God Takes Marriage Seriously (Part 1 Back to the Word on Marriage)
In my introductory post, I mentioned that God takes marriage very seriously. Since God takes this covenant seriously, we too, should take it seriously. Before we dive into why God takes marriage seriously, we need to define the word “marriage.” I am somebody who likes to define words, because so often, there is more than one meaning to a word. Or, in a lot of cases, the word’s definition has been skewed by human opinion or cultural beliefs or practices.
Scripture clearly defines this word for us.
We see in Genesis 1 & 2 that God is the One who created marriage. We see emphatically in this passage of Scripture that God created marriage to be one man and one woman for life.
Jesus Himself in Mark 10 confirmed this truth.
“But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and will join to his wife, and the two will become one flesh, so that they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” - Mark 10:6-9
From Scripture therein, we have our definition.
Marriage - A sacred, covenant relationship created by God, to be comprised of one man and one woman for life.
Now that we have defined this word, let us examine the Scriptures to see why God takes this covenant so seriously.
There is a lot of depth that could be probed regarding why God takes marriage so seriously, yet my goal is to simply give the high-points, pointing back to God’s Word and the truth contained within its pages.
So let us begin.
God is incomprehensible. We can never fully understand Him or figure Him out. (Psalm 145:3, Romans 11:33-36, Job 26:14, Isaiah 55:8-9) He has given us revelation of Himself through creation and through His Word. He also reveals aspects of His character to us through the God-created institution of family.
(Romans 1:20, Psalm 19, Genesis 1-Revelation 22)
It bears repeating again, God is the one who created family. (Genesis 1:28, 2:18) Through the sacred institution of family, God teaches us about Himself and about ourselves. Marriage is a sacred covenant God has designed to give us a glimpse into His character. Yes, marriage is a blessing too, but ultimately, marriage was designed to give God glory and reflect His character to the world.
We know from the Old Testament, God often used husband and wife imagery to speak of His covenant with the Israelites. He called them out for their unfaithfulness to Him again and again, comparing them to being like an unfaithful wife. (Jeremiah 3, Ezekiel 16, Hosea 1:2, Hosea 2)
Yet, even in Israel’s unfaithfulness, we see the never-failing love, faithfulness and commitment of God to His people. He lovingly disciplined them and brought punishment upon them for their wickedness, but He did not forsake them. He always lovingly drew them back to Himself.
We also know from Scripture marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship to the Church. (Ephesians 5:22-33, 2 Corinthians 11:1-4, Revelation 19:6-9)
How did Christ love His Bride, the Church? Unto death, even death on the cross. Not only that, He died to Himself daily while on this earth. He chose to leave Heaven, to live among us. He came to serve, not be served. (Matthew 20:28) He loves the Church with committed, faithful, never-failing, never-ending love.
When marriage is treated flippantly, it is treating flippantly the sacred picture God has established to give us a glimpse into the greatness of His love and commitment to us who are believers.
Therein lies the reason Satan attacks marriages so hard and brutally. Because every godly marriage is a reminder to the world of Christ’s love for His Church.
Godly marriages point back to God and give Him glory. The committed love between a husband and wife reflects glory to God, as we demonstrate His unconditional love to a dying world in need of His salvation.
God is a promise-keeper. Those who enter into marriage, enter into a solemn covenant, promising to one another their total love and commitment for life. (This lifetime commitment starts long before one ever knows who one’s future spouse is. Commitment will be covered in a future blog post in this series.)
God takes His promises very seriously. He takes our promises seriously as well.
Godly marriages truly are the backbone of society. Godly marriages lead to godly families which lead to godly societies which lead to godly nations which lead to godly change in the world.
With that point mentioned, God also created marriage to be a safe and secure place where children could be raised up in the loving care of a family, with parents raising their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
A lack of godly marriages in a society lead to the crumbling of that society.
No wonder marriage is facing so much attack in our society and world!
God takes marriage seriously and so should we.
- God created marriage
- Marriage is a sacred covenant
- God takes His promises seriously and ours as well
- Marriage is a picture of Christ’s committed and faithful love for the Church
- Marriage was created to reflect God’s love and bring Him glory
- Godly marriages reflect glory back to God
- Marriage was created to be a secure and loving place for children to be raised
- Godly marriages are the backbone of society
So now that we have established why God takes marriage so seriously, there are some more words that need to be defined, with their meanings drawn out very clearly.
We shall examine them in our next post.
May God work in our hearts the reverent respect we should have toward marriage and the God who established it for His glory.
Part 2 - Two Words, Faithfulness & Commitment