Sunday, March 10, 2013

So What's The Big Deal About Marriage?

Marriage is under attack today like no other time in history.  As state after state puts forth legislation to redefine marriage as no longer between one man and one woman, it's important to know how God views marriage.

The reason marriage is fully under attack is that if Satan can paint marriage as difficult, painful and doomed to failure - if he can deceive some into believing that men and women are incompatible, then he has succeeded in putting a foul taste in our mouths for a relationship with the God of Heaven who has chosen us as his bride.

I am the only female in a house of five males and my six year old son asked me a funny question the other day.  He said, "Mom, what would happen if the whole world was 'boys only'?"  I said, "Well, life on earth would end in less than 100 years, because there would be no women to have babies and so the earth would become desolate when the last man died."  He said, "Oh, I never thought of that."

Did you know that the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation is about marriage - marriage between a man and a woman.  In the Old Testament, Israel is depicted as God's bride.  He made a marriage covenant with Israel saying if you will agree, I will be yours and you will be mine.  Is. 54:5  says that God is Israel's husband.  In fact, the whole book of Song of Songs is about God (the husband) and His beloved, Israel.

For your Maker is your husband - the Lord Almighty is his name. Isaiah 54:5
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.  Isaiah 62:5
"Return, faithless people", declares the Lord, "for I am your husband."  Jeremiah 3:14

Author and preacher, Perry Stone, said it well, "The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed."  So, if the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed, then we know that the New Testament is also a picture of marriage.  There are two parallel stories running through Scripture.  God uses the story of Israel in the Old Testament to foreshadow the story of the church in the New Testament.  Israel is the bride of God, while the church (worldwide) is the bride of Christ.

From the ancient days of Abraham up to the present time, God is painting a picture of a bride and a groom and their wedding.  There are stages in a wedding from the engagement (betrothal) to the wedding feast.  Some of these events have already taken place in the course of Israel's history and in church history, some have yet to happen.  For the Church of Jesus Christ, our marriage has not been consummated   We are still in the betrothal stage waiting for our bridegroom to come and get us.

God's whole message throughout Scripture is about marriage.  That is the story and the illustration He chose to show us how much he loves us and desires to have a relationship with us.  It is just like our enemy, Satan, to wage an all-out war on marriage - to destroy the story and the illustration.  God defined marriage when he created Adam and Eve - not Adam and Steve.  Who are we to re-define what God created?  Only God has the right to define what He has created.  He is the author and illustrator - the final authority.

Revelation 19: 7-10
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.  Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)  Then the angel said to me, "write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!"

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have a battle before us on two fronts:  1)  the battle for marriage in our nation and 2)  the battle for marriage in our homes.  We can be sure of this - that God is for marriage!  He desires for your marriage to be a beautiful illustration of His love for his bride.  If your marriage is feeling hopeless, don't give up my friend, God is for you not against you.  Please read my post  You Gotta Have Hope.

The Spirit and the Bride say "Come!" Rev. 22:17


A Prayer for you:
Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, you have made man and woman in your image.  You have ordained marriage as the story and illustration of your relationship with us.  There is an enemy who is out to destroy my marriage and the marriages of my countrymen.  Show me, Father, what true marriage is supposed to look like.  Soften my heart towards my spouse that I may freely forgive him and love him as you have forgiven and loved me.  Restore what has been broken so that it will bring glory to your name.  In the name of Jesus, my savior, Amen!


Grace and Peace be yours in abundance today!