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Monday, May 13, 2019

Hummingbird (photo by Doris High)
(photo by Doris High)

"God's Pattern"
Male And Female He Created Them

Note 1: The Bible speaks of "little members" in regard to our body parts, "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things" (James 3:5). Saturday I was working in my backyard and got a big splinter in my left hand near my index finger. It sure makes me realize how important that "little member" is! It's very hard to type the message today.

Note 2: This week's series may be offensive to some who have rejected God's revealed pattern and bought into worldly philosophies.

Message summary: It's vitally important to know God's pattern and contend earnestly for it. At creation we read that "male and female He (God) created them". This reality is not only observed by outward physical characteristics but even at the DNA level.

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"Male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

joint painWhen I first started writing these Daily Encouragement messages in 1996 I was 42 years old. Now Brooksyne and I are both in our sixties and experiencing a few things that go along with aspects of aging! We now have an increase in aches and pains, a common characteristic of those in our age bracket. Our parents often said how hard it was getting older but, not being able to identify with them at the time, we just nodded in agreement as though we did understand!

First flightIn our lifetime the world has changed a lot which was also the experience for our parents, grandparents and each generation before. Technology advances in each generation, although in the last 100 years the pace has rapidly increased. My grandfather was alive for man's first flight at Kitty Hawk and lived to see the moon landings.

Boom boxRemember how unusual it looked when you first saw someone out on their porch talking on a cordless phone in the 80's! Now you see people talking or you find yourself talking on phones everywhere. We still remember shopping for our first boom box which seemed so new and cool at the time. Imagine how cool you would look carrying one of those on your shoulders these days as you strut along Main Street USA!

But in our lifetime, especially the last twenty years, we have seen other changes in a much more fundamental way. A popular faddish academic concept that many now subscribe to is "social construct", which essentially asserts that something exists not in objective reality, but as a result of human interaction. Some aspects of this make sense like, why does a piece of paper (money) have value? Because we as humans have assigned it value. It doesn't mean a thing to our dogs!

However the social construct concept is now used to justify a rejection of God's fundamental patterns as expressed at Creation and taught all through the Bible. Issues like sexuality, marriage, and children are all being redefined. It's likely that one subscribing to an evolutionary model sees people as nothing more than products of blind chance which is a logical consequence.

I was preparing a Mother's Day message for today which we will share later this week when I came across this news clip: "In Australia a primary school renamed its Mother's Day in case it offends children who don't have a mom. The principal explained, 'I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognize that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world.'"

This madness is explained by a progressive website: "The notion that both sex and gender are binary, with everyone fitting into either a male or female box, is a social construct." Of course this new understanding violates not only basic biology but God's pattern from the beginning that "male and female He created them".

Everyone has a mother. She may or may not be a "good" mother. She may or may not currently be in the child's life. But everyone has a mother. Unless some sinister medical experiment has advanced to the point of creating human life without one, which is probably being worked on even as you read this message.

It's vitally important to know God's pattern and contend earnestly for it. At creation we read that "male and female He (God) created them". This reality is not only observed by outward physical characteristics but even at the DNA level.

Today let us acknowledge and rejoice in the excellency of God's created pattern, along with the characteristics complimentary to His creation, which he described as "very good".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as followers of Christ, we look to the Bible for guidance, for wisdom, and for our origins. In Genesis You said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So You created mankind in Your own image, male and female You created them." We celebrate and give thanks for these bodies of ours that are made for Your purpose, in Your image, and for Your glory. May we honor You by unashamedly upholding Your Scriptural pattern as the world embraces godless sexual deviations that defile Your original design. In the name of Jesus help us we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Total Praise/It Is Well"   Video  Calvary Church Choir and Orchestra from yesterday's service.

Happy Mother's Day video tribute  Brooksyne's note: This is a wonderful video used in our church service yesterday honoring mothers, those who struggle with infertility, those whose child has died and other aspects of motherhood. It also honors women who become spiritual mothers to those whose experience with their birth mothers brings only sadness. I believe it will be a blessing to you or someone else who might benefit.

For further study on today's topic:

What About Intersexuality? A very helpful perspective from Focus On The Family on a very rare biological condition some are born with.

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