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The creation of marriage 10/07/2012
Dear friends, prayerfully today, we are going to share from the beginning of the Bible, from the book of Genesis, from Genesis 1:1 through Genesis 2:25. We might liken this unto a Sunday School lesson as it this account is familir to near all people. Today we want to think about the wonderful institution of marriage, the covenant of marriage that God created for all humanity's blessing and benefit. To properly understand marriage, it is necessary to begin at the beginning......


KJV Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.



6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.


9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.


All this was done so that we could mark and tell time. Now creation moves to a different aspect, the aspect of Life!!

What happened when God made life? This book is very much dedicated to the aspect of reproduction, and He blesses reproduction. All life that God has created is intended to reproduce and it all works very well, for He has made all life to reproduce. Trees and animals. Trees reproduce apples, animals reproduce!!

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.


24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The human here is reflected as in the image (likeness) of God.

The animals cannot talk, they are bent on survival. Animals are not wired to have a conversation with us. The human being is a reflection of God, God can converse with the human being, we can look face to face with God. No other being can operate as a reflection of God. He made us to be reflective, and He made us as male and female. The male and the female reproduce, which is divine. The union of sexual intercourse is divine and ultimately it is worship. From the male and the female come beings that are in the image of God. When we reproduce, we are reproduceing the image of God, we are creating life. And this life has oversight over the rest of life. These little overseers are brought into being to have oversight over the lesser creations.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

We eat the fruit, throw out the pit. The fruit is protecting the fruit so that the reproduction will continue in the future. Of course we cannot eat the pit, for that would be pretty hard, but yet the pit is what brings forth the next peach tree. We are given these things, the fruit, so that we will enjoy life and the pit, so that future generations will enjoy life from God.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.



We are now going to skip to the 18th verse of the 2nd chapter and pick up the account where Eve was created.

Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him

This is the only not good thing that is spoken of here, He does not say it is evil, but that it is not good. Something is missing here, so He made woman as a co-sustainer, for they will function together, from them will come life, the cycle of life, co-sustainers of human life. They are put together as human in oneness.

19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

God brought all the animals before Adam, but there was not found a co-sustainer found in them. Adam could not find a co sustainer among all the animals, even tho he could find a helper. No one but the female could complete the male and become the human. The human named all the animals and then God acted.

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

God made woman so that she and man would fit together. He buildther and fashioned her into a woman. He brought her unto the man. He presented her to the man, even as the father of the bride brings his daughter to her husband to be. God is the first presenter of the woman to the man, so that together they will be co-sustainers.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Adam is quoted as he speaks for the first time being that there is someone to talk to.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave (be united) unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

A man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined, united, married, wedded..A man is done with his father and mother, and he goes to his wife and he is joined to her, for she is a co-sustainer. And when the two are joined because their plumbing fits, they become one flesh and one being. They are one, even though they are separate, when they are joined together in the union, there are more of them created. It it not good that male is alone, God is telling them that for the males it was not good to be alone, for they need to have a cosustainer, for this is the way that God wants it.

Now there is an important thing. There is no shame in this ideal state, they are naked and not ashamed.



1. God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, therefore He created woman as one that is suitable for man, or corresponding to, 2:18

2. None of the animals were suitable to be co sustainers of man. 2:20

3. God created woman out of man 2:21

4. God brought woman to man 2:22

5. Adam affirmed by speaking that woman was created out of man 2:23

6. In marriage a man leaves his parents and is to be joined unto his wife so that they become one 2:24

7. Within this union of oneness in marriage, there is no shame, but shared openness, honesty, and pleasure.


Marriage is one life is shared together to the point that there is only one life. That is what it means to become one flesh, ie to share one life experience together. All that I am and all that I have belong to you.

It is not that when we get married that we become one flesh, but it is a promise that we are making, a moral duty that we are taking on. It is an ongoing experience that we work on and as we yield to true love, we will come closer together as we grow in our marriage. As hard as marriage can be, yet it is rewarding because we what we are promising to one another meets our deepest needs. No other human will be as important to us as our spouse.

