The marriage idea is woven all through the pages of the Bible. God is all the time portrayed because the bridegroom or husband and His persons are the bride.
Isaiah 54:5: Certainly, your husband is your Maker—His title is the Lord of Armies—and the Holy One in all Israel is your Redeemer; He’s referred to as the God of all the entire Earth.
Isaiah 62:5: For as a younger man marries a younger lady, so your sons will marry you; and as a groom rejoices over his bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
Jeremiah 3:14 (niv): “Return, faithless folks,” declares the Lord, “for I’m your husband. I’ll select you—one from a city and two from a clan—and produce you to Zion.”
Jeremiah 31:31–32 (niv): “The times are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I’ll make a brand new covenant with the folks of Israel and with the folks of Judah. It won’t be just like the covenant I made with their ancestors after I took them by the hand to steer them out of Egypt, as a result of they broke my covenant, although I used to be a husband to them,” declares the Lord.
The whole e book of Hosea explains how Israel prostituted herself out to different gods, and the way God, as a loving companion, consistently pursues His bride.
Wedding ceremony preparations precede a ceremony, and Israel’s engagement was no exception. “Then Moses got here down from the mountain to the folks and consecrated them, they usually washed their garments. He stated to the folks, ‘Be ready by the third day. Wouldn’t have sexual relations with girls’” (Exod. 19:14–15). The Israelites had been about to enter right into a covenant with God that required them to cleanse themselves for the ceremony earlier than accepting to the vows of the covenant. God initiated the connection at Passover, however consummated the connection on Sinai. The nation was solely capable of obtain, and subsequently obey, God’s instructions after He saved them, not earlier than. God acts; folks react.
Over the course of many days, God would define 613 commandments for Moses, however ten of them He would write with His personal finger on stone tablets. Exodus 20 outlines “The Ten,” as some seek advice from them: 1. You shall don’t have any different gods earlier than Me, 2. You shall not make idols, 3. You shall not take the title of the Lord your God in useless, 4. Bear in mind the Sabbath day, to maintain it holy, 5. Honor your father and your mom, 6. You shall not homicide, 7. You shall not commit adultery, 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness towards your neighbor, 10. You shall not covet.
These are the vows to the connection. They weren’t new instructions, nor would they’ve been a shock for this expectant bride. Previous Testomony scholar Walter Kaiser finds all 10 of the Commandments in Genesis:
- The primary, Genesis 35:2: “Do away with the overseas gods.”
- The second, Genesis 31:39: Laban to Jacob: “However why did you steal my gods?”
- The third, Genesis 24:3: “I need you to swear by the Lord.”
- The fourth, Genesis 2:3: “God blessed the seventh day and made it holy.”
- The fifth, Genesis 27:41: “The times of mourning my father are close to.”
- The sixth, Genesis 4:9: “The place is your brother Abel?”
- The seventh, Genesis 39:9: “How then might I do such a depraved factor and sin towards God?”
- The eighth, Genesis 44:4–7: “Why have you ever stolen my silver cup?”
- The ninth, Genesis 39:17: “[Joseph] got here to me to make sport of me . . . however . . . he ran. . . .”
- Genesis 12:18; 20:3: “You’re nearly as good as lifeless due to the girl you’ve got taken; she is a married lady.”17
The primary 4 commandments converse to our relationship with God, and the ultimate six cope with our relationship with others. The commandments weren’t unfair restrictions or infringements on their private liberties; they had been revolutionary, counter-cultural decrees. In Egypt the folks had been tempted by rampant paganism, sexual immorality, selfishness, greed and lust for energy. God was setting a brand new normal. The legislation shouldn’t be considered as mere conduct to dwell by; it was a way for intimacy with a private God who desired to dwell amongst His folks. Their final obedience to the instructions of God was out of devotion, by no means obligation. The commandments had been a compass to righteous dwelling and a proper relationship with God.
Trendy believers could also be unaware of the parameters of a biblical covenant. It was a proper contract between two events who agreed to the phrases and situations set ahead. In some ways, it’s comparable, in a simplified means, to the contracts we signal for cable TV or cellphone service. We comply with the “phrases and situations” within the high quality print to carry our finish of the discount.
We could have an informal strategy to creating contracts as we speak (a few of us don’t ever learn the phrases), however within the historical world the contractual obligations pertaining to covenants weren’t taken frivolously. Marriage is an instance of a covenant relationship between a person, a lady, and God. We profess love for our partner whereas covenanting with God. On this passage, on the beginning of God’s folks as a nation and as a illustration of God’s kingdom on Earth, Moses capabilities as mediator between God and the folks, a matchmaker if you’ll.
With tablets in hand, Moses approached the individuals who had been wearing “white clothes,” an indication of cleaning and consecration for marriage. He learn the ketubah contract, the Ten Commandments, to the nation as in invitation to a covenant relationship. The folks reply “with a single voice, ‘We are going to do all the things that the Lord has commanded’” (Exod. 24:3). Just like the vow trade between a husband and a spouse, the folks shout: “We do!” God not solely turned their companion, however their king.
Consequently, the Torah (the Phrase of God) reveals the character of the king and the rules for a proper relationship with Him. Dwight Pryor explains, “Inside this body of reference, the Torah is known to be: 1. A gracious reward—given to a redeemed folks and obtained in love, 2. A treasure—that delights, satisfies and restores the soul, 3. Written by the ‘finger of God’—i.e., by the fireplace and the ability of the Spirit, and 4. Steering and instruction—given by a loving Father to His kids, that they might dwell lengthy and prosper within the place divinely appointed for them.”18
Whereas Abraham accepted the yoke of the dominion when God referred to as him, the nation of Israel accepted the yoke of the dominion at Sinai.19 It’s a relationship that can permeate the whole thing of Scripture from this level ahead.
That is an excerpt from Right here And Now: Thriving within the Kingdom of Heaven At present by Robby Gallaty (B&H, 2019). Used with permission. We’ve been taught that salvation is getting man out of earth to dwell in heaven, however the Bible teaches that God needs to convey heaven to earth by man. Jesus spoke concerning the Kingdom of Heaven greater than another matter. Learn the way God’s Kingdom can invade your life as we speak.
Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Lengthy Hole Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a lifetime of drug habit on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he started Replicate Ministries to equip and prepare women and men to be disciples who make disciples. He’s additionally the writer of quite a few books. He and his spouse Kandi have two boys.