A Fantastic Family Foundation (2 of 9) by Jerry Vines

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A Fantastic Family Foundation (2 of 9)
Series: Fantastic Families
Jerry Vines
Psalm 127:1, Genesis 2

You may say your family has already gone, just you and the wife left at home. But you still have family. The things I am going to talk about will apply whether you have children or not. These things will apply if you are alone.

We are going to look at Genesis 2 and talk about a fantastic family foundation, a real foundation upon which to have a strong family. Before we look specifically at these verses, I want you to turn to Psalm 127, verse 1. I think this verse will prepare the way for what I want to say this morning. This chapter is a chapter about family and the importance of family and the importance of children in the family. It begins by saying, ''Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen wait but in vain.''

Psalm 127 is in a series of psalms which bears the subscription ''A Song of Degrees.'' There are 15 of them right in the middle of the book of Psalms. It is interesting to me that the middle of the songs of degrees is a psalm that has to do with the family. I think it reminds us of the centrality of the family and the importance of the family.

You and I know that a nation is only as strong as the families that make up that nation. So it is important to see the centrality of the way that psalm is placed.

Another thing I noticed as I looked through these songs of degrees is that most of them just say a song of degrees. But four of these psalms say a song of degrees of David, indicating that perhaps David is the one who wrote that psalm. But when you come to this psalm there is a difference as well. It says at the beginning of that psalm, ''A Song of Degrees for Solomon.'' I think that is important also. Then it begins by saying, ''Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.''

As you know from your Bible history, Solomon was the great king of the ...

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