Belonging to a Family


Grunge singer Kurt Cobain had reached world fame when he put a shotgun under his chin. Grunge music in the 1990s was a revival of punk that, in the words of one music commentator, is “the glorification of powerless, soulless despair and nihilistic perversity.” Nihilism is the ultimate in despair, in which there is no hope, no future, no meaning, no values, no purpose, no God. Everything is absurd. Nihilism is a view of life that tries to smash any idea of values. In his suicide note Cobain said, “Since the age of seven I’ve become hateful of all humans in general.” That was when his parents split. How important family stability is for the nurture of children!

How does Jesus define marriage, its origin and permanence?

Matthew 19:4-6 “At the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.’”

What is one of the purposes and privilege of marriage?

Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth.’”

How does Paul emphasise the promise in the fifth commandment?

Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

‘Honour your father and mother’— which is the first commandment with a promise— ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’”

What two things does Moses link together?

Leviticus 19:3 “Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God.”

It’s significant that these are the two positive commandments of the 10.

The first four focus on our relationship with God, hinging on the fourth, which tells us why we should worship and put God first—because He is our Creator. The last six focus on our interaction with each other, hinging on the fifth, which emphasises the importance of family relationships where we learn to relate to others.

Marriage and the family form the basis of society. Jesus’ summary is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

How does Paul also imply that the fifth commandment applies to parents to be worthy of respect?

Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead,

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