Like I said in my last post I’ve been looking at marriage and reconsidering it in light of God’s word. One of the things I’ve noticed is a theme running throughout the Scriptures. I’ve seen it many times before, but lately I’ve been meditating on it. I believe that it reveals a significance to the marriage relationship that we tend to overlook.
The theme of God as the Husband and Israel the adulterous wife is a prevalent theme in the Old Testament. In fact one whole prophetic book is dedicated to this theme, the book of Hosea.
Another Scripture that takes up this theme is Isaiah
54:5 For your husband is the one who made you—
the LORD who commands armies is his name.
He is your protector, the Holy One of Israel.
He is called “God of the entire earth.”
54:6 “Indeed, the LORD will call you back
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression,
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
and another is Hosea 2:19–20 (NLT)
19 I will make you my wife forever,
showing you righteousness and justice,
unfailing love and compassion.
20 I will be faithful to you and make you mine,
and you will finally know me as the Lord.
Then when you go to the New Testament we see the Church as the Bride of Christ. In John 3 we see John the baptist referring to Jesus as the Bridegroom, in Eph 5 Paul talks of the everlasting marriage covenant between Christ and the Church, then in Revelation we see the wedding supper of the Lamb. Clearly God is saying something to us about the importance of Marriage in His word.
We overlook the fact that God choose the intimate relationship that should exist between a husband and a wife as an analogy of His relationship to His people. He is forever faithful to us and we are to be forever faithful to him. Easy divorce is the abandonment of God’s purpose for marriage, and results in a society that has no strength of conviction, nor commitment to promises. The scary thing to me is the fact we see this within the Church. Make no mistake this affects not just our witness, but our relationship with God as well.
Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Is 54:5–6). Biblical Studies Press.