Set Your House in Order

Introduction:

My grandmother used to say, “There is a place for everything, and everything has its place.  Some things are easily notice when they are out of order.  For instance, if you came to my house and find the spare tire from my car in my living room, and the cat in my easy chair watching television, while I lay on the floor, you would think that things are out of place.  This is an easy simple problem to solve.  First, I need to put the spare tire in the car where it belongs, get me a broom and move that cat out of my easy chair, when the cat return to the floor where it belongs, I get back into my easy chair and start watching television.  Unfortunately, it takes a lot more to put some houses in order.

In Isaiah 38:1 & 2 Kings 20:1-5 God gave King Hezekiah a warning, “Set your House in Order, for thou shall surely die. Let me explain:  the most common use of the word house means a dwelling place.  And there are two types of dwelling places, (1) the physical in which we live with our families.  (2) The human body where our soul, spirit and Holy Spirit dwells. 

Part 1 Physical Dwelling Place:

The Bible gives us a first hand look at what can happen when a man’s house is out of order.  In Genesis chapter two God made a perfect man, took one of his ribs and made a perfect woman.  In Genesis chapter three he placed them in a perfect a perfect environment, called the Garden of Eden.  There were no liquor stills, beer houses, drug pushers, no prostitution, nor were there any hard work. And on top of all this God himself would come in the cool of the day and talk with them.  It seems like a perfect place to live a sinless life.

There was one thing in that garden that caused Adam and Eve house to be thrown out of order; the serpent that old devil.  The devil started a conversation with Eve, convinces her to eat from the tree that God commanded them not to eat from; she also gave fruit to her husband Adam and he ate.  From that point forward Adam’s house was out of order physically and spiritually.  When God came of the scene he found Adam and Eve hiding in the garden.  When God question Adam as to why he was hiding, he said “because I was naked”.  God asked him who told you that you were naked?  Have you eaten from the tree that I told you not to eat?  Adam shifted the blame to Eve, “that woman that you gave me, she gave me and I did eat.”  God questioned Eve, she said the serpent tricked me. 

God set things in order: he said to Eve, “in pain you will bare children, your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.  Then God said to Adam, “because you listen to your wife Eve and disobeyed me, you will work hard all the days of your life.”  This is where some will differ with me, and say that God intended to man and woman to be co-equals in the leadership role in the home. 

No God said what he means, and he means what he says.  Anything with two heads belongs in the circus.  God gave man the leadership authority, but that authority is bully or trample over his wife.  The Bible said man is to love his wife as Christ love the church.  And you know that story, Christ love the church so much that he gave his life for it. 

 

Part 2 Spiritual Dwelling Place:  (Coming Soon)