Weddings are wonderful events. When I stood at the altar waiting for my bride Marjorie to walk down the aisle, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She is still my beautiful bride and our marriage has proved to be a blessing and an inspiration to many others.
The reason is simple. We did it right! We never dated like many people do today. We never went onto any dating web site. Actually, we were mere friends and there was no romance whatever until the Lord told us that he wanted us to marry and travel the world together in ministry. In other words, we met by divine appointment. God picked us for each other. This truly is a marriage made in Heaven. We are so alike it is amazing.
God has ordained marriage. Jesus’ first miracle happened at a wedding. There is something about a God-ordained marriage that is unique and special, but there is a certain element of mystery about it. Paul spoke of this in Ephesians 5:21-23 when he told us-
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body.
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”
This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
When a man and a woman unite in marriage the union is an illustration or a type of the union between God the Father and Jesus. They are one. Jesus is in the Father in a way that we can only comprehend when we finally stand before them in Heaven. But in marriage, the husband and wife are in a relationship that is physical to be sure, but in a relationship that bonds them together as if they were not two separate individuals but one complete being. The only way I can describe this one-ness is by looking at an egg. It is one egg of course and when you look at it, all that can be seen is the outer shell. It is indeed a mystery as to what is hidden inside, but what is more amazing is that inside that physical shell or body are two totally individual components, that are the yoke and the white. They two are one in the way that Jesus and the Father are one and a husband and wife are one... and Jesus and His Church are one.
The Realities of Eternity
The bible talks about places like Heaven and Hell, which are very real.
Some folk deny their existence, but too many people testify of visiting them. I have! We all have differing testimonies, but also share similar things in common.
In this trilogy of accounts, let me share with you part of my visits to Heaven, a 45 minute visit to Hell and the story of my own son Gary who died and was brought back to life to meet Jesus.
He is now with the Lord.
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Daily Psalm מִזְמוֹר & Proverb מִשְלֵי
Who are those who fear the LORD? He will show them the path they should choose. They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. Psalm 25:12-14
Daily Prescription רָפָא
After they had crossed the lake, they landed at Gennesaret. They brought the boat to shore and climbed out. The people recognized Jesus at once, and they ran throughout the whole area, carrying sick people on mats to wherever they heard he was. Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. Mark 6:53-56
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This "one-ness" started when God made Adam. When God made him, this man was one complete being. God took part of the man out of him and from that part, created Eve. When He did, a part of this man had left him. He was no longer complete in that sense and it is by marriage that the man and the woman reunite to form a whole. It typifies the relationship Jesus has with His Church. It expresses the purest form of love imaginable.
It is not surprising that marriage is being attacked and eroded. In some places of the world, anyone speaking as I am now would probably be sued or taken to court, but the truth remains.God comanded Adam and Eve... a male and a female to reproduce. "Adam and Steve" can never do that! Many people today prefer to call themselves partners rather than husband and wife.
Marjorie is not my partner. She is my wife. I am proud to call myself her husband. Next time, I shall share several points on the making of a truly good marriage.