GOD’S STORY part 63 Family

What is something vitally important to the LORD GOD? Family.


Genesis 9:18-19

“Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.”

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

World Population

Mankind (men, women and children) was re-started after the flood through Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives.

Through Shem, Ham and Japheth sprang the semites and orientals, the caucasians, the negroes.

This variety has been both a blessing and has provoked issues throughout history. You LORD love variety; sadly, mankind has exploited one people group, putting them in submission to the others. More to this in later posts…


The focus for us today is GOD’s structure of family, which brings comfort, strength, unity.

When GOD puts us in families, He does so in order to echo His ideal structure for mankind with a head (father), comfort (mother) and joy (children).

The Hebrews and Israelites were set in families, the model for society. How many times are the tribes identified and organised in Bible text? How much emphasis does GOD put upon the family in the context of His raising up the Jewish nation? David was son of Jesse. The book of Matthew gives the extensive genealogy of Jesus. 

Family is so vitally important to man that GOD sets us in families within the structure of the Church of Believers today. Jesus says those who obey and follow His father are His family,

“For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)

And to assure us blood family is important too, He remembers His own mother when He’s on the cross,

“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26)

We all need family

GOD sets us in families.

He made us to live in families.

He makes for us families where there is no family.

He began this in Adam and Eve. He maintained it through Noah and his family. He continues it today.

If you are part of an earthly family, that is good. If you are a part of a fellowship family, that is vital. “No man is an island,” wrote John Donne. If you need family, pray and ask GOD where you need to go, how you need to open up, what you can do to bring family to yourself and offer yourself to family.

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND (John Donne, 1624)

“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.”

Every blessing,


Preparing the Bride of Jesus Christ


What is family?

In the Kingdom of GOD we are a family of believers, as Matthew 12:50 says, “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

In the world, we have blood relatives which is the traditional definition of “family”.

In our hearts, we have close friends, special colleagues, neighbours whom we may call “family”.

Family is so valuable and important to the human being. We are made for relationship and family. “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18)

Family, I will define as those with whom there is a special bond: be it spiritual, physical, or interpersonal. Whichever way you define it, family is vital to our happiness and to our quality of life.

What of Evangelism 

In our sphere of influence, we will consider our family as those closest to us and therefore most important to us. If they know Jesus we want them to grow, right? And if they do not, don’t we want them to discover Jesus for themselves?

So, why is it so important and yet often so difficult to speak of our Lord casually and naturally to our family members? Why is it difficult to discuss the “elephant in the room” with blood relatives who know what we believe but show no interest?

We need to practise balance in our witness

I am not an evangelist by calling, but like all of us who know Jesus, am called to “And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.” (Mark 16:10)

Can we season our conversation with salt: not too much or it loses its natural flavour, and not too little for the food we offer will not be preserved.

A Prayer

Father, we pray for our families, that those on our hearts will grow, discovering more and more about the truth of Jesus: of who He is and His love, power and might, and that those who do not yet know Him personally, that you will draw them to you until they surrender and discover the peace, love, joy, contentment and truth of the only salvation available.

In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.