Sexuality is a natural language which communicates to another that I am making a commitment to another by sharing of one's most intimate part of ones body. Hooking up (casual sex) or having sexual intercourse outside of marriage is lying to another because we are using them for personal gain.

Sexual relationships have boundaries that must be kept within the marriage. We are made with a powerful built in desire that must be kept within bounds as God has set them and, He has done for our protection and blessing.


Lastly, but briefly, we share the words that Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, which concern the relationship between husband and wife and Christ and the church. There would be much much to be said about this, as well as of the emphasis in the Old Testament that God was the husband of His people (see verse below) and they were the bride. Sticking to the New Testament, we know that Christ is the bridegroom and that we are the bride and with the following verses we come to the close of this meditation in His Word.

Isaiah 54;5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Ephesians 5:31 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.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

May He bless our meditations in His Word this day and always....

Together in Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 07 Oct 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
True Greatness: Mark 9:33-37 9/30/2012


33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

ESV Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
3 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

On the way to the next town of Capernaum, the disciples, now all twelve of them, were discussing/arguing a question that had arose amongst them concerning who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Let us think a little about this question as to why it could have come up. We know from previous scripture accounts that Jesus had included three of the disciples, Peter, James and John in the raising of the ruler's daughter (Mark 5:37) and He had taken only those three up on the mountain where He was transfigured. Also, Peter had been the one to go to the sea to get the coin out of the mouth of the fish that Jesus had called to come to Peter. (Matthew 17:27)

It would have been an interesting discussion that was happening among the twelve, for the 3 who had come off of the mountain with Jesus were commanded not to say what they had seen and heard, they had come upon the other nine who had failed at casting out the deaf and dumb spirit out of the boy and had seen Jesus cast out the evil spirit. Was there a tension between them that threatened to separate them because of envy, jealousy, pride and hatred? Was there a sense of one upmanship with the 3 as they looked on their being with the Master and as they looked on the 9 in their failure? Was there a sense of envy, jealousy and hatred with the 9 as they looked at their failure and at the 3 who were "teacher's pet?" We don't know for sure, but through life's experience we know that these could be possiblities as to why they asked the question of who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Putting the two Gospels together, we could say that perhaps, Jesus, knowing their thoughts, asked them what they were talking about that they came to him with the question (Matthew 18:1). Jesus began to answer them with words and then by putting a child in front of them. In our text from Mark, He not only put a child before them, but is says that He took the child in His arms...He loves children, He loves all His created children, all of them. .Is not this how it is for us in our day, that when we are troubled in our flesh that the Spirit comes with a question into our heart and it is only when we ask of the Word that we are able to recieive counsel and correction as to the right path? Yes, there is a similarity between then and now. Let us ask of Him by the Spirit and the Word....Jesus now gives the answer to them.


He (Matthew 18:2-3) says to them: "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

KJV Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

As we wrote earlier, Jesus spoke to them, and in Mark's gospel it is recorded that He sat down in order to teach them. We can relate to this aspect of teaching today, for when we have had need of being counseled one has been asked to sit down in order to be instructed by a teacher who is also sitting down. He did not rebuke them for their question of who is the greatest, as they to this point did not understand that greatness was in loving and serving, but he pointed to the condition of greatness: "You must be last of all and servant of all." We who live today can easily see that Jesus had spoken of His greatness earlier in the day when He had told them that "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise." But they did not as of yet understand what He was about.

So why did Jesus take a child in His arms? He answers that for us, when He says that we must humble ourselves as the little child. What is it to be humble like a child? It is to be dependent on one's parents for there is no way that we can take care of ourselves. This is what Jesus is saying, when we are dependent on Him, we are great in His sight. That is it, it is not complicated at all, but it is impossible for our human pride to ever allow another to take care of us. The is the first condition of greatness....He continues on with another ingredient of greatness in his kingdom.

