Thursday, September 10, 2015

An Ounce of Prevention: (VIDEO) 'The Face(s) of Covenant'

"But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife."---I Corinthians 7:10-11(NLT)

This week, I checked out a video that I think is *just perfect* for this blog. It's an "experiment" that features a 20-something engaged couple who underwent make-up transitions to look like they're 50, 75 and finally 90. It's really quite touching (16,000,000 people have seen it since May) so I'll be quiet and let you check (or recheck) it out:

Prayers go forth that they are able to live out this in "real time". Yet what I adore so much about it is, it's a picture of how covenant was designed, by God, to be. And look. Being that *marital covenant* is what this platform dedicates itself to, I recommend that you read all of this article entitled "Is Marriage a Covenant?" For now, I'll enclose an excerpt:

So is marriage a covenant? Yes. It is a covenant and much more. The Biblical marriage is a divine picture of Christ and His Bride. But in addition to that, the Biblical marriage speaks to us of the mystery of Deity. In the marriage the wife can be likened to the Holy Spirit, and the man to the Word of God. It takes both to produce life. But let's leave the mystical to the side for now.

Part of our modern day problem is that we have drifted far from God's program for marriage. But this problem did not begin yesterday. It reaches far, far back to when the Church began to lose her Biblical moorings, and began to take on a Latin-Greek mind set.

For example, where the Bible teaches the goodness of marriage, the Latin-based church began to take on the idea that marriage was in itself a distraction from a deeper walk with God. The result was monasticism and the eventual requirement of a celibate priesthood. The problem with this picture is that celibacy is never portrayed in the Scriptures as God's best for a deeper spiritual life. In fact, one of the basic requirements to be a pastor is that the man had to be married.

The truth of the matter is that marriage itself relates to things that are deeply spiritual. This means that there are certain things that cannot be discovered in a celibate life style. But the only way to make a marriage work in its spiritual expressions is to return to its Biblical foundation. (This is not an affront against someone who has the gift of celibacy. This gift is from the Lord.)

God said that it was not good for man to be alone. And the very first commandment given to man and woman in the Scripture is, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." (Genesis 1:28)

So once again, is marriage a covenant? Most assuredly. Marriage is the most sacred of covenants. In fact the Hebrew word for marriage and the Hebrew word for holiness is the same word; kiddushin.

Marriage is the only covenant in the Bible that allows two people to be perfectly joined in all areas of life, from the physical to the spiritual. Where else but in marriage can we find such sacredness and dignity placed together?

We're not called to marry someone until we don't feel like being married to them anymore...
We're not even called to marriage until they are no longer lovable...
We are called to be married, one time, for life. No matter what.

Please pray that God leads you to the one that you can do that with and for.

Amen? Amen.



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