process in comparison; I’m not an authority on boys!

Getting along with husbands (of any age) is made a lot less contentious if this principle is kept in the forefront. We’re different but connected. Joined together, blessed; commissioned to oversee the creation together; we are all “Man,” yet the gap in gender is still there. Psychologists have now documented how different we are. It pays to remember this as you seek to get along with your husband or raise your boys and girls.

This principle is also useful in seeking to know God and his ways. The Bible is so into his sovereignty in creating and in ruling and in salvation. He planned all along to bring a Savior, he created the world and the universe for his own glory, he rules among the nations and the rise and fall of each; he works things out, limits and controls, even the evil of men and our own stupidity.

If we acknowledge his creation of us as male and female to be partners in subduing his creation and raising families for his glory, we work out our daily responses to family and others and events in a manner more consistent with God’s intent. The catch is to think about it, remember it in spite of our busyness and constant intake of data. The comfort comes from acknowledging his sovereighty and his mercy and goodness at the same time. Staying balanced that way.

“Male and female, he created them…” How does this affect how you think, what you believe, how you act today?

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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