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The Value of the Family

Proverbs 15:1-6

"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent. In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."


"Home." What a wonderful word! When you are away from home, the word itself will cause you to experience different emotions. I believe God intended for man to love his home. When one leaves or loses his home and becomes a wanderer, it seems that most will end his years with a wasted life.

Every type of home is seen in the Bible. God lets us see a man who lost his home in Cain, driven away because of sin. He lets us see a man who left his home in Abraham. Why? His dedication to God. Again we see a man who loved his home in Hosea. He desperately tries to save it. Again a man who longed for home in the prodigal. He was a disobedient son. I'm sure the reader can and will think of others.

In the writings of Solomon, we see how this man of wisdom saw different things. In Ecclesiastes he learns from mistakes. "All is vanity." In the Song of Solomon ... love in marriage. "I am my beloved*s and my beloved is mine." In the Proverbs ... lessons of magnitude in the area of the home, human heart, and the house of God.

Our comments now will be centered on our text verse, Proverbs 15:6, one of the many places that treasures can be found in God*s Word. "In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble."

A treasure is something to be guarded. All treasure is not gold or silver or even material things at all. I think the earthly home, humble and happy, is the greatest treasure a person can own on this earth while waiting for the eternal home, prepared for us in Heaven, who love the Lord Jesus and our Heavenly Father.

Notice in our text verse the contrast between "treasure" and "revenues." One is said to be in the house of the righteous while the other belongs to the wicked. One is treasure, the other revenues. I think what we are to see here is that there is a great difference in gold, silver, stocks, bonds, etc., and the real treasures that can only be realized by the ones who God calls righteous. Those who put their trust in revenues are called wicked.

Solomon had other things to say concerning this matter. Proverbs 23:4-5: "Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Earthly treasure can easily be lost. As swiftly as an eagle soars into Heaven, so can earthly treasures be lost and gone forever.

 Let no one misunderstand our intentions here concerning the material things owned by God*s people. I think God wants us to "prosper and be in health." The Lord does not care how much we may possess here on earth as long as it does not possess us. Many cannot control their actions or attitudes when in control of great amounts of money. Few, through the years, have been trusted with exceeding great abundance of money to be used in the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Just because we do not have monetary wealth does not mean we are without treasures as we have tried to show in other writings in this book. So many Scriptures draw our attention to this great truth. Philippians 4:11:

"Not that I speak in respect of want:for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." I Timothy 6:6-8: "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." Luke 12:15: "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:

for a man*s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." Proverbs 10:22: "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it."

Now a word from God concerning those who trust in riches ... I Timothy 6:17-19: "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communtcate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life."

Now we will look at "Treasures in the home of the righteous," or "Treasures in the home of those who are right in the sight of God," made righteous through the righteousness of Jesus Christ through faith.

I. The Companion in Bible Principles

II. The Children as the Believer's Privilege

III. The Christ in Blessed Presence

IV. The Covering as Blood Protection

I. The Companion who practices Bible Principles. God never, at any time, tells man to set up his own methods of life in the home, human government or the House of God. The Bible is very plain as to the way God desires them to function.

In the home of the righteous, or the Christian home, the companion who practices Bible principles, plainly presented in the Word of God, is a treasure to the other. First, there is the Bible principle for the husband. He is to have:

1. A Sacrificial Love for His Wife and Family.

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it."

God has so created woman that she needs assuring love from her husband. So does the church need the assuring love of Jesus Christ. This is the reason for so many Scriptures that teach the security of the Believer.

Notice in this verse the word "even." "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it." Has there ever been a greater sacrifice than His at Calvary? He loved the church, His bride, so much that He, without reservation, freely gave Himself up to die for her.

 "0, what love, what matchless love,

That Jesus showed for me.

When on the cross He gave His life,

That He might purchase me.

For you, for me, and countless ones,

They pierced His blessed side.

The fountain opened wide that day,

The day He chose His Bride.

"0, what love, what matchless love,

He now reveals to me.

For every time I hear His Word,

I know love‘s keeping me.

A love that shatters all my doubt,

And casts away my fears.

A love that's kept us safe thus far,

And will through endless years.

C.L. Roach

Men, husbands have through the years tried to assure their wives of their love by purchasing things. As needful as they are in a home, they will never take the place of a sincere, sacrificial love shown to a wife. Few men would be found "not guilty" if charged with a lack of expressed love not with just working and providing, but with words personally, assuring again our love for our bride.

Ephesians 5:27 is a marvelous verse with a truth we need desperately to see. Christ desires to present Himself a glorious church one day. One place He says, "Not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." I think He will do this without doubt. The word "holy" here simply means "to be different." Each thing He desires for His Church or bride is meaningful. "No spot" means "without blemish." There is a wonderful truth in the thought "or wrinkle" not "wrinkles," but not even ONE wrinkle!

In the Bible days when choosing a bride, the parents had much to do with selecting her. They did not even consider one who had even one wrinkle on her face. The wrinkle, to them, was a sign of worry or lack of faith. The son was to have a bride that was as near to perfect as they could find. So has God the Father been pleased to choose the church. She is different; she is the bride who does not live by fear and doubt, but with the blessed assurance of His eternal love. There will be no wrinkle of worry on the face of the church, the Bride of Christ, when the Wedding takes place. As Christ assures the church of His love, so should the husband be willing to show the same sacrificial love for his wife, even to giving his life for her, to protect her from all harm, and to keep her free from worry.

2. A Submitting Love for the Husband

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing" (Ephesians 5:22-24).

These verses simply picture the divine order given by God for the family; a sacrificial love by the husband and a submitting love by the wife. No where does the Bible teach a hard, cold lordship of man over woman. When two are married, they become one. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh" (Ephesians 5:31).

From the moment of marriage the two are made one and are to practice togetherness. A wise husband and wife will soon realize the word "mine" is to be used less and less until the word "ours" takes its place.

There are several things man and woman should be together in. First, together in name. Many never stop to think as to why the woman takes the man's name in marriage. Most never think of the first man and woman who made up the first marriage in this respect. Should you ask one hundred people what was the name of the first man and woman when first brought together by God Himself, few would know. Her name, Eve, is not mentioned at all until the fall. Until the fall she was recognized as Adam's helpmeet, woman, bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. Now she will be called "Eve" because through woman would come the "life-giver" or "living one," the Saviour of fallen man, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, virgin born, without sin and without an earthly father.

I believe it is God's will for woman to take her husband*s name today. She should be happy to do this because "the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church." It would be a terrible sin against our Saviour if we were ashamed to be called by His Name. All who belong to Christ should feel it a great honor to be called "a Christian."

Second, together in nature. The longer a man and woman live as man and wife, the more they begin to think alike. Many times I have been thinking a certain thing when my wife will mention exactly what I was thinking. More and more we think alike. So it is with the Christian. Day by day we should think His thoughts. Our desires ought to be the same as His.

From the beginning Satan has attacked the home. He has destroyed the home of saints and sinners alike since the Garden of Eden. Our present day is no exception. Many Christian workers are feeling the pressure of Satan in their own homes and in the homes of their children.

As I think on this subject, I realize that God not only gave us a secure home in Heaven or eternity, but He also wants us to have a secure home here on earth. Can that really be? Yes, if we follow the Bible principles for the home.

In the Song of Solomon there is a verse that truly should picture the home of a Christian couple. "The beams of our house are cedar and the rafters are fir" (Song of Solomon 1:17). In this verse I see: The timbers on which the home was built. The cedar beams. The togetherness of the home. The word "our." The time expected for the home to stand. The tree that gave the wood for construction. The cedar tree.

Always in the Scripture the cedar tree pictures the Lord Jesus Christ. A study of all the trees is most profitable to any Bible student. The cedar was called "the eternal wood" in Bible days. These cedars were tall and straight, strong and durable. Some were 2,000 years old. No worm would or could cause it to decay.

Even after it was cut down, it still had a fragrance that filled the house. These homes were built then with the thought of something never ending. The cedar tree was everything to those who used it for their homes. So much and more is Jesus Christ to our earthly home*s foundation. His strength can and will hold our homes secure. His fragrance will fill our years of marriage.

To test the BEAMS of any house, all you must do is:

B Bible Principles Applied

1. Father Ephesians 5:26-33

2. Wife Ephesians 5:22

3. Children Ephesians 6:1-3

E Everyday Problems That Come to All

1. With Companion

2. With Children

3. With Church

4. With Community

A Anger or Alcohol either will destroy a home. M Money Problems to the young and old.

M--Money problems-- to the young and old.

S--Sickness--especially to the older couples.

When the home is built on Jesus Christ, and when He is Lord of that home, it will stand the testing.

II. The Children Psalm 127:1-3: "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."

From these verses we clearly see that children are to be a blessing to the home. But many today and through the years have been blighted treasures to many parents.

Sometimes the parent is at fault as Psalm 127:1-2 teaches. Parents sometimes will not allow the Lord to build the house. Their carnal desires for position and possessions distract them from the responsibility of nurturing and bringing up children with Bible principles.

These verses picture a man who is a very hard worker. He is not lazy. He is building and is very alert as to his need for a watchman to protect his material interests. He rises early to get an early start of his building and stays up late trying to figure a more productive method. He knows the misery of sleepless nights. He is desperately trying to get ahead. He wants his children to have what he did not have as a child in material things. The sad thing is that this will never bring to the home what God intended for the home to enjoy. This is vanity. God says there is no profit in it. It would be better to have never had children than to only give them the material things of this world and neglect to give them Jesus Christ the Lord. Children can be seen in three categories:

First, Bringing Honor to the Lord in His House as Seen in Samuel. What a blessing it must have been to Hannah to see her son serving God in the temple of God. Her blessings could not be greater than those of a Christian mother or father today with children serving the Lord in His house, just taking their place among the many who serve Him with gladness. The Christian parent should pray first that their children come to a saving knowledge of Christ early in life and then continue on to serve Him faithfully in church. All these other things that are necessary in life will be added to them according to the words of Jesus Christ: "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Luke 12:31).

It is such a sad thing to see so many young people drift away from church after attending Sunday School and Worship Services all their lives. I suppose the most requested prayer from people I meet is for their wayward children.

Second, not only can children be seen in the House of God in service to Him, bringing honor to Him, but also Blessing the Home of Their Parents, as seen in Joseph and Benjamin. In some homes you can see and feel the peace of God where the children are saved and obedient to their parents. In other homes you can also feel the tension. The parents are not sure what the children will do or say in your presence.

From the many words of Jacob concerning his sons Joseph and Benjamin we can easily see that these sons must have been a great blessing to their dad. The others brought misery to this man for many years of his life.

Third, children can be seen Breaking the Hearts of Loving Parents. Has ever sadder words been uttered than the words of weeping David, king of Israel, a man after the heart of God, a conqueror of man and beast, yet he sees his son Absalom destroyed by sin. How often have I heard cries with the likeness of David's sad cry: "0 my son, Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!would God Ihad died for thee, 0 Absalom, my son, my son!" (II Samuel 18:33). How the heart of Adam and Eve must have suffered pain to see Cain driven away. How the heart of Samuel ached when none of his sons followed God. Many are the Christian homes this moment where sons and daughters are in sin serving the world, the flesh and the devil while the hearts of moms and dads are breaking.

Children can be a treasure to the home. God wants it that way. Christian parents want this treasure more than silver or gold. This treasure will never tarnish, but will bring forth dividends even in eternity. A companion and children are treasures.

Now the next treasure:

III. Christ in the Home

Luke 19:5: "And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down,Jor today I must abide at thy house."

By no means is Christ third in importance in the home. We are moving from Genesis to the Revelation and first there was the home. Then the children. Now the greatest treasure of all is having Christ in our hearts and in our homes. This treasure is still yet undiscovered by the multitudes.

In Luke 19 is the story of one who found great treasure as Christ came into his heart first, then He entered his home. In Zacchaeus we see: The Conversion of the Sinner. The account in Luke 19 is a striking picture of what happens when a sinner comes to know the Lord Jesus Christ. First, there was the TRIP Jesus made to Jericho. This pictures Jesus coming to the world. Verse 1: "And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho." So did He enter and pass through this world on His way to the cross. This was His last time in Jericho before He would die. If Zacchaeus was to meet Him, he must do it now. So it is with all sinners. "Today is the day of salvation." He will never appear again as Saviour to the world. His next appearing to the world will be as judge (Revelation 19:11-16).

Second, verses 2-3, the TROUBLED MAN. Like all who are saved, Zacchaeus had heard of Jesus. He had heard what Jesus had done, that He was passing through his city that day. His heart was troubled insomuch that he made a great effort to see Jesus. His heart was aware that he should see this Man. He would later know faith in Christ. He had heard of Him, now he comes to Him.

Third, the TREE where he met Jesus. Verse 4, a sycamore tree pictures the sinner in Scripture. Its fruit is no good, wood is not usable, it cannot endure a hard, cold winter*s judgment and its roots are so deep, it takes a great power to uproot one. Does not that picture the sinner who cannot bring forth good fruit, cannot be used while lost, doomed to the judgment of God? The sinner*s roots go back to Adam and only the power of grace can uproot one. It is still at a tree where sinners meet Jesus Christ, the tree of Calvary, where His blood was shed for the sin of the whole world. No one will ever walk on the golden street of Glory that did not come by the way of the cross.

Fourth, the THRILL that came to his heart. Jesus called him by name and said, "For today I must abide at thy house" (verses 5-6).

Fifth, verse 7, the TRUTH to this Hour. He still goes home to be a guest with sinners, only now they are sinners saved by grace.

Sixth, the TESTIMONY that Follows. What evidence that his heart has been changed (verse 8).

Seventh, the TEACHING of all the Bible. "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

We see Christ in the home in the conversion of the sinner and also we see Him in the home bringing: Comfort in time of Sorrow. In Luke 24:29, He enters the home of those who are filled with sorrow when it appears their hope is gone. In Matthew 9:18, the heartbeat of a daughter had stopped. "While he yet spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. "What sorrow in the heart of this ruler. In verses 23-26 we find Him in the home of this family filled with sorrow. You can count on Him. He will be there in time of discouragement and death. When the heart is burning or breaking, He has promised, "I will come unto you." Friends and loved ones are of great value in times like these. But Jesus in the home is a great treasure.

Jesus Christ is also seen in the home in a time of:  Cheerfulness with the Saints (John 12:1-3). Have you ever been in the presence of people who thought it was sinful to be happy or to have a merry heart? I am most miserable around such people. Some seem to think God made us all long faced and sad looking when He saved us. Not so, not so; we are to serve the Lord with gladness! A merry heart is compared to medicine in the Scriptures. How can we ever expect the Lord to make us happy in the house of God when we will not allow Him to make us cheerful at home? Some shout at church and sing happy songs. At home they pout and are sullen in their spirit. Christ wants to be in our homes to make us cheerful.

With these verses in John 12, there had to be a happy or cheerful spirit. Look at who was there. First, Lazarus was there who had been dead; I think he was happy about it. Mary and Martha had their brother back from the grave; I think they too, were very happy. Mark 14:3, telling of this supper, lets us know that Simon the Leper was there. Had he not been cleansed from his leprosy, he would have been cast outside the city, never to see home again. I think he, too, was probably very happy at this time. How could a crowd of people like this be sad? Lazarus, one raised from the dead; Mary, whom demons had held captive, was delivered; and Simon, who had a dreaded disease, was cleansed.

We should always praise God for the treasure of forgiveness that will bring us to Heaven, but never forget we also have a treasure in His fellowship that brings us happiness.

IV. Christ*s Blood Over Our House (Exodus 12).

The blood of the Passover Lamb was over the house of those who believed God*s Word concerning judgment and deliverance. Paul tells us clearly that "Christ is our Passover Lamb." Therefore, we in Christ Jesus, who are trusting His shed blood for our deliverance from the wrath of God have the same wonderful treasure these Hebrew slaves had that night in Egypt just before going out from Egypt, never to return.

You and I as blood bought saints have as they had, spiritual food to eat. They feasted on the Lamb; so do we.

They also had shoes to walk in freedom, no longer slaves; so do we. Their shoes did not wear out; neither will ours.

They had a staff to lean on to keep them from falling. We now have the Spirit of God to help us in our weaknesses. They had a Sure Promise from the Father. So do all the Redeemed have the same Sure Promise from God our Father, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." I wonder, does the reader enjoy all these treasures mentioned here? If not, you can for He is no respecter of persons, the Scriptures are clear; Romans 10:8-10: "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I Peter 1:18-21: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that our faith and hope might be in God."

The Home

The HOME is a gift from God's own hand.

We see it early when He made His plans.

The beasts, the fowl, and all the land

Received from God, given freely to man.

And from the Lord man received this wealth

But yet He saw man needing something else.

From man's heart God heard no song

And knew that man should not dwell alone.

So in a deep sleep He opened man's side

And from this rib would come man's bride;

Now man would not have to walk alone

Together they could build the very first HOME.

Evangelist- Powder Springs Georgia- USA


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