by David Cawston

In the Family
David Cawston
Hebrews 2:11


God created certain institutions. The First one was the family. Yet Jesus taught that His coming would break up the traditional family. Matt 10:34-36 34 ''Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn '''a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--

36 a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'(NIV)

Instead God would create a new family, the family of God! Matt 12:47-50 47 Someone told him, ''Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.'' 48 He replied to him, ''Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?'' 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, ''Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.''(NIV)

Eph 3:14-15
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. (NIV) After His resurrection he called his disciples now brethren.
John 20:17 17 Jesus said, ''Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'''

We are losing sight of the real meaning of family just as we have lost understanding of farming because we have moved away from an agricultural society. We are quickly moving away from traditional families because of the destruction of the traditional home.

In a Chicago Tribune article, entitled ''Piecing Together a Family Life Takes Serious Work, Douglas Kmiec reflects on the changes in family over recent generations: ''Families once supplied work on the farm or in the downstairs shop, passed on the faith in Bible study at table and routinely cared for the sick and elderly. Until the onset of the public school in the last cen ...

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