Jesus moves from our attitude of humility toward him/dependence on Him to our attitude towards the children that we are to care for. As He is holding the child in His embrace of love, He continues on to say that "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."

What is He saying to us? What does it mean to receive a child? What does it mean to receive a child in "my name?" To receive a child would be to care for its needs, for it is not able to care for itself. And could we not broaden that to include anyone who is not able to care for themselves?

To receive such a child in 'my name" would be to recognize that each child/human being is made in the image of God and is to be respected and cared for. This is first of all to be done within the household of faith, but it is not limited to them only. This is greatness, to care for the other. For He goes on to say that when we care for a little child such as the one He is embracing, we are caring for Him as well as that we are caring for His Father. We are caring for God when we care about a little child..................or someone who needs our help.

Jesus gives further teaching on what His teaching here in our text in the 25th chapter of Matthew's Gospel.

1 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?'
40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,1 you did it to me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.'
44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?'
45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'
46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

In particular, let us notice verse 40: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me."

Now we have heard from the Lord today concerning what is true greatness. First of all it is admitting that we cannot take care of ourselves and we need the Lord to take care of us. Secondly, we understand that having come to this realization of our dependence on Him, we are to demonstrate this care to those who need us to take care of them. In the 25th chapter of Matthew, we see that there were those who were hungry, those who were thirsty, those who were in need of visiting, those who are in prison, those who are in need of clothing and those who are in need of healing and those who are in prison.

As we think on our dependence on the Lord today and of His abundant care and provision for us, are there those that you are aware of who are in need of our care today? If you are able to take care of this need by yourself, please do so. But if this care would require more of us to be involved, please share this information with me so that we can together serve this need. There are many many people who are in need of our care.

This week I have been approached by a family that in the past we have cared for, but yet which still needs our care. At my request, this family has provided me with a list of things that they have need of. The list includes:

"Towels, wash rags, area rugs, dishes, pots and pans, blankets, lights, cleaning supplies, broom and any other household supplies that you can think of. All our money is gone for rent and the deposit, so any gift cards would be appreciated."

Also, you may contact me on the website at kingstonalc.com if you so wish to help this family in their need. There is a list at the back of the church on which you could describe any items that you would wish to give to the Engman's.

Let us pray.

Lord, you have demonstrated true greatness to us through serving us for our salvation by your coming to earth, you gave yourself for us as payment for our sins, you have arose from the dead, you have ascended to heaven, you have called us to repentance and faith and you have given us your Holy Spirit as a gift unto us. You now live in us and through us, so that our life is yours. Lord, we are entirely dependent upon you for everything, you are faithful to your promises in that you have provided and will provide everything that we need. Lord, we are like little children, dependent on you for all these things. Lord, we trust you for our future. On this basis, Lord help us to care for others around us so that they may be cared for as an extension of your care. May it be, Lord, that through the outpouring of love for those in need in practical ways, that they would come to see your love for them through us.

Dear Father, help us to serve first of all the children in our own congregation, to care for their souls, by praying for them, by presenting ourselves as a mentor or teacher, and by learning from their example of dependence on you.

Lord, we pray for Dale Huro today, as he waits upon you for your healing in his body. Lord, through this trial in his life, may his need be met by the caring hearts and lives of those in whom you live. Lord, we hurt for him, move us Lord to care for people like Dale. Lift him his eyes up to heaven, from where all help comes from.

And Father, our Father, we pray for Andy, for Erica, and Payslea Engman, who are in need. Father, your storehouse of provision has no limits, but you send it through those who are connected in Spirit with you.
Lord, most of us do not know what it is to be homeless, but they do. Lord, we know there are many more like the Engman's who need to be served by people such as ourselves. Lord, would it be possible for you to bring some more of them to us? We love you, we are dependent on you, and may it be that we could be vessels of blessing for others so that they would see you in us and they would come to know Jesus as their Saviour.


Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us1 that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

In Christ we are one,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 30 Sep 